It is essential for drivers to know how to change a tire on their vehicle in the event of a flat tire. Almost every driver will experience a flat tire at least once and this skill can make the experience a little less of a hassle. Before you begin the process of changing a flat tire for the spare tire, there are several preparatory steps that must be taken. First, make sure that you slowly steer the vehicle off of the road and park in a safe area. This area needs to be wide enough for you to be able to move around the vehicle without putting yourself in danger of being hit by other motorists. Turn on your hazard lights so that other drivers know to take caution when driving past you as you change your flat tire.
Statistics show that the majority of drivers do not know how to manually change a flat tire. Not to mention drivers that are elderly or physically unable to change the tire. Of course you can call for help, but be ready for a long wait and potential unwanted fees.
First of all, you should know if your vehicle even has a spare tire or not. Now a days many vehicles are sold without a spare tire. Instead they will come equipped with Tire Repair Kit, which consists of a compressor and bottle of sealant. This will provide a temporary fix to your flat tire and allow you to continue on your trip.