The AA provided a great article covering a scenario we have all found ourselves in, one time or another:
At Highview Garage we can help you with a flat tyre or a replacement, but if you fancy being a bit more independent here’s how to have a go yourself.
These days there’s a good chance you’ll have a puncture repair kit rather than a spare wheel. If this is the case then familiarise yourself with your kit, so you’ll know what to do if you do get a puncture.
For your own safety:
- Don’t change your wheel on the hard shoulder of a motorway or at the side of a road. Turn off or pull over well away from the traffic and call the AA for help on 0800 88 77 66 or call us on 020 8361 8888 – The AA can bring you directly to us, an AA certified garage. We always have 250 plus tyres in stock, with 2 deliveries daily.
- Don’t change your wheel on soft, loose or uneven ground
- Don’t change your wheel with passengers inside the vehicle. Move everyone to a safe place that’s well away from the vehicle and road
- Don’t work under your vehicle while it’s raised on a jack
- Don’t use the jack anywhere other than at the correct jacking points. You’ll find these listed in your handbook. Attaching the jack in the wrong place can cause damage to your vehicle and could result in it collapsing
What you’ll need:
- Your handbook, which shows you where to attach the jack
- Your spare wheel – make sure it’s got enough tread and is properly inflated
- Your vehicle jack
- A wheel wrench with extension bar and locking wheel-nut adaptor (if fitted)
- At least one wheel chock – something to stop your car from rolling when it’s up on the jack
- Gloves – there’s a good chance your wheel/tyre will be dirty
- Something to kneel on, like an old towel – the ground will be dirty too
- A sharp knife or cutters to remove any cable ties used to hold your wheel trims in place
- A torch
- A reflective jacket and strong, sensible shoes for your own safety