This is the all in one guide to how to deal with a flat tire. Picture this you are driving to get to work and all of a sudden you hear the sound of your tire popping now what? If you are like one of the million people who does not know how to change a flat tire than this step by step guide on what to do when you a get a flat tire will be able to help you.
In the trunk of your car, there should be a kit that has a tire wrench, a user manual, a jack, and a good spare. We also recommend a rain poncho, gloves, a flashlight with batteries which does not come in the kit but is well needed in certain situations. When you get a flat tire, the first thing to do is pull over to safety away from traffic and put on your hazard lights to warn everyone passing by and be careful while driving by and to watch out for you as you change your tire.
Once you have pulled over to the side and turn the hazard lights on take out your kit and take a look at your user manual because every vehicle is different and although changing the tire is the same for all vehicles some come with a special key to release the spare tire. Bring everything down from the kit and remove the hubcap from the flat tire you want to remove. Loosen lug nuts without removing the lug nuts completely you may have to use a little force that is ok, try using your foot and body weight if needed. Check the spare tire to see if it is in good condition making sure there is no wear and tear on the tire.
Place the jack beneath the frame alongside the flat tire. Very carefully raise the vehicle and once the tire is at least 6 inches off the ground with the tire wrench start removing all lug nuts before removing the flat tire. Just a quick tip put the flat tire under the vehicle so if the jack fails it will fall on the tire preventing any vehicle damage. After you remove the flat tire but on the spare and with your hands tighten it. Remove the flat tire and slowly and carefully lower the jack and remove it from underneath the vehicle.
Grab the tire wrench and tighten your lug nuts and use your body weight if you need to but be careful. Put the hubcap on and put away the kit and your flat tire back in the vehicle and you should be good and ready to go.
Now that you are done we recommend that you drive your vehicle to the nearest tire shop and take your flat tire and replace it with a new one so if this occurs once again then you will not be without a good spare. If during the process of changing the tire you are missing something from the kit or you do not have a good spare. Call your local roadside assistance if you do not have a wrench or a jack, they will most likely have one and they will change the tire for you. If you do not have a good spare or a spare at all then call the local towing company because you will need a tow to the nearest tire shop.