Dealing with a flat tire is one of the most frustrating things for car drivers, and is even scary is some situations. If you are driving at high speeds when your tire blows, it not only can cause damage to the vehicle, but it could result in an accident or a collision as well, which could cause further damage. According to AAA, about one-third of roadside emergencies are tire-related. Whether you are driving on the highway or going slower on main roads or side streets when you realize you’ve got a flat, don’t panic.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Department of Transportation offer these tips for what to do when you get a flat tire:
Once you have safely pulled over and stopped the vehicle, you should turn on your emergency flashers and get out to asses the situation if it’s safe to do so. If you have emergency reflective triangles or road flares, place them around your vehicle to alert oncoming traffic of your presence. Next, inspect your vehicle for any damage. If it looks okay, and you have a spare on hand and the tools and know-how, you can change the flat tire.
You should only change the flat tire yourself if you have the experience, the necessary tools, and are in a safe place to do so. If you are on a busy highway with traffic flying by at high-speeds and you are alone, or if you don’t know how to change a flat, you should call for help. For a refresher on how to change a flat, follow these steps.
If you are not in a safe place to change the flat tire, or if you don’t know how to change a flat or don’t have a spare tire anyways, you will need to call for help.
If you are stuck on the road with a flat tire, you can call your local towing company for help. Some towing companies not only offer the usual towing services, but they also provide emergency roadside assistance as well. If your vehicle sustains damage from the wheel blowing out, a tow truck can safely tow you to a repair shop or your home until you can call a repair shop to schedule an appointment. If the vehicle was not damaged, towing companies that offer roadside assistance usually have the tools and experience necessary to change a flat tire or temporarily fix the flat until you can get a new one.
Before heading back out on the road, there are some steps you should take to ensure you are prepared for the next time you get a flat tire, or to keep from getting a flat again.
Spare tires do not last long. If you used your spare already, or if you didn’t have one in the first place, you should buy a new one. You should also keep the necessary tools and equipment on hand in case of another emergency. This includes a jack, a lug wrench, wheel wedges, gloves, a flashlight, and reflective triangles or road flares.
If you detect any of these signs while driving, you should immediately slow down and head to a technician to check your tires:
Keeping up with routine car maintenance, including having the tires checked at every service appointment will help ensure the health of your tires. Though a flat tire can occur even with a new tire, you will have lower chances of blowing a tire if you keep up with regular maintenance checks.
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