If you have ever been stuck on the side of the road with a flat tire and had to wait for help, you know how aggravating this can be. However, you can be prepared next time by knowing how to change your own tire. You will need to make sure that you have a spare tire in your car along with a jack and a wrench. It is also not a bad idea to have a working flashlight in your car as well as a pair of gloves and a mat or something else to kneel on.
Here are the quick and easy steps you need to take to change your tire and be on your way in no time at all:
1. Be sure that you pull the car over in a safe spot. This means that you should pull over onto the shoulder of the road as far as you can. The spot should also be flat to make it easier to change the tire.
2. Be sure you put your parking brake on.
3. Turn your hazard lights on.
4. Get your tools from the car including the spare tire, jack, wrench, flashlight (if it’s dark), gloves and mat.
5. Take the wrench and loosen the lug nuts from the tire by turning the wrench counter-clockwise.
6. Using the jack, lift your car off the ground so that the tire is six inches from the ground.
7. Take the lug nuts off the tire and remove the flat tire. Be sure you put the lug nuts somewhere where they won’t get lost.
8. Place the spare tire on the car and line up the posts for the lug nuts. Be sure you push the tire all the way back on the wheelbase.
9. Put the lug nuts on the spare tire, but don’t tighten them just yet.
10. Lower the car off the jack and remove the jack from under the car.
11. Tighten the lug nuts.
12. Pick up the flat tire and other tools so nothing is left on the side of the road.
If you are a new driver, or your children are nearing that age, we also found this great post about Finding a Driving Instructor. Take a read!
Just a little note about coincidence. They day we put up this post I got a flat tire. I called someone to help me change it, but these steps really helped.