Biggest Mistakes People Make When Changing a Flat Tire
If you have a driver’s license, you should know how to change a flat tire. Flat tires can happen anytime, anywhere. But, if you know how to change a spare tire, you’ll get yourself back on the road in no time. There are, however, a few common mistakes that people make when changing a flat. If it’s been a while since you’ve changed a flat tire, take a look at the list below to make sure you don’t turn a simple flat tire into a much bigger problem.
Changing a flat tire
Changing a flat tire may be a straightforward task but there are a few factors that can make it more complicated. Unfortunately, we never get a flat tire in a flat safe location. Typically, you end up on the side of the road with traffic whipping by.
Changing tires in an unsafe location
It’s not ideal to drive on a flat tire, but, try to get as far away from a heavily trafficked area before you change your tire. If the tire is on the side where there is traffic, trying to move about without will make your task much more difficult. And, it could result in an accident. When you do get to a quiet location, you still need to put on your emergency lights to alert oncoming traffic. Don’t assume people can see you squatting next to your car changing the tire.
Respect your jack
Jacking up a car is the closest we get to feel like superheroes. But, although the jack lifts the car with apparent ease, you need to proceed with caution. Before using your jack, make sure you’ve:
Taken your spare tire out of the car and placed it near the flat tire
- Set the emergency brake and secure the car to make sure it doesn’t roll
- Loosened the lug nuts
Repairing flat tire
Congratulations on changing a flat tire! Now, don’t forget the final step to changing a tire: repairing the tire. As soon as you have a chance, go to a service center to have your flat tire fixed. And, while you’re there, have them put the tire back on and put the spare in back in the trunk. Many spare tires aren’t’ meant to be driving for longer periods of time, but you can read about that in another blog.
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