Regular tire maintenance should help keep your tires in good working condition. But there is more you can do. The following guide will help you prevent a flat tire and show you how to fix one, if you are ever in that situation.
Consider Preventative Measures
The following are just some things you can do to make sure your tires are ready for the road:
- The first thing you should do is make sure your tires are properly inflated. Check your owner's manual to find out the proper air pressure for your tires. This should keep your tires strong so that they can resist questionable road conditions.
- Make sure your tires wear evenly. Uneven wear will make your tires more susceptible to a flat.
- You can also check to see if your tires have enough thread. You can do this easily by using a penny and inserting it into your tire tread. Make sure you are inserting the penny with Lincoln's head upside down. Your tires have enough tread if you cannot see Lincoln's head. It is time to replace your tires if you do not have enough tread.
- Avoid potholes, objects on the road or rough roads altogether.
No matter how much you prepare, problems may still happen. So it is always good to know how to change your tires.
Replacing Your Flat Tire
You will need the following tools to deal with a flat tire:
- Tire iron
- Spare tire or new tire
- Emergency highway cones
- Your owner's manual
Follow the steps below to change your flat tire:
- Drive your car to the side of the highway where you can work safely.
- Turn off your car, and put your emergency lights on.
- Put your emergency cones around your car and the area where you are going to work.
- Jack up your car, and use your tire iron to remove the wheel lugs. Make sure you use your jack on the proper jack-up areas, which should be pointed out in your owner's manual.
- Replace your tire with your new or spare tire.
Remember to call your towing company if you do not feel comfortable taking care of this issue on your own. A good towing company usually carries all the necessary tools to deal with a flat. Some can even bring the spare tire that your car needs to get you back on the road without having to visit an auto care shop.