It’s one of those things you hope not to have to do, but you never know when you might have to change a tire. Maybe you drive over a nail in a parking lot, hit some debris in the road or fall victim to a pothole – if you are on the road long enough, it is likely that you might find on the side of the road with a flat tire.
While it is true that you can call AAA or a tow truck for help, who knows where you’ll be when a flat tire occurs. You may not have cellphone service or too far away from the nearest tow truck. Knowing how to change a tire is a basic skill that every driver should know how to do.
First, check your vehicle for a spare tire. In recent years, many car companies have eliminated the spare tire and jack from their models. Take a few minutes to look for the spare tire; don’t wait until you’re on the side of the road to find out that you don’t have one. If your vehicle didn’t come equipped with a spare, consider purchasing a tire, jack and lug wrench for your vehicle.
Instead of a spare tire, some vehicles come with a repair/inflator kit, while some luxury vehicles are outfitted with run-flat tires that are designed to work for a certain number of miles after being punctured. Both these options have pros and cons. For instance, a repair kit may not be much help for a sidewall puncture. Explore your options and pick the one that you feel most comfortable using in a roadside emergency situation.
What you’ll need
Be sure that you have the following in your vehicle: