If you break down or you get a puncture in the middle of a journey, it’s important to be aware of how to carry out repairs or wait for assistance safely to reduce the risk of road traffic accidents.
Here are five safety tips to help you steer clear of injury when changing a tyre on the side of the road:
- Be prepared: It’s always a good idea to be prepared when it comes to car maintenance, as you never know when an incident may occur. Carry basic tools with you and always ensure you have a spare tyre, which meets the required safety standards.
- Stop in a safe place: If you need to change your tyre, make sure you are well clear of the road and pull over in a safe place, such as the hard shoulder. Ensure that you stop on stable, flat ground and get as far away from passing traffic as possible. Do not attempt to change your tyre on a hill or on soft or loose ground.
- Put your hazard lights on: When you have stopped in a safe place, put your hazard warning lights on to alert other drivers and reduce the risk of a collision on the road. You should also position your triangular warning sign at a safe distance from the car to inform passing drivers of your presence.
- Keep passengers away from the road: If you are carrying passengers, ask them to move away from the road and the car; it is best to stand on an embankment as far away from the road as possible.
- Use tyre blocks: Tyre blocks help to prevent the car from moving while you are trying to change the tyre. Once the blocks are in place, use a wrench to loosen the nuts and jack up the car. Remove the tyre and then replace it with a spare; fix the new tyre securely in place by tightening the bolts. Slowly lower the vehicle and then remove the jack. Tighten the nuts until they cannot be tightened any further, clear your warning triangle away, get everyone back in the car and then move off once it is safe to do so.
Road accident compensation
If you’ve been injured on the roads and you were not to blame, Accident Advice Helpline could help you claim car crash compensation. If the road incident happened within the last three years and have conclusive evidence to support your claim that the road accident was not your fault, call Accident Advice Helpline today on Freephone number, 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice