It is almost inevitable that at one point or another, you will have to deal with a tire that has a nail (or sharp rock) within it. The first thing that should be done is to check the tire pressure to evaluate if the tire is loosing any air. If you notice that the air pressure is in fact low, you should remove the tire and place your spare on it. Or you can call for roadside assistance and we will place the spare onto your vehicle for you.
The reason why you should place a spare onto your vehicle immediately is a combination of things. Mainly it is that if you are moving, the tire could burst and could cause the driver to be in unsafe conditions. Another reason is if there is moisture on the ground (snow, rain, or ice) there is the possibility that the water can get inside the steel belt of your tire. If this happens, the steel belt can corrode and it may not be able to hold a tire onto it anymore. Which would be an even bigger problem then dealing with a punctured tire in being that you would have to replace the entire part (tire, tubes, and the wheel well).
Once your vehicle is brought to a mechanic, like A1 Towing NYC, the mechanic can remove the tire and assess if the tire can be repaired or if it needs to be replaced. A tire can be repaired if the puncture is one forth of an inch from the tire’s tread. A tire can only be repaired twice, but if the damage happens within sixteen inches of the previous damage, then the tire will have to be completely replaced. This is because the tire will have a greater risk of bursting if the damage of the previous puncture is too close to the new puncture. If the tire can be repaired, either a plug, patch, or a valve stem will be placed on the tire.