Do you practice flat tire safety? It always comes as a surprise when we hear the inevitable “pop” when driving, which only means one thing… flat tire. The important thing is to not panic or get overwhelmed, although having a flat tire is a pain, there are safe ways to manage a flat tire. There never is a good time to get a flat tire on your car, it always seems to occur when we are in a rush to get somewhere. Flat tires may come off as a simple fix, however, many safety concerns can arise when attending to a flat tire.
The moment you notice you have a flat tire pull over to the side of the road. When you get to a safe location and park, turn on your hazard lights immediately. Turning on your hazard lights makes you more visible to other drivers letting them know you’re in distress. Stay in your car for a moment to take a close look at where you are and how close you are to oncoming traffic.
Once you have pulled over to the side of the road, take a look around and assess the situation. Make sure you are parked in the safest location possible. If you plan on changing your tire yourself, you need to make sure you can do so safely. You do not want to change a flat tire close to any roads or freeways. You also want to take a look at the weather conditions, getting a flat tire in the middle of a hot summer day can be extremely dangerous. People can develop heat exhaustion or heat stroke quickly from being exposed to the beaming sun, especially when doing something as strenuous as changing a tire. If you are in a safe location with good weather conditions and away from any oncoming traffic, then you can decide if you want to change the tire yourself.
If you are changing your tire yourself, first check to make sure your surface is flat and clear. Changing a flat tire on an uneven surface can be extremely dangerous because the jack can become off balance leaving your car unstable while you are changing your tire. If there is no flat surface available you should think about contacting roadside assistance.
Even if you are a pro at changing tires depending on the situation, you may want to consider having roadside assistance fix your flat tire. There are several reasons to have a trained professional change your flat tire, but the most important one is your safety. Each year many people get injured from attempting to change their flat tire themselves. If you are in the slightest doubt about whether or not you can change your flat tire, call roadside assistance for help.