Our Guide to Fixing a Flat Tyre
Although a driving test prepares you for driving in most conditions, it will not prepare you for the day you develop a flat tyre. After all, we expect to find our car ready for the road. Here at V12 Sports and Classics, we believe that being prepared for the worst when it comes to car ownership can make you a better driver.
After all, those who can change a tyre are going to get further than those who panic! Nevertheless, the V12 team are on the job and we have put together a brief guide on everything you need to know about fixing a flat tyre…
Spare Tyres vs Run-Flat Tyres
For smaller cars, it is impossible to carry a spare tyre around. After all, they are large and heavy! In fact, statistics show that just 30% of vehicles now come with a spare tyre. Instead, cars are now being fitted with something known as a run-flat tyre. These are special types of tyres that have reinforced walls and internal ring supports in order to allow people to drive on a flat tyre for a short period of time. Whilst it is easier to change a tyre, modern technology allows those who do not know how the ability to get to the closest garage instead of waiting for a breakdown service. Of course, they won’t work on a tyre that is completely flat.
Since a flat tyre can strike at any time, you should always prioritise your safety. After all, if you break down in the middle of the motorway, you shouldn’t start changing a tyre. In fact, it is too dangerous to even do this on the hard shoulder! In addition to this, changing a tyre may be simple in theory but it can be a complicated practical task, so you could cause an injury if you make a mistake. Unless you know exactly what you are doing, it may be best to call a professional.
People who have been educated in mechanical basics may be able to change a tyre without any assistance however there is no shame in requiring help when you are a mere beginner. Whether this is a friendly neighbour or the expertise of an experienced mechanic, getting the job done properly is better than guessing or poorly following the instructions from an untrustworthy website.
If you break down in public and cannot change a tyre or believe it is too dangerous to do so, you should call a breakdown service who will pick up your vehicle and tow it to the nearest garage.
Whether your car is parked on your driveway or cruising down the motorway, a flat tyre can strike at any time. After all, wear and tear doesn’t discriminate! Here at V12 Sport and Classics, we provide all of our used cars with a comprehensive 128 multi-point check so you shouldn’t suffer from a flat tyre any time soon, however it pays to be prepared! Get in contact today to find out more about our available models!