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Is this safe to drive on? Tire pressure has been same for days, and not losing air. Thanks all

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    Drive slowly to a tire center and replace it, that or put on a spare if you have one, Do It NOW.
    – Moab
    Oct 10 '19 at 15:25
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    Don't drive on this tire. Not fast, not slowly, don't drive. If you have a spare tire, use it for the drive to the workshop, if not, have your car lift towed. Damage like this can cause explosive failure any minute, which is a very dangerous thing to happen at any speed as it will inevitably freak you and other drivers out, fire pieces of rubber in their faces at high speed and cause other problems you may be held liable for.
    – Pavel
    Oct 11 '19 at 7:40
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    I once had a front tire blow out whilst doing approx 30mph. Before I even had chance to comprehend what was going on, the car was on the pavement, narrowly missing parked cars and a pedestrian. Somehow we managed to stop within millimeters from going through a garden wall. DO NOT drive on this for any reason other than taking it to the garage for a new tire. Oct 11 '19 at 18:49
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    Losing air is not the only problem a tyre can have. This one is going for a bang.
    – Mast
    Oct 12 '19 at 8:28

That needs changing NOW

It is not safe even though it may not be loosing air it could fail at any mment...


I can tell you that in the UK, it would fail an MOT inspection. Specifically; 5.2.3 (d) (ii) "A tyre with a lump, bulge or tear caused by separation or partial failure of its structure"

Given that it would fail a UK MOT, I'd personally advise that in my view it is not safe to drive on.

  • If I'm not mistake UK laws do allow for driving a theoretically unsafe car (eg safe to drive a short distance but doesnt meet MOT standards), only on the provision that it is being driven to a place which is able to fix the problem at that time and in which an official appointment has been set. Also, I think that the location has to be within a reasonable drive (eg you've not ignored the 3 garages nearer to home that you could rake it to). Oct 11 '19 at 18:52
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    You are mistaken. You are permitted to drive a car without an MOT to be inspected but it must not have any dangerous defects or you can be prosecuted for driving a dangerous vehicle. Oct 11 '19 at 19:04
  • You might want to read this this which confirms what I said: askthe.police.uk/content/Q360.htm or this: leicestermercury.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/… or this: halfordsautocentres.com/advice/mot-advice/… Oct 11 '19 at 21:10
  • The first link says exactly what I said; you an drive a vehicle without MOT to a pre-arranges MOT inspection. It remains an offence to drive any car that has a dangerous defect on the public road. Driving a vehicle with a defective tyre may be dealt with by means of 3 points and a fine. Oct 11 '19 at 21:42
  • Sure, if you want to ignore the bits that backup my point, as well as ignoring the other 2 articles I linked. Oct 12 '19 at 18:41

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