Pull Over Safely
As soon as a tire goes flat while driving, it can startle the driver. Sometimes it blows, making a huge popping noise, while other times it can flap along as you drive, making navigation more difficult. So if it ever happens to you, be sure to stay calm and pull over slowly. Put your hazard lights on to indicate you are parked, and most importantly, watch out for moving traffic beside you before exiting the vehicle. Once you are safely and securely on the side of the road, you can decide what you want your next steps to be.
Change Your Own TireIf you are someone that feels confident in changing your own tire, then start by looking for your vehicle’s spare. Typically, spares are located under the trunk bed, but in some models, they are located in other areas. The owners’ manual will tell you where to look if you can’t find it on your own.
It is easy to learn how to change a tire for small to mid-sized cars, and you can look up instructional videos on your phone or tablet. You may be able to refer to your owners’ manual for instructions as well. If you have never changed a tire before and you don’t have access to instructions, do not attempt it and move on to the other options. Also, if you have a large vehicle or truck, and you are inexperienced in tire changing, don’t start now! Just move onto another option.
There are several roadside assistance companies that provide prompt and affordable flat tire services for all make and model vehicles in their area. If you choose to call a local roadside assistance company, they will generally take down necessary information and be on the scene within a few minutes. It is common for it to take up to an hour during busier times. These companies offer a wide range of services aside from flat tire assistance. They also offer fuel fill-ups, lockout services, dead batteries, and towing. Some auto insurance plans come with roadside assistance, so you would simply call the affiliated company for help. Roadside assistance services are affordable, safe, and fast.