One thing that every car owner dreads is a flat tire. Getting a flat tire is one of the worst things that can happen to you, especially if you are in a hurry to get somewhere or if you have never changed a flat before. Knowing the procedure that you will have to follow if and when you experience your first flat tire can be one of the best types of car insurance that you can have, because it will ensure that you will not be stranded on the side of the road with no help in sight.
The very first thing that you will want to do when you first get a vehicle is find out where your spare tire is located. There are a few different places that car manufacturers place spares, so it will be a good idea to make sure that you know where it is when you need it. Most smaller cars have the spare tire located in the trunk of the vehicle. Sometimes there is a compartment that is under the upholstery or carpet in the rear trunk of the vehicle. If you are the owner of a truck or a sport utility vehicle, you will probably find your spare tire under the bed or rear part of your vehicle. There will likely be tools that come with your vehicle that will allow you to access the spare tire so that you can continue on your way down the road.
The next thing that you will want to do is learn how to use the tools that are included to change a tire. There will be a variety of different tools that you will have to use to get the car raised, take the tire off, and to put the spare on and it will be crucial that you know how to use each of them. One thing that you may want to do is to practice changing a tire in the comfort of your garage or drive way. This will give you the chance to change a tire in a no pressure environment where you will be able to get a feel for what you will be doing in the event that there is a flat tire while you are on a major roadway.
You should keep in mind that you should not drive on a spare tire for very long unless it is a full size, replacement tire. For the most part, tires that are included are “donut” tires that are not meant to be driven on for long periods of time. If you suffer a really bad blow out or multiple tires go flat, you will want to call a towing agency. Towing agencies will be able to tow your car to a shop that will be able to replace or repair the tires that were damaged. You will want to check with your car insurance agency to ask if they will cover the cost of the tow as it may be included in the premium that you pay.