I passed my driving test back in 2004, and was never shown how to change a tyre. It was actually 3 years later, just after scattering my late Dad’s ashes that I first encountered (and realised I had no idea what to do about) a flat tyre. So with that in mind, today I’m explaining what to do if you get a flat tyre. Read on for some hints and tips.
What to do if you get a flat tyre
I’ve been driving for 17 years now, and have had several different types of flat tyre in that time. So today I’m going to explain what to do in each instance. Let me know in the comments how many of them you’ve encountered.
What to do if you notice your car tyre is flat
My first experience of a flat tyre involved me driving onto a gravel – covered carpark with no issues. When I returned to my car 2 hours later, my front – driver’s side tyre was flat. You need a solid surface to change a tyre on, so I had to slowly drive my car out onto the road. (You should avoid driving on a flat tyre wherever possible, as you can damage the wheel rim).
Thankfully my uncle was on hand to show me how to jack up my car and put on the spare wheel, so I could get my flat tyre repaired. Nowadays, most cars don’t come with a spare wheel, so it’s best to check in advance, so you know what to do if you get a flat tyre. If you don’t have a spare wheel, you really should consider breakdown cover.
What to do if you get a slow puncture
Picture the scene… You’re 50 miles from home when your car flashes up to check tyre pressure. So you stop at the next services and top up your tyres – one was low but not flat so you carry on. An hour later, the same thing happens, and you realise you have a slow puncture.
If you think your tyre has a slow puncture, you need to get it checked as soon as possible. In the instance above, I opted to Buy car tyres in Basingstoke online from Headley Tyres. There was no upfront payment required, or any hidden charges. I ordered online, then drove up and had my tyre changed quickly, for a great price.
What to do if your tyre blows
As I mentioned earlier, most cars don’t come with a spare wheel as standard. The reason for this is so your vehicle is lighter, and more economical to run. Which is fine 99% of the time. If you’re unlucky enough to have a blown tyre, you’ll have to use your breakdown cover or get a local emergency tyre repair centre to come and change it by the roadside.
Never ever drive your car on its rim if the tyre blows – you’ll cause permanent damage to the car. This happened to my partner last year when we hit a pothole in the dark. We had to leave his car by the roadside and call his emergency breakdown company. They came out, put on a spare wheel and towed us to the nearest garage to get a new tyre fitted.
Things to help avoid getting a flat tyre
There are several things you can do to help avoid getting a flat tyre. Firstly, check your treads. If your tyres are really worn, there’s less rubber to puncture, so they happen more frequently on worn tyres.
Next, make sure you keep an eye on your tyre pressure and check for embedded screws or nails often. If you spot a slow puncture quickly, you can usually get your tyre repaired, which is much cheaper than replacing it. Additionally, adding slime tyre sealant to a tyre will usually prevent a slow puncture from occurring.
Finally, let me know in the comments if this has helped you know what to do if you get a flat tyre.