Can You Drive with a Nail in Your Tire?

Nail Stuck in Tire

A tire is what covers the wheel and allows the vehicle to move. It also provides traction and absorbs shock when traveling on the roads of Atlantic City, Egg Harbor, and Vineland.

Over time, your tires may pick up rocks, screws, nails, and other materials that could cause problems. You may be wondering if you can drive with a nail in your tire. We’ll tell you what to do if that occurs and how you can fix the issue at BMW of Atlantic City today.

What to Do If a Nail Gets in Your Tire

Due to the way a nail can get in a tire, you may drive on it without even realizing it. However, this can be dangerous. So, when you notice a nail in your tire, you’ll want to take action immediately.

While you may be tempted to touch the nail, don’t. If the nail is deep enough, it can plug up the hole, so the air doesn’t escape. You may be able to drive a short distance to your local service center. However, if they’re located a bit farther away, see if they can tow it for you.

The longer you drive on a tire with a nail in it, the worse it can get. It could ruin the tire, resulting in a costly replacement. It could lead to a tire blowout, which could lead to you getting into an accident.

How to Fix a Tire with a Nail in It

Replacing Your Tire

As soon as you notice a nail in one of your tires, contact your local tire center. If the hole is small enough, they may be able to repair it instead of replacing the whole tire. They would do that by removing the nail and patching the hole up with a plug on the outside of the tire and a patch on the inside.

While that sounds easy enough, it’s best left to the professionals. If the hole isn’t closed correctly, moisture can get inside the tire and rust the steel belts.

If the hole is too big or on a certain part of the tire, then it can’t be patched safely. At that point, the whole tire will need to be replaced.

Replacing a Worn Tire


Get Your Worn Tire Replaced

Replacing a tire is easy at our advanced tire center. Here, you’ll find high-quality tires for every type of BMW, be it a 3 Series, 5 Series, X2, or X3.

We carry various brands, such as:

  • Bridgestone
  • Continental
  • Michelin
  • Goodyear

Plus, we’ll make sure to outfit your vehicle with the right tire type and size. That way, you can rest assured that the tires will provide optimum handling on dry and wet surfaces. They’ll also have the right rolling resistance for a continuously fuel-efficient performance.

Schedule Tire Service Today

If you get a nail in your tire, we don’t recommend continuing to drive around Atlantic City, Egg Harbor, or Vineland. Instead, contact BMW of Atlantic City to schedule a service appointment and we’ll get your tires all patched up in no time.