Let’s face it, flat tires can make your heart drop. It’s even worse if you don’t even know how to change a tire. Even if you have roadside assistance, odds are they aren’t getting to you anytime soon. Plus, if it’s the weekend, you can have trouble finding a nearby tire shop that’s open on weekends.

Learning how to change a tire is very useful for you, and for those around you – if you ever see anyone who needs help, maybe you could be their saviour! Plus, knowing how to replace a tire can save you some hassle and money.

Here are the quick steps you need to know:

  1. Place a wheel chock or large rock in front and back of two other tires to prevent rolling.
  2. Remove the hubcap, if necessary.
  3. Loosen the lug nuts with a tire iron.
  4. Locate the pinch flange, which is where you will apply pressure with the jack to raise your car. The pinch flange is the strongest part of the car.
  5. Center the jack to the bottom of the car under the pinch flange.
  6. Raise the vehicle slowly, and enough to be able to take off the flat and insert the fully inflated spare.
  7. Remove all the lug nuts and put them in a safe place, because they are not easy to replace. Be cautious when removing the tire- it may be heavy.
  8. Usually, compact cars have a spare in the trunk, under the mat. Trucks and SUVs usually carry the spare on the back or under the vehicle. Finger-tighten the lug nuts before using the iron.
  9. Lower the jack, and be sure the lug nuts are as tight as can be.
  10. Tighten the lug nuts with the iron as much as possible, going clockwise. You can’t tighten them with the iron until the vehicle is lowered back to the ground.
  11. Finally, remove the jack, and re-apply the hubcap if needed.

It’s important to be prepared on the road, especially in a fast-moving world. Take simple steps to educate yourself on how to be safety-conscious on the road. Knowing simple ways to help yourself in case of emergency can prevent hassle and save you unnecessary expenses.

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