A flat tire can ruin your whole day! Every vehicle is different but this general guide on how to change a tire and what to be aware of during the process can help get your day back on track.

Step 1. Asses Your Surroundings

Once you realize you have a flat tire, you want to assess your surroundings. Are you on level and stable ground? If so, then go ahead with changing your tire. If not, safely move your vehicle to level and stable ground.

Step 2. Apply Your Safety Measures

Once your vehicle is in a safe location, there are a few safety precautions you should take. If you have caution signals such as cones with you, set those around your vehicle. Turn on your flashers so that vehicles can spot your location. Block your tires with wheel chocks or a heavy object so that your vehicle doesn’t roll off your jack.

Step 3. Locate Your Vehicle’s Manual, Spare Tire, Jack, and Tire Iron

If you know where your spare tire, jack, and tire iron are locate those items. If not, your vehicle’s manual can help you locate those items.

Step 4. Remove Hubcap and Loosen Lug Nuts

If your vehicle has hubcaps, remove them to access your lug nuts. Loosen the lug nuts so that they are easier to remove later. Don’t fully remove lug nuts at this time.

Step 5. Secure Your Jack and Raise Your Vehicle

Position your jack and raise the vehicle until the flat tire is roughly six inches from the ground.

Step 6. Remove the Old Tire and Mount the Spare

Once your vehicle is raised, remove the lug nuts and remove the flat tire. Next, mount your spare tire and screw your lug nuts back on, but don’t tighten them fully.

Step 7. Lower the Vehicle and Tighten Your Lug Nuts in a Star Pattern

Lower your vehicle back to the ground and remove the jack. Tighten your lug nuts in a star pattern. This pattern helps ensure the wheel is drawn down evenly and that your lug nuts are equally torqued.

Step 8. Place Your Tire Jack, Iron, and Old Tire Back in Your Vehicle

Put your tire jack and iron back into your vehicle for future use (or not use hopefully!). Store the flat tire in your vehicle for proper disposal later.

Step 9. Replace Your Spare Tire

Spare tires are not meant to be a permanent solution so you will need to purchase a new tire to replace the flat tire. Once you have replaced the tire, put your spare tire back into your vehicle. Depending on the condition of your spare tire, you may need to replace that as well.

Following these steps can help you get back on the road and get your day back on track! If you prefer not to change your own tire or are unable to, check with your insurance agent about what your insurance policies options are regarding roadside assistance. Give us a call at 877-GANNONS today to discuss your roadside assistance options!