How To Handle A Flat Tire While Driving

If it's your first tire blowout, you may wonder what the best steps are to avoid damage to your car. Here is a guide to dealing with a blowout.

Step 1: Decide Whether to Use the Spare

Hopefully, you have an emergency spare tire kit in your car. It may be under the surface of your trunk. Consult your car's user manual to find out how to access your car's spare tire kit.

The process of installing a spare tire may take around an hour if you are going through the instructions in your user manual for the first time. Comparatively, you could choose to hire a towing truck and avoid putting on the spare tire. The choice is up to you; although it takes some effort to learn this skill, you will then have the knowledge to do a quick spare tire replacement in case your tire blows out again in the future.

Whatever you decide to do, don't try driving the car on a flat tire. You might have a situation where the tire completely blows out, causing your car to lose control and swerve on the road. And if you skid along on your tire's rim, you could damage the rim so that a new tire doesn't fit securely on it. Then, you would be looking at replacing both the tire and the rim, plus using a tow truck.

Step 2: Locate a Tire Shop

There are a couple of things to look at in a tire shop, such as Evans Tire & Service Centers. The first is distance. Often, the closest tire shop can save you money if you're using a towing service; but, you'll need to balance towing costs against the prices that you can find by traveling a bit further. It's a good idea to call for quotes from at least 3 different shops. You have the option of getting a brand new tire or visiting a shop that sells lightly used tires. You can save some money by getting used tires, although you may need to replace the tire sooner in the future if it's already somewhat worn. However, this isn't a given; you could also hit a nail and have to replace a new tire sooner than its lifespan would indicate.

Step 3: Get Service on All Tires

When you go in for your tire repair, your mechanic may check the condition of your suspension as well as the condition of the other 3 tires to make sure no extra damage was done.