I have a puncture, what should I do?

Having a puncture while driving can be a terrifying experience.

There’s no escaping it – at some point you will probably end up with a puncture.


Punctures can be mild or severe, depending on which area is punctured. The problem can be caused by nails, screws, sharp rocks or glass.

You may not notice it at first, but if you feel wobbly when driving a car, or you find it difficult to steer the car, or the car suddenly swerves to the left or right, your tyre may have a puncture!


Since November 2014, all new cars in the EU have a tyre pressure monitoring system. If your car is fitted with this, an amber light in the dash will alert you that one of your tyres is underinflated.

It is important to get a punctured tyre repaired or replaced as soon as possible. Driving with a punctured tyre can be dangerous and possibly lead to loss of control of your vehicle or driving with low pressure within the tyre can mean that a puncture may not be repairable as the integrity of the tyre could be compromised by driving with it.


Not all punctures can be repaired safely therefore it is vital to seek professional assistance to ensure that if it is repaired that the repair adheres to the BSAU 159 Standard.


We recommend taking your car to a qualified tyre fitter since the punctured tyre needs to be properly assessed before repair.

At your local First Stop garage, we will:

  • Remove the tyre from the rim and assess it to make sure it is repairable.
  • If repairable, the hole is sealed on the inside to maintain air pressure and the tread area is also sealed to prevent ingress of moisture which would damage the structure of the tyre.


Depending on the location of the puncture, the tyre may not be repaired safely, however, your First Stop specialist will recommend the best type of new tyre that you need for your vehicle.


Did you know Bridgestone® have the innovative DriveGuard technology that allows you to maintain control after a puncture and safely continue driving for up to 80km, until it’s safe to either repair or replace a tyre?

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