What causes a tyre puncture?

There are few things more frustrating for drivers than dealing with punctures when driving. They can stop you in your tracks and leave you waiting for someo

Flat tyre Puncture

Flat tyre Puncture

ne to come along and rescue you or get you and your car back on the road.

However, there are many reasons a car could suffer a puncture. Here, we take a look at just a few of the most common causes, and discuss the best ways to avoid them.

Sharp debris

By far the most common reason a car will suffer a puncture, debris on the road can be highly problematic. Whether it’s a nail or a screw that has somehow landed on your route, or something that’s fallen from a car or lorry, when the tyre wall is punctured by a sharp object, it’s bad news for drivers. Whether it’s a slow puncture or a more serious blowout, checking your tyres regularly for any damage is important so you can have new tyres fitted as soon as possible as and when your tyres suffer punctures.


Along the same lines as debris on the road, punctures are very hard to predict or avoid when it comes to potholes. Although we all probably like to think we could avoid them, every year, more and more potholes emerge on British roads, and when they aren’t fixed, they represent a significant risk for drivers. If a car happens to go over a particularly deep pothole, there can be a range of damage caused, including broken suspension, buckled wheels and even punctures, if the tyre wall is breached.

Worn tyres

A problem most people probably don’t think of, but very worn down tyres can lead to a puncture at any moment. When the rubber on your tyres wears out completely, the chances of a tear or a gap appearing are heightened, and you could well suffer a blowout at s

peed. So it’s always a good idea to make sure you check your tyres regularly, and if they are looking a bit tired and worn, and the tread is low, make sure you book an appointment to have them replaced before you suffer a puncture.

Incorrect inflation

Finally, punctures can also be caused if you happen to inflate your tyres a little too much. People are often tempted to simply pump up their tyres until they are at the same pressure level as always. However, there are times when this can be too high. For example, if you are carrying a particularly heavy load, and your tyres are too highly inflated, it can cause real problems and lead to leaks thanks to the extra pressure on the tyre walls, meaning your tyres can puncture easily.

There are any number of reasons why your car might suffer a puncture, not all of which are easy to predict, but making sure you take the time to check your tyres on a regular basis is the best way to give yourself the best chance of spotting and rectifying problems early on.