Every car owner will agree that punctures are annoying. To add to that, they have a nasty habit of happening whenever you are in a hurry. Late to office? Hi, I am a flat tyre; I am waiting for you! Need to drop the kids off at school? Surprise, surprise: we have a puncture! Nearly every small and sharp object on the road can cause a tyre puncture. Furthermore, there are different types of punctures that you might face. It can be a slow leak, where the tyre pressure will deplete over a span of many hours or even days, or it can be a sudden rupture, wholly deflating the tyre in a few seconds. Now, mending a puncture might sound easy, but there are two critical things that you should keep an eye out for. Make sure the inner tube is in decent condition to hold your car’s weight. Make sure the entire leak is patched correctly and tightly sealed. Also, there can be multiple small leaks, so look out for that too. Repairing a puncture is not a very tough job. However, it is best to take it to a reputable car garage in your neighbourhood. A simple Google search, like ‘car garages and Tyres in Wolverhampton, will tell you which one is the most popular in your area. Let’s get back to business now. There are multiple ways you can repair a leak, but most people prefer the age-old patch and plug method for its proven track record. The patch and the plug One method that people have been using for ages was to attach a piece of patch on the leak from inside to properly seal their car tyres. However, there was one shortcoming. Moisture would leak inside from tiny fissures of a puncture, which would inflate it and let its air pass through. That’s why the UK government has made a ‘plug’ and a ‘patch’ mandatory. The correct way This method is also known as a ‘combi-repair’ or a ‘mushroom repair’. First, the mechanic will unmount the tyre and inspect its insides. After he/she locates that leak, they will put a plug around that hole. A patch (also from the inside) will go on top of that plug and correctly seal the entire thing. The incorrect way Don’t let anyone fool you; just attaching a simple patch from the inside will not seal the entire leak. As mentioned before, it will eventually swell up from moisture. Its sidewall will also develop a bulge where the pressure is high. It will compromise your safety, and of course, won’t let your car clear an MOT test. Verdict Most car owners take puncture repairs for granted: that is because they are so commonplace that no one cares about them anymore. However, incorrect repair work can make you unsafe on the road, and among many other things, cause your car to flunk an MOT test. So, the next time someone says that they can mend a leak within a few minutes, don’t leave your car with them. Always repair it according to the British Standard (yes, it’s lengthy and complicated, but it is for your own good).