Can You Drive with a Nail in Your Tire?

Flat Tire

Has your tire pressure light been coming on lately in your car, but you haven’t seen any noticeable deflation? Is there a lot of construction in the local neighborhoods surrounding Panama City, Springfield, and Callaway? You may have picked up a nail in your tire without even knowing it.

At Honda of Bay County, we don’t want your favorite Honda model to make you sit one day with a flat tire, so we are offering up some advice on what to do and how to protect yourself moving forward. A nail in your tire shouldn’t induce anxiety, as it’s usually a pretty quick fix and our service professionals at more than willing to help.

What to Do if You Find a Nail in Your Tire

Nail in Tire

The tricky thing about a nail or screw in your tire is that it isn’t always noticeable, unless it causes a very fast leak. However, a lot of the time, nails end up plugging the hole they’ve created and therefore don’t making their presence known right away. The first thing you’ll want to do if you discover a nail or screw head within the treads of your tire is to check your tire pressure. You’ll need to see how quickly your tire is losing air.

If it is a quick loss of air, you’ll want to schedule an appointment with our service center to have the tire repaired or replaced. It’s fairly rare that a nail will immediately make your tire go flat. Typically, it’s a slow process and dependent upon the location. You may be able to drive on that tire with a nail it it without an issue, but not for long periods of time.

Our Service Center

Whether the nail is causing immediate issues or is simply becoming bothersome, our service center can help. Upon scheduling an appointment, our service professionals will be able to determine exactly where the nail lies within your tire and what needs to be done. Your tire may be able to go through a repair process instead of a full replacement.

If the foreign object in your tire is in the sidewall, the tire will have to be replaced and it is recommended that you replace both tires in that location according to the drivetrain. However, if your nail is located within the tread and the damage has not been exacerbated, our technicians may be able to plug the tire and put it back on the road. Schedule an appointment with us today!

How to Avoid Recurrence


If one of our service technicians was able to patch and plug your tire, your tire is just as safe to drive on as it once was. However, if you continue to travel in the area in which you first acquired your foreign object, you may be susceptible to more nails and screws, therefore weakening the condition of your patched or plugged tire.

If you’re noticing a lot of construction on your normal route to work, daycare, or home, you may want to be more cautious as these are the areas in which you may be picking up nails and screws. While construction sites probably can’t be avoided entirely, try to avoid driving through piles of debris or near large trash receptacles as there may be stray objects on the ground.

Your Tire Repair Resource

At Honda of Bay County, we want your car to be in the best shape possible. If you’re noticing some issues with a tire, or even with the car in general, don’t hesitate to schedule a service appointment. With our convenient online scheduling system, you’re able to make your appointment on your own time and choose a time that works best for you. Don’t wait, schedule today!

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