Sooner or later you will go out to your car and low and behold you have a flat. Most of the time, you will not be in a location that changing it will be realistic. What do you do then? If you prepare yourself, you will be able to handle it.
Being prepared means you anticipated the problem and then you have a plan to get yourself going. This is not generally the case. Most people do not even check their spare to see if it is aired up and usable.
Tip # 1: Emergency Tire Repair Kits
Be prepared by going to your local automotive parts store and check out the numerous emergency tire repair kits. There are some things you need to keep in mind.
- If you have a reliably new car, you will have a tire sensor that will tell you if your tire is low. These are great. The sensor is going to warn you if your tire is loosing pressure.
- Unfortunately, if you are parked and the engine is off when the tire starts leaking, then it will not do you any good.
- When you select a tire repair kit or a can of tire fix, make sure the product you are going to buy is tire sensor safe. No use messing up your car to get a tire temporarily fixed. Remember these types of fast fixes are only temporary. Once you get on the way, you need to go to a tire shop and have the tire permanently fixed.
Tip # 2 Donut Spare
If you have a "donut spare," remember these are temporary also.
- Typically, they are not supposed to be driven more than 50 miles. Check your manual for their recommendations.
- You will probably find out that you are not to exceed 45 to 50 miles per hour. Again, check your manual.
Tip # 3 Familiarize Yourself with the Car
If you have not changed a tire on your car, make sure, before hand, you familiarize yourself with your car.
- Make sure you know how to place the jack for all four tires. These places will vary so check them out first.
- Make sure you know how to use the jack. There are a lot of different kinds of jacks, so check yours out first.
- Trying to figure out how to work the jack and where to put it when you have a flat will only cause you frustration.
Tip # 4 Things to Keep in Your Car
Just as a tip for all circumstances:
· Keep a pair of gloves in your car.
· Keep a towel in your car.
· Keep a gardeners kneepad in your car.
· Keep a full-length apron in your car.
You will find out these things will come in handy. If you are prepared, you can be on your way in just a few minutes and will not ruin your clothes in the process.