Knowing how to care for and repair your tires properly is quite handy. Road hazards, punctures, impacts, or potholes can cause damage that can lead to tire failure. You may notice an instant drop in tire pressure, or it may lose the pressure slowly. In either case, you should bring it in as soon as possible, as driving on a flat or low tire is dangerous and also damaging to your vehicle. Sometimes, the tire damage will be too severe to be repaired, and you may need to replace the tire all together. There are some ways you can temporarily patch your tire until you are able to bring it in, but it is recommended you do so as soon as possible. Why you would need to repair your tires Repairing your tires, no matter what shape they are in is important. It can be dangerous if you are driving on a tire that continuously loses air or has a puncture. It is important to your safety, as well as the safety of others that you have it inspected as soon as possible. By taking in your vehicle to regular tune-ups, you will be able to learn what condition your tires are in, and when you might need to repair or replace them. If your tires start leaking air pressure, they will wear unevenly and cause even more damage to the tires themselves, forcing you to buy new ones. It can also cause you to get lower gas mileage, as the car will need to work harder to make up for the uneven tires. Inspecting the tires It is important to check your tires on a regular basis. You should check them at least once a month and before any long road trips you might be taking. It is also important to go to the regularly scheduled tune-ups for your vehicle, as the mechanic can also check your tires and may see things you have missed. You should look for excessive or irregular tread wear, scrapes, cuts, bulges, cracks, punctures, or stones and other debris that might be embedded in the tread. If you notice any of these or repeated pressure loss over an amount of time, you should take your vehicle in to have it looked at immediately. By keeping your tires inflated in in the best condition, you can help provide safer travels for your self and others. It may do more harm than you think By driving on a tire that is leaking air pressure in one way or another, you are doing more damage than you might think. By driving on a tire that is lower, the tire will start to wear differently and be worn in the wrong spots. This can cause you to have to fully replace the tire, which will cost you more money in the long run. It will also cause your vehicle to work harder to make up for the underinflated tire, and result in lower gas mileage. It can also result in any damage to the undercarriage of your vehicle as well.