What to do when you get a flat tire

March 29, 2011

So you’re driving down the highway and you suspect you may have gotten a flat tire. In some cases a light will come on indicating your car has low tire pressure. If you drive a car, it is likely you will get at least one flat tire in your lifetime. When it does happen make sure you follow these six simple steps and you will make it out just fine.

1. The most important decision is to get to a safe location.

Many people get killed each year when cars hit them as they attempt to change a tire on the side of a highway or when they decide to sit in their car waiting for a tow truck. If you are in an unsafe location drive your car until you get off the highway or at least until you are well out of the traffic. What most people don’t understand is you can drive on a flat tire without causing a any significant damage to your car. Most of the time the only damage you will do is to the tire that is flat, and your life is not worth a $60.00 tire. If you don’t want to drive the car get out and stand behind the guard rail, never wait in your car.

2. Call someone and let them know where you are.

Notify a friend or a family member of your situation and location. Because flat tires happen at the most unfortunate times and always in the worst areas, you need to make sure someone knows where you are.

3. Make a plan.

Decide what your best and safest option is.
• If you have never changed a tire, don’t try, call a professional it is worth the $50.00
• If you decide to change your tire make sure you do it in a safe location.
• It is important to communicate your plan with your contact.

4. Follow through with your plan.

5. When you get back on the road call your contact and let them know you are back on the road.

6. When you get home have your regular tire/rim repaired and placed back on your car.

Most spare tires are not intended for extended use.

Flat tires usually happen when you least expect them. It is important to prepare for the unexpected. Practice changing your tire at home, so when you really need to do it, you can. Stay safe out there!

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