A blog article on the mistakes to avoid and what to do when you get a flat tire.
What to Keep in Your Car
We’ve all been there before – you’re driving along, and suddenly, you hear that telltale sound of a flat tire. If you’re lucky, you’ll be near a service station or have a spare tire in your trunk. But if you’re not, you could be stranded on the side of the road.
That’s why it’s always a good idea to keep some essential items in your car, just in case you get a flat tire. At the very least, you should have a jack and a lug wrench to change the tire yourself. It’s also a good idea to keep some flares or reflective triangles in your car, so other drivers will see you and know to avoid your vehicle.
If you don’t know how to change a tire, it’s worth learning how. It’s not difficult, but it is something that everyone should know how to do. After all, you never know when you might need to change a tire – and it’s always better to prepare.
How to Change a Flat Tire
If you’re lucky enough to catch a flat tire before it happens, you can avoid the whole ordeal by simply changing your tire. This process is relatively easy and only requires a few tools.
First, you’ll need to locate your spare tire. Most cars have them in the trunk, but some may have them mounted underneath the vehicle. Once you’ve found it, remove the hubcap (if your car has one) and loosen the lug nuts with a wrench. Now, you can jack up the car and remove the flat tire.
To install the new tire, line it up with the bolts and tighten the lug nuts. Be sure not to overtighten them, as this could cause damage. Once they’re all snug, lower the car back down and give the lug nuts one final tightening.
That’s it! You’ve now successfully changed a flat tire.
Alternatives to Changing a Flat Tire
If you ran aground on the side of the road with a flat tire, don’t despair! You can do a few things to get back on the road.
One option is to call a tow truck or roadside assistance service to come and change your tire for you. It is probably the easiest option, but it may cost you a bit.
Another option is to try to change the tire yourself. It shouldn’t be too difficult if you have a spare tire and a jack. However, if you don’t have an extra or are unsure how to change a tire, it’s probably best to call for help.
Finally, if you’re in a real bind, you can always try to flag down a passing car and see if they can help. Be cautious when doing this, as it can be dangerous.
Hopefully, one option will help you if you ever find yourself with a flat tire!
What Else Should I Know?
If you get a flat tire, it’s essential to know what to do next. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
- If you have a spare tire, be sure to know how to change it. It could be a lifesaver if you ran aground on the side of the road.
- If you don’t have a spare tire or are unsure how to change one, call a tow truck or roadside assistance. The assistance will be able to help you out and get you back on the road.
- Once you’ve changed your tire or need help from a tow truck, drive until you can get your tire repaired or replaced. A flat tire can cause problems with your car’s handling, so it’s best to take it easy until you can get it fixed.