Few things are as frustrating for motorists as a flat tyre. As road traffic accidents go, it is admittedly on the lower end of the scale when compared to car crashes and other road accidents, but that does not mean that they are not a significant and substantial pain.
While the prospect of changing a tyre, particularly at a busy roadside, the alternative of sitting and awaiting rescue is often not viable both in terms of time and expense. Here, then, is a key guide to the essentials.
Changing car tyres and avoiding accidents on the road
Step one – secure the vehicle: the last thing you want is for your incident on the road to get any worse or cause any further traffic accidents. Using bricks, wedges, wheel chocks or pretty much anything you can lay your hands on, secure the opposite end of the car to the end which you wish to raise.
Step two- loosen the lug nuts: Remember not to remove them completely, you just want to loosen them using a wrench. This sometimes requires considerable force so don’t be afraid to lean heavily on the wrench.
Step three -jack up the vehicle: Every good motorist has either a scissor or hydraulic jack in the boot. Having placed the handle of the hydraulic jack into a sturdy and suitable location on the car, pump the handle up and down, ensuring you get a full range of movement as this will help minimise the workload.
Step four- remove the wheel cover: This needs to be done carefully as it can damage the new tyre if bent out of shape and cause further road traffic incidents down the line. Use a screwdriver or something similar to prise the cover away from the flat wheel.
Step fIve – remove the flat tyre: Having taken the lug nuts off the rest of the way by hand, a firm grip and pull on the tyre should see it slide off into your hands. Store it at the rear of the vehicle where it is out of your way and can’t cause a car accident for anyone else.
Step six – lift the spare tyre onto the lug bolts: Almost done, but take care with this stage as tyres are heavy and the last thing you want is an injury to compound the situation.
Step seven – replace the cover and nuts and tighten everything back up.
A simple procedure to get you safely back on the road.
Date Published: September 2, 2013
Author: David Brown