One of the leading causes of accidents while traveling at high speeds is a tire issue, including flats and blowouts. As a service many drivers overlook, tire care is critical in order to ensure your safety as well as vehicle longevity. In addition to maintaining your tire health, it is also important to know what to do in the case of an emergency situation—like undertaking a temporary flat tire repair or replacement. Note that whatever you do when a flat tire occurs is only temporary, and is serving the purpose of getting you to an automotive repair shop. In this article, we’ll go over what measures you will need to go through when you encounter a flat tire and other more specific things you can do to prevent flats.
Tips for Undertaking a Flat:
When dealing with a flat tire, there is a basic protocol one should follow to ensure the best results. If you experience a flat or a blowout, follow these steps:
1. Make sure to take safety precautions
Encountering a flat or blowout is dangerous enough, but when you are stranded on the side of a freeway or highway it is critical to take the proper safety precautions. First, if you’re able, it’s best to try to pull over after you get off the freeway. It’s best to utilize your hazard lights immediately. It is also important to use extreme caution before using a jack to change your tire—make sure the parking and emergency brakes are on, and that your car is parked on level ground.
2. Determine if the problem is fixable as-is
Not all flat tires are fixable. Usually if the tire is neatly punctured by a nail or something small, then the tire can be patched temporarily. If you keep tire patch materials in your car on-hand and are familiar with the process, it might be a quick fix; however, it is more often the case that the tire needs to be replaced with a spare.
3. If possible, replace with a spare
If the tire has been completely blown out, or irreparable, it’s on to the next alternative. In these instances, it’s best to use your spare tire to get to an automotive shop nearby. Use caution before applying the spare, and if you aren’t confident in your ability to replace the tire, it’s best to call for help.
4. Bring your car in to an automotive professional
When you arrive at the automotive shop, they’ll be able to tell you if the tire is salvageable or not. Usually it’s best to have the tire replaced for safety and longevity purposes, as it’s only a matter of time before the tire patch wears out. Your automotive shop will inspect the tire, and help you take the best course of action for your safety.
How to Prevent Flat Tires and Blowouts
As we mentioned before, the best way to prevent flat tires and blowouts is to take exceptional care of your tires. Frequently inspecting the tread and wear patterns on your cars can alert you of any suspension issues as well as improper wheel alignment. As tires begin to wear improperly, they become more susceptible to damage. It’s important to follow your maintenance schedule for your particular car, and follow through with tire replacements, rotations, alignments, and inspections. Dealing with a flat tire is not only inconvenient, but can be highly dangerous. Flat tires and blowouts cause fatal accidents every day—it’s critical that you hire professionals who have your safety in mind.
How We Can Help You
The automotive experts here at Auto Europa have been serving clients in the community of San Francisco, CA since 1992. We offer ongoing maintenance services, such as tire care, to our clients at a fraction of the price of nearby dealerships, yet our technicians are specially trained to work with many high-quality brands of European cars, such as Audi, Volvo, Porsche, and Jaguar. We take pride in our performance here at Auto Europa, and we don’t cut any corners. Our honesty and integrity is what sets us apart from other shops, and our clients have noticed. To schedule a tire inspection or to learn more about our services and expertise, please contact us directly. We look forward to helping you feel safer on the road.