At least once in our lifetime, we would run into a flat tire situation and be stumped on what to do next. I have been there before and honestly, the first thought that came to my mind was to call for help (despite having all the tools I need to fix it myself). With little faith, I tried to get down and dirty to fix my wagon, which later I realized is a piece of cake. Here are a few simple steps that you could use if you ever run a flat tire.
1. Calm Down
The mother of tackling any problems is to stay calm. It is a difficult process, especially when your surroundings are not so very calm but trying so will help you analyse the situation better. So, take a deep breath and absorb the circumstances.
2. Safe flat ground
When I realized I had run a flat tire, I was on a steep road with not much room to move around. As I got to a much smoother ground, I moved my vehicle to the side and got down to analyse the damage.
3. Hazard triangle
Immediately after getting out of my car, my first move was to bring out the hazard triangle (every car has one guys) and place it about 2-3 meter from my car. This warns oncoming vehicles that there’s a breakdown and to change lane pre-head.
4. Getting Down and Dirty
Here comes the dreaded part (at least, it is for some). Underneath our car booth, there’s set of tools that you’ll need to fix a flat tire including a spare tire. Some sets come with a guide on how to fix it too. But if yours doesn’t come with that, here’s the complete guide on how to change a flat tire:
- Loosen the nut: it is easier to unscrew the nuts using the provided wench while it is firmly on the ground. Once it’s jacked up, it turns too much and makes the process tiresome.
- Jack your car up: our car has a small jack that lifts the tire off the ground (probably 10cm from the ground). Once it’s off the ground, don’t place yourself anywhere underneath it.
- Take off the nuts and pull the tire towards you and place it on the ground. Set the temporary tire in place and screw the nuts as tightly as you can with your hands first.
- Jack it down and use the wench provided to screw them tight.
- Temporary tires are well, TEMPORARY. So as soon as your car is good to go, bring it to the closest workshop and replace it.
The overall process took me about half an hour precisely.
Tips: Equip your car with gloves, torch-light with batteries, a raincoat and a solid wooden plank (slightly wider than your tire) for when you run into a rainy or muddy situation. If it is possible, practice these techniques in a garage or at a safe parking space at your home.