Month: November 2015
Surveys have suggested that as many as 40 percent of drivers don’t know how to change a flat tire themselves. Knowing how to properly fix a flat is important for both your safety and convenience, but where can unsure drivers go to learn?
Thankfully, there are many resources available to help you learn how to change a tire. One simple method is likely hidden in the dash of your own car. Many owner’s manuals contain vehicle-specific directions for changing a tire that will guide you through the process.
If you don’t have instructions for changing a flat tire in your car, it can be a good idea to print out a set and keep them in the dashboard. Having a hard copy can be a comfort and a great assistance when a flat tire appears.
There are also plenty of online, step-by-step guides for how to change a tire. When getting this important information online, however, just make sure to seek out sources that you trust. Resources like governmental agencies and trusted publications are usually dependable sources of accurate, expert information.
For many people, it is also helpful to have an in-person lesson on changing a tire. A friend or a family member who knows how to safely change a tire is probably willing to show you the ropes. Physically going through the process of changing a tire when the pressure is low can help you confidently and calmly handle the situation when it’s no longer a practice run and you are actually on the side of the road with a flat.
If you have specific questions about changing a tire, it is also wise to check with a mechanic at a local San Antonio auto body shop for tips and guidance. Expert guidance can help you feel more prepared and confident in your ability to change a flat.
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For many people, knowing how to change a flat tire is one of those things you learned to do when you were young, but forgot over the years. But even if you haven’t had to change a tire in years, it is extremely important for your safety and for your convenience to know how to change a flat.
You might be thinking, “I always take in flat tires to the mechanics at my San Antonio body shop to handle,” or, “I pay for membership in AAA so that I get roadside assistance and don’t have to worry,” or maybe even, “my friend loves working on cars and always takes care of my flats for me!”
The excuses for not knowing how to change a flat tire yourself are almost limitless, but, as it turns out, so are the important reasons for knowing how to do so.
In this day and age, we have come to depend very heavily on our cell phones. However, it is not hard to imagine a situation where you find yourself with a dead cell phone and a flat tire, unable to call roadside service or a friend for help.
Even more serious would be finding yourself in a remote, secluded area without cell phone service but with a flat tire. There are many reasons that cell phone calls may not go through, even if your cell provider promises coverage in an certain area. Landscape, weather, locations of antennas and cell network capacity can all interfere with your ability to make a call.
Even if you are able to get through to your roadside assistance group, that doesn’t always guarantee quick flat tire assistance. Severe weather, road conditions and traffic can cause major delays between when you need help and when that help is able to arrive. Not to mention if you are in a rush – say you are on the way to an important meeting or need to catch a flight. Being able to solve the problem yourself and fix the flat quickly can save you time and money.
Although it is easy to pretend otherwise, you could very well find yourself in a position where the best or only option is to change a flat tire yourself. Educating yourself on how to do so is an excellent way to stay a prepared, safe and responsible car owner.
If you’ve got questions about caring for your vehicle, or need car repairs, contact us at ProCare Collision, an auto body shop in San Antonio, TX.