Is It Safe to Drive with a Bump in My Tire Sidewall?

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Michael Thomas Thompson asked 5 months ago
I recently noticed a bump in the sidewall of my tire and am concerned about the safety of driving it to a mechanic. The bump is quite noticeable and I'm worried it might lead to a blowout. Is it safe to drive for about 10 minutes to get to my local mechanic for a replacement, or should I take other precautions?
1 Answers
Zack Norman Staff answered 5 months ago
Hi there, Micheal! A bump in the tire sidewall, often referred to as a tire bubble, is a significant concern. It's caused by air leaking into the internal layers of the tire, usually due to an impact like hitting a pothole or a curb. This compromises the tire's structural integrity, leading to a potential blowout. Here's what you need to consider:
  1. Short Distance Travel: If the mechanic's shop is only 10 minutes away, it's generally safe to drive there cautiously. However, avoid bumps, potholes, and drive at a reduced speed.
  2. Monitor the Tire: Keep an eye on the bump's size. If it grows noticeably, it’s better not to drive and consider other options like a tow service.
  3. Check Warranty: Since tire sidewall issues can occur even with new tires, check if your tire is under warranty.
  4. Avoid Long Journeys: We advise against using the tire for extended periods or at high speeds until it's replaced.
  5. Preventive Measures: Regularly inspect your tires for any signs of damage, especially after driving through rough terrain.
  6. Quality of Tires: This issue can occur with any brand, but frequent checks can help catch problems early.
In summary, a short, careful drive to the mechanic should be okay, but prioritize getting that tire replaced as soon as possible for your safety. Zack - Motor Verso Mechanics Team