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Flat Tires

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A drivers perspective: Sean

By Sean W.

Flat tires are inconvenient, but if you don’t know what to do, they can even be scary. Here are some tips.

The first thing to know is what happens when you get a flat tire so you know what to expect. Most likely, you’ll feel your car being pulled to one side (the side of the flat tire) and accelerating will become difficult. Drive the vehicle somewhere safe, away from the road, into a parking lot or gas stations, or onto a side street.   Definitely get off the highway and the ramp.

If the tire blows you might hear a loud thud or bang. In that case, (which is very rare) you’ll know the tire is riding on the rim by a distinct grinding feeling. Pull off the road to the right side - as far away from traffic as you can. Never leave the car in a live lane of traffic. Stay in the vehicle and call for assistance. Every year dozens of people are killed when they get hit at the side of the road while they were trying to deal with an emergency.  

This link “https://www.kaltire.com/how-to-change-a-tire/” provides simple step-by-step instructions on how to properly change your tire.

Lastly, keep in mind that some preventative maintenance can prevent a flat tire from becoming an emergency.