Common Causes of Flat Tires

A flat tire is something that happens to most drivers at some point. Although flats aren’t entirely preventable, there are steps you can take to reduce the risk of them happening to you. Here is a look at some of the most likely causes of flat tires, so you can try to avoid them—and avoid ending up stuck on the side of the road in need of a tow.


Tires have specific recommendations for pressure levels that are set by the manufacturers. You can find the right tire pressure for yours by looking on the side of the tires or checking your owner’s manual if you still have the factory tires on your car. Under-inflating your tires can decrease your gas mileage and drivability, but over-inflating your tires is more dangerous, because it can cause a blowout to happen while you’re driving. Periodically check your tire pressure and make sure yours stay within the range recommended by the manufacturer.

Worn Tread

The tread on your tires wears out over time. The less tread you have, the more vulnerable your tires are to flats. Check different spots on the tires while visually inspecting them, as tread can sometimes wear unevenly. Have your tires rotated regularly to encourage even wearing and get professional eyes on your tires periodically.


Unfortunately, a flat tire can happen out of the blue when debris in the road punctures the tire surface. It’s not always possible to avoid sharp objects in the road, but you can reduce the risk of punctures by always driving around anything you see lying on the street. Be especially vigilant when you drive through construction zones, where nails, screws, and other debris are more likely to be in the road.


If a flat does happen to you, Barnett’s Towing is here to help with fast, courteous service, around the clock. When you’re stranded with your vehicle, call our Arizona-based towing company at (800) 722-2303.