Many of us rush out the house in the morning, jump in to the car and then set off to work or to take the children to school. We often forget to have a quick look round the car before we set off, but taking just 30 seconds to look at the tyres of your vehicle can help avoid you having an accident or damaging your wheels.

A flat tyre is something we all dread and very often it will happen for no apparent reason and with very little warning. If the tyre has developed a slow puncture you may of noticed that you have dad to fill it with air every few days, but then all of a sudden it has got worse.

The first thing to do is to pump the tyre back up, ideally this should be before you drive the vehicle as if you drive on a totally flat tyre it is likely you will not only damage the tyre but also even the wheel trim or alloy. A basic pump that plugs in to your power point in your vehicle costs around £6- £10.

Once pumped up inspect the tyre for any visual damage such as nails or gashes. If you do not find anything you may want to spray a solution made from one part soap to four parts water all around the rim and over the surface of the tyre to see if you can see any bubbles coming up from where the air is escaping. If possible, leave the vehicle for an hour or so and see if it has gone down again. You should then take the vehicle to the nearest garage to get it properly checked and replaced or repaired.