When you get a punctured tyre, it can be quite a frustrating situation. It invariably causes delays and will result in you dipping into your pocket, whether or not you can afford it. What you most definitely cannot afford to do is risk your own life by doing something which is ill-advised. We at Accident Advice Helpline have compiled a list of things to be careful of when you need to change a puncture. If you have had an accident which is not your fault in the last three years, we can help you claim.
What to do when you need to change a puncture
- As soon as you are aware that you have a punctured tyre, make sure that you pull over to a safe location without swerving. By pulling over in a smooth fashion, you ensure that you don’t catch other cyclists, cars or even pedestrians off guard.
- Once you have managed to find a safe location, prop your bike up with your stand, remove the wheel if you have the correct tools or call for assistance. If you’re commuting, it’s unlikely that you’ll carry a puncture kit with you, so you will need assistance with your puncture.
What not to do when you need to change a puncture
- You shouldn’t continue riding if you have a puncture, You will either seriously damage your bike or risk falling and hurting yourself. You should stop as soon as possible without causing a pile-up with other cyclists and cars.
- If you’re inexperienced with changing punctures, don’t attempt to change the wheel in the event that things might go awry and you cause further damage.
Who is to blame for your punctured tyre?
Often with punctured tyres, it can be due to worn rubber or a sharp stone on a path. If you’re cycling to work and you’re on the road, you could come across debris from trucks which could cause damage to your tyres. More importantly, you could have a fall and seriously injure yourself. Broken bones, lacerations and head wounds are some of the injuries that Accident Advice Helpline could help you claim for.
If you feel that a third party is responsible for your injury, get in contact by calling our helpline which is active 24/7 on 0800 689 0500 or phone on 0333 500 0993 from a mobile. You can also take our 30-second test to determine if you’re eligible to claim.
Date Published: February 6, 2017
Author: Accident Advice