How to Deal With a Flat Tyre

Tips that could help you

Whether you’re unfortunate enough to experience a flat tyre while driving or if your morning is ruined by waking up to a puncture, the following tips below should help you.

Inspect

The first thing you should do when inspecting your tyre is carefully run your hands along the front and back of the tyre to try and identify if any foreign objects such as nails or glass are lodged in it. If there are no noticeable objects, your tyre may just be low on air. However, if you do spot an object, it is worth noting that a spare tyre is always a better option than trying to patch the hole yourself.

Removing the Tyre

If you do spot an object in your tyre, you should attempt to remove your tyre as appose to the object. If you are unaware of where the puncture is, it is always a better idea to remove the tyre before attempting to locate the puncture. When removing the tyre, you should plan it out so the vehicle is raised for the minimum amount of time. It is also important to make sure that the engine is off, the hazard lights are on and the handbrake is applied. If you have a car jack, lift the vehicle just clear of the ground; remove the nuts and bolts while keeping the wheel in position. An important reminder is to remove the top nut/bolt last so that both hands are free to remove the wheel.

Replacing the Tyre

When you are replacing the tyre, you can simply do the opposite of the steps taken when removing the tyre. After securing the spare wheel, refit the top bolt and ensure the remaining bolts are secured. Carefully, lower the wheel until it has safely hit the ground, now you should ensure the bolts are tight and secure.


Hopefully, you will never have to put these tips into practice, but here at Chill Insurance we like to make sure our customers are covered no matter what. It's worth noting that should your policy have breakdown assist one simple call and a roadside rescue team will be out to change your tyre in no time. If you have any queries or would like to find out more about our various car insurance policies, you can give us a call on 1890 30 20 20.