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The exact distance of how far you can drive on a flat tire can depend on a lot of details. One of the most important ones is how flat your tire is, a complete blow out where your rims are in direct contact with the road should not be driven on at all if you can help it. If your tire is just a bit low on air, you can probably make it a hundred feet or two, long enough for you to pull over to a safe place to change or patch the tire. Another important fact is what kind of rims you have, the stronger the material your rims are made out of the better off you will be driving on them. Driving on a flat tire is never good for any car but if your have aluminum rims they are more likely to buckle and bend than a steel. For the most part you should never drive on a flat tire if you have a choice but in most cases you will be able to drive just long enough to make it to the side of the road. A major exception to this is of course the run flat brand of tires, they are specifically made to run better with a puncture and loss of air than a regular tire.

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April 11, 2011