Stop driving when you get a flat tire
For some reason there was a woman according to the person shooting this video who was driving on a highway with a pretty high rate of speed with minimal portion of her wheel left.
So for simple math lets say that this Dodge Ram had a cheap tire on it, that was maybe even repairable, just about any shop would repair the tire for free with a simple plug, if it was a repairable issue hoping that they get a customer for life next time you have an issue. Secondly even if you know the shop can repair for free, but it turns out to not be repairable, odds are you will have the shop you are at sell you a new tire, instead of shopping around.
The medium range cost lets say of stopping when your tire is completely flat; cost of a tire say $250-350 installed if this is a 20 inch wheel which is pretty standard.
Even better is if you had recently purchased your vehicle, or its tires and happen to have a road hazard warranty you may not have to pay anything, or the total could be drastically reduced.
If you notice a bad ride, or your vehicle happens to have a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) as nearly all new vehicles do it will give you an alert before, or during driving; pull over to a safe spot, and check for a damaged tire. If it is damaged, install your spare tire. If you don’t have a spare tire like most small cars these days, there is often a roadside support number to call for support.
In the actual above scenario, judging by how much of the actual wheel is gone, this driver will need:
- Wheel $250 part only, plus the old wheel or “core” is not available to a repair market so add on another $100-200
- New TPMS sensor $50-80
- Wheel bearing $80 part only
- Lug Nuts $30
- Brakes $200
- Possibly a new knuckle, tie rod, other suspension parts
- Front end alignment $125
Easily a $1200-1500 repair when factoring in labor, because you couldn’t be bothered to pull over and stop your vehicle.