Before you set out to drive on a journey with your car, make sure you’re aware of the type and location of spare tyre or puncture repair kit that you have. Older cars tend to have a spare wheel, a jack and tyre changing tools, but newer models are usually kitted out with a puncture repair kit with sealant and some type of compressor to provide air. Its good practice to attempt to change your spare wheel in decent weather, before you actually do have a puncture, then you will be totally prepared for any puncture eventuality, whatever the situation and weather. If you’re driving on a busy road and experience a flat tyre, pull onto a point of safety on even ground before attempting a tyre repair, or call for assistance.
If you have a flat tyre
- Turn off the engine and switch on hazard warning lights ensuring the handbrake is on and the gear in park mode
- Read the manufacturers manual for instructions on how to use the jack
- Put on reflective clothing and lay out ground cover for easy kneeling access
- Examine the spare tyre for inflation and threading
- Chock the replacement road wheel
- Place the jack to lift the car as per instructions in manual lifting the vehicle just high enough until the vehicle is on its springs and the tyre is free to move off the ground
- Remove the damaged tyre by turning the wheel nut adapter counter clockwise to remove the wheel nuts allowing both hands free to remove the wheel
- Place the spare wheel onto the car and reverse screw the nuts by hand, inspecting the spare tyre to make sure it’s in place, then tighten the wheel nuts and lower the jack.
Your next step is to place the damaged tyre into the boot of the car, and drive immediately to a tyre repair shop or garage and have the tyre inspected and repaired or replaced, to ensure total safety when driving your vehicle.