A flat tire can happen anytime, anywhere, and being able to change one is an essential skill for all drivers. Yes, even if you plan to have your cell phone with you always and even if you have your AAA card in your wallet, the occasion may still arise when you will be in a bind and on the spot to change a flat. It’s relatively easy – we promise! – and you’ll only need to keep a few items on hand in your car.
1. Safety First, Get Your Car Parked Someplace Secure: As soon as you are aware that something has gone awry with one of your tires, turn your hazard lights on to warn other drivers. Drive slowly until you can pull off onto a wide shoulder, or ideally an open lot. You want a patch of road that is level, and that oncoming traffic will clearly see to avoid. Keep those lights flashing.