If you drive a Subaru and are having tire problems, knowing what to do can prevent your car from having damage, as well as keep you from being injured. Below you will find some tips on how to handle having a flat tire. Knowing these tips will help get you back on the road again much quicker.
Getting Off the Road
If you have a flat tire on your car, you may think it is okay to drive it to a mechanic to have the tire repaired or replaced. Instead, as soon as it is safe for you to do so, you should pull over and get off the entire roadway, including the breakdown lane. This is because some states allow drivers to drive in the breakdown lane if they are having problems with their car.
Even if your car has a flat tire, you can drive approximately 20 mph and still keep your car under control. You could drive several hundred yards, if needed, without destroying your tire. This is because even though the tire may be bad, it is still protecting the rim.
Watching the Brakes
Your brakes and rotors are connected to your tire, so if the tire is severely damaged, the brake rotors cannot grip onto the tire properly, which results in your car skidding or sliding when you press on the brake. If you notice your car is doing this, do not even drive a short distance, as if you would need to make a sudden stop for any reason, you would injure yourself and/or others.
Replacing the Tires
You should have a spare tire in your car that you can replace your flat tire with so you can get your car to a mechanic. Some cars have those small little "donut" tires that allow you to drive for a certain amount of miles.
Almost all Subaru models manufactured today has Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (AWD) systems. There are different types of AWD systems, and your mechanic should be familiar with this.
With AWD vehicles, all four tires are engaged on the road at all times. For this reason, if you have one tire replaced, you also need to have the other three replaced. All four tires need to have the same tread, and come from the same manufacturer.
Talk with your mechanic if you have any other questions about the tires on your Subaru. To learn more, contact a company like Roos Only.