Changing a tire isn’t that hard to do if you follow a few simple steps. You need to make sure you have all of the tools in the trunk as well as a spare if you plan on getting to a mechanic to put a new or used tire on the car.
The first thing you need to do is make sure you are well off of the road before you change the tire. This will help keep you safe from the traffic. You should also turn on your emergency lights, especially at night, so that other drivers can see where you are. Turn off the car, and engage the brake so that the car doesn’t roll back while you are changing the tire. Get all of your equipment in one place so that you aren’t going back and forth to the trunk.
Take off the hub cap so that the lug nuts are exposed. You only want to loosen the nuts so that you don’t lose them and so that it’s easier to tighten them after the spare is on the wheel. This should be done before you jack the car off the ground. Before you jack the car up, you need to stabilize the tire that is diagonally opposite of the one you are changing. This will help prevent the car from rolling. Put the jack in the proper position, and slowly get the car off the ground so that you have enough room to remove the flat tire and put on the spare. Tighten the lug nuts back so that the wheel is secure. The spare is smaller than the other tires, but it will get you to a proper location so that you can get another tire. Click here for details about how to safely put the tire on the wheel in a short amount of time.