When there is a lot of people on the road, this means a lot of things can go wrong. According to the BTS, “Nationwide, about 88 percent of persons 15 or older are reported as drivers.” One of the most common car breakdowns many of these individuals will experience is a flat tire, and there are many oversights that a driver can make during this repair. Learn more about the common mistakes made while changing a flat tire and how to steer away from them.
Changing It on an Unleveled Surface
Before you change a car tire, you will want to find a leveled surface. Not changing a tire on a level surface can lead to your car jack potentially slipping off. Your best bet is to find an empty parking lot to change your tire. Don’t forget to place wheel wedges in front of or behind the tires as well—this will keep things balanced.
Changing It on the Side of the Road
Another mistake made when changing a flat tire to avoid doing it on the side of the road. This can be incredibly dangerous, especially on the side of a highway when there is a lot of traffic and drivers are moving at a high speed. Once again, a parking lot is the best spot to go and change your tire.
Having Hands or Feet Under the Vehicle
Changing a tire can be extremely dangerous if you don’t take the necessary precautions. At no time should you have your hands or feet under the vehicle. You don’t want to risk the tire and the entire weight of your car falling on your hand or foot during the repair.
Using a Deflated Spare Tire
You never know when you might get a flat tire. That is why you’ll always want to keep a spare tire in your car. Ensure that the tire is relatively new and has the appropriate air pressure in it. If you don’t have a spare tire or need to replace one, invest in some aftermarket car wheels.
Removing People From the Car
While changing a flat tire, you don’t want anyone in the vehicle. You could run the risk of the jack coming off the car’s frame, and if people are in the vehicle it could cause harm to them as well as the car. Move everyone to a safe location until you finish the repair.