Do you know how to fix a flat tire?
AAA found that 1 in 5 drivers do not know how to change a flat tire. With 210 million licensed drivers in the U.S., that means 42 million people are unaware of the process to get back on the road again, leaving those unprepared to be rescued by some roadside assistance.
So don’t let a flat tire leave you feeling flat. Get down and dirty and change that tire. No matter how frustrating, it’s still a simple procedure that if you follow the steps, you’ll be back on the road in no time. Check out how we broke it down for you below and don’t be the one who gets sidelined because of a silly flat tire.
Side note: Don’t forget to check the tire pressure monthly. Which includes your spare. A flat spare won’t do you any good if you hit a road hazard.
When You Go in for Service
Once you’ve put your spare on and made your way safely home, you have to get your flat fixed or replaced. Most tires you purchase from your dealership come with 24-month road hazard coverage at no extra cost. This ensures, within those two years that if your tire is damaged due to a road hazard, they will repair or replace it. Although what’s considered a road hazard is quite a gray area, it usually is defined as a condition on a public roadway that ought not be there such as a pothole, nail, glass, or other debris that causes your tire damage unnecessarily.
What you also need to know is that you can repair a tire and it’ll ride maybe for the rest of its tread life. You can repair it a second time and keep on truckin’. And you can even repair it a third time — so long as the damage hasn’t weakened the tire’s structure. However, if it happens a fourth, your tire must be forced into early retirement (this will never be not funny to me). Just make sure you’re on the same page as your dealership’s service department so you can stay safer on the road.
So as long as tires need air, you should know how to change your flat. Here’s a step-by-step video from Bridgestone that teaches you how to be the expert flat-tire technician!