How To Handle A Dangerous Situation Linked To A Flat Tire?

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A flat tire is one of the most common causes of a breakdown. While some drivers are skilled in changing tires, others do not even know where the lug wrench is located in their vehicle. Being stranded in a dangerous location, such a congested intersection, in an empty parking lot after dark and on the side of a busy highway, can be nightmarish for anyone. In such situations, it may be too dangerous for you to attempt a tire replacement, which is where our towing company comes into play.

If you are unable to drive the vehicle to a safe location, you should immediately flip on your hazard lights. This will alert other drivers that you are experiencing an issue with your vehicle. If the location is a busy highway or intersection, do not get out of the vehicle instead contact our office immediately.

Not only are our technicians fully capable of changing out the flat tire, but they can also make the necessary repairs to avoid an expensive replacement. Our tow truck drivers can relocate the vehicle to a safe location, so the tire can be repaired or replaced without the risk of harm to you or the driver. We offer speedy, polite and professional service and will get you back on the road as soon as possible.

Replacing A Flat

Anyone with auto mechanical experience can change a flat tire in a matter of minutes. However, not everyone is prepared to undertake such a task, especially when they are dressed for work, a corporate dinner or job interview. Our skilled auto mechanics will arrive to your destination, repair or change out the tire and get you on your way in a timely manner. You will not need to do anything expect be patient and relax.

If you feel comfortable with changing your own tire, we highly recommend doing it in a safe location. All of the tools should be stored in the trunk of your vehicle, so you will not need to purchase any additional equipment.

Here Is What You Should Do

Take in your surroundings, before you exit your vehicle to avoid a dangerous situation. Many drivers will opt to move their vehicle to a safe location, even though they are dealing with a flat tire. You should also do the same, if you feel comfortable doing so.

  • Move to a safe location
  • Flip on the hazard lights
  • Engage the parking brake
  • Switch off the ignition
  • Place a block in front or back of one of the wheels
  • Collect the tools and equipment needed for the task
  • Remove the hub, if your vehicle is equipped with them
  • Remove the lug nuts by turning them counterclockwise (do not completely loosen them)
  • Jack the vehicle off the ground
  • Support the vehicle with a jack stand, if you have them available
  • Completely remove the lug nuts
  • Remove the tire and replace it with the spare
  • Put the lug nuts back on, tightening them securely
  • Lower the vehicle back down to the ground
  • Securely tighten the lug nuts
  • Replace all of the tools and equipment back into the trunk
  • Unblock the wheels

To prevent mishaps with your vehicle, we highly recommend routine maintenance. Out mechanics can help you keep your vehicle well maintained to ensure it is running properly all the time. We will inspect your tires so you will have peace of mind, when you are driving on the open highway.

We Repair And Replace Flat Tires

There are many factors linked to a flat tire, with the most common being a sharp object, such as a piece of glass, nail or metal. A flat tire can also occur from hitting a rut or pothole too hard. It is nearly impossible to avoid these factors, since you are driving at a fast speed and sometimes they can pop up out of nowhere. Other causes of a flat tire include:

  • Vandalism
  • Worn threads
  • Motor vehicle collision
  • Over inflated tires
  • Damaged valve stems
  • Slow leaks

The key to preventing a flat tire is routine maintenance and avoidance of the sharp objects and potholes.