What a nightmare it is to get a flat tyre whilst on a journey. Millstream Motor Co values the safety of it’s customers and here are a few tips on how to be safe and prepared in the eventuality of a flat tyre.

If you need to book your car in to have your tyre(s) replaced or repaired you can use our specialist Ringwood Tyres website to choose the tyres you need and to book your vehicle in for the fitting of your new tyres, or pop in and see us if you’re not sure what you want and would like some advice. You can also give us a call if that’s easier on 01425 477822.

Here are a few hints that can make life easier when changing a tyre:

  • Gloves – Keep a pair in the car at all times.
  • Torch – Always keep a torch in your car, in case of breakdown or puncture at night or in poor visability.
  • Firm Board – If the ground is soft the jack may sink, so you can use the board as a stand.
  • Wheel Nuts – Grease threads lightly to allow easy removal.
  • Wheel Nuts – Make sure these are tightened correctly.
  • Wheel Nuts – Correct tightening will allow easier removal next time.
  • Wheel Balancing – Always have this done after repair.
  • Tyre Pressure – Never drive too far or too fast after replacing a tyre until the pressure is checked and at the correct level. Refer to Owners Manual.
  • Spare Tyre – Check and examine condition regularly.


It is not always necessary to replace a tyre when punctured. In some cases the tyre can be repaired. However Milllstream Motor Co advise that you get your Tyre checked by one of our professional tyre fitters. If you have any queries, please call 01425 477822 or 01202 290990 or use our onlline booking form to book your vehicle in with us to have the tyres checked.

What is Suitable for repair?

Millstream would like to point out that certain checks are mandatory before repairing any tyre. (General Requirements of BSAU159f.) This ensures whether a tyre is suitable for repair.

We would check the following:

  • Minimum Tread Depth Requirement. (Cars 1.6mm, Truck & Motorcycle 1.0mm)
  • Run flat damage – damage caused by driving whilst the tyre is flat
  • Contamination
  • Ageing/deterioration of the rubber
  • Bead/Liner Damage
  • Previous repairs not in accordance with BS159

If any of the above is evident it is recommended that tyre is not suitable for repair. Do not repair it. These are only guidelines, and not an exhaustive list. Basic principles of common sense must be adhered to when deciding upon puncture repair. If in any doubt contact Millstream Motor Co and we can have a look for you.

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These questions and answers were provided by the Department of Transport approved website –www.tyresafe.org. Click the + symbol to see the answer:

How can I find out if my tyre can be repaired following a puncture?

Minor repairs to passenger and light van tyres must be carried out in accordance with the recommendations in the prevailing issue of British Standard BS AU 159.

How far/fast can I drive with a run flat tyre in a deflated condition?

Recommendations in the area may differ from tyre manufacturer to manufacturer and drivers should always consult the car manufacturer’s handbook for the distance that can be travelled and speed driven.

Do I have to fit winter tyres in the winter?

In the UK this is not a requirement although some driver in the north of the UK do choose to switch to winter tyres at the appropriate time of the year. UK drivers travelling to certain European countries may be required to fit winter tyres and this information is available from the DfT.

Are tyres recycled?

Almost all tyres scrapped here in the UK are responsibly disposed of. Some are retreaded and therefore have a second or even third life. Some tyres are recycled and used in children’s play areas for instance. Many tyres that cannot be re-used are used as a fuel source at cement kilns.

How many miles can I get from my set of tyres?

Tyre life is very dependent on the way that they are used. A set of tyres well maintained and used exclusively on motorways can return a much higher mileage against tyres badly maintained and ill treated in a city centre and urban environment.

How can I find out the correct pressure for my tyres?

The car manufacturers handbook does contain this information and at many tyre retailers they will have a pressure chart to consult. Failing that contact with the tyre manufacturer will provide the information.