How to tackle a flat tyre

Knowledge and right tools are all that you need to get out of this tough spot

By   |  Published: 20th Jun 2019  10:28 pm

Knowing how to change a flat tyre is a necessary skill for anyone who drives. Whether or not you will need to put your skill into application is secondary. You might come face-to-face with a flat tyre anywhere and at any given time and there is only so much that internet can do, if you don’t have prior training. Listed below are a few steps you need to follow.

Safe zone

Look for a safe zone as soon as you realise that you have a flat tyre. Do not use break or turn suddenly. Gradually slow down and choose a spot where the ground is level and wide stretch of land to start the process, this choice will keep your car from rolling.

Lights on

Turn on your hazard lights before you start. This will alert other drivers of your presence and avoid any mishaps or they might even stop to help you out.

Loosen the lug nuts

Pull the handbrake and use wheel wedges to ensure that your vehicle stays put. Remove the wheel cover, and turn the lug wrench counter clockwise to loosen all the nuts.

Up your car goes

Place the jack beneath the vehicle, along the flat tyre and use it to lift your car. This will make it easier for you to remove all the nuts and finally the tyre.

Tyre exchange

Remove the flat tyre and replace it with the spare. Push it in gently until the bolts can be seen through the holes.

Tighten the nuts

Put the lug nuts back on and first tighten them using your hands and tools later. Recheck to make sure that all the nuts are positioned properly. Lower the vehicle on to the ground, tighten the nuts again, this time, turning them clockwise. Replace the wheel cap.

Repack your tool kit

Put away the flat tyre and repack your tool kit. Switch off the flash lights, remove the hand brake and drive away.

Tips

• Ensure their proper and regular maintenance
• Always have a spare in-hand
• Keep your spare tyre properly inflated
• Monitor for tread wear

Tools required

• Spare tyre
• Jack
• Lug wrench
• Vehicle’s manual
• Gloves
• Glow-in-the-dark sign posts
• Flashlight with batteries
• Wheel wedges