Ottawa Flat Tire

Mar 02, 2015

A few weeks ago we blogged about the temperature warming up and the beginning of pothole season. Call it karma but shortly after posting the blog I hit a pothole myself that nearly blew a tire off the rim. Luckily I did not get a flat tire but I had to check the pressure and refill the tire, as it had lost pressure.

The tire looked fine but I noticed my gas mileage had decreased significantly. The point of the story; during this flat tire season make sure you check your tire pressure every few stops at the gas station. A slight change in tire pressure can cost you at the pumps! It can also wear your tires unevenly and quickly.

I was also curious to see if I had got a flat tire what my options or rights would be to file a claim with the City of Ottawa, as these are not covered by insurance. In my earlier post I mentioned the dedicated road crews of our City work vigorously to fix these flat tire causing problems but they need our help. Potholes need to be reported to the City of Ottawa Claims department.

The City has between 4-30 days to fix the problem, once it has been reported, before any claims will be accepted for damage or flat tire replacement costs caused by that specific pothole.

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Let’s help each other out and make sure to report any large or potential tire busters! Please help avoid a flat tire for a neighbour and report it at: 613-580-2655 or e-mail at

As always, we are on standby 24/7 to help with any towing or roadside service requirements including flat tires, tire replacement or help putting your spare on quickly and safely. Spares can be difficult to properly installed so called the professionals and let us assure you back on your way safely. It will likely save you money in the long run!

If you have a donut on, please avoid highways. 80kms maximum

I’ve never seen pothole proof or flat tire resistant tires but I just found these from Michelin. Pretty cool!