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Unread 01-21-2016, 08:18 AM   #1
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Scary morning. On my way to work, my car felt unbalanced and unstable. Had a feeling I had a flat but there was nowhere to safely pull over. Finally made it to a convenient store. Sure enough my rear tire was flat.

At this point I was only a mile from work and running late from driving slow. I figured I made it this far and drove the rest of the way. In the end, I drove about 8 miles on a flat.

I'm only a mile away from my Honda dealership. Thinking of making the drive on the flat. My theory is if I made it all the way to work, then what is another mile. Is this a horrible idea? I'm one of those clueless bookish types that can barely use a screwdriver. Any advice will be highly appreciated.

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Unread 01-21-2016, 10:14 AM   #2
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It's only a matter of time before the tire shreds and you destroy your wheel. Who knows what damage you've already done by driving around on a flat.

It's also worth mentioning that a flat tire may very well be repairable. Driving around on it flat is guaranteed to destroy the tire, forcing you to get a new one rather than fixed for <$20. What other damage your flat tire is causing in addition to this should be a serious concern.

Driving on a flat is also extremely dangerous and could cause you to get in an accident.

Take the time to put the spare tire on. You should have done this IMMEDIATELY after noticing you had a flat tire. Don't be stupid.
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That being said, a tyre isn't a very expensive part.

So if a flat happens on the open road, and there is a place to pull over that is safer than just the hard shoulder within a couple of hundreds of feet, than I too would continue to drive (at a snail pace and on the hard shoulder) rather than pull over on the spot.

Cars have a tendency to hit other road users that pull over on the side of the road. Something to do with them attracting the drivers' attention and in doing so causing them to steer towards them.

The resultant hit tends to be of severe consequences, especially if the driver of the stopped car is squatting to replace a tyre, even on the offside of the car...

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I've learned the hard way to never touch tools. I WILL make a problem worse. Think I'll be prudent and call roadside assistance instead of driving to the dealership on a flat.

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Hahahah you're a good man for admitting that, I know I've fallen victim to my own enthusiasm as a DIY mechanic.

I would try to learn how to put a spare tire on. There's basics every driver should be able to do and that's one of them.
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I've once had my left rear wheel literally come loose on me once. I couldn't go beyond 10 mph without feeling it's affects. I made it to a junk yard and they were about to close. Luckily, they told me if I can find the right screw before they close, I can have it for free. I had one of my friend whose a mechanic with me so he was able to find it and take it apart and put it into my car. He told me it's one of those screws which is brand specific (honda) or something like that and nothing else would fit properly.

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