You're driving and going about your business when all of a sudden the tire pressure light comes on. You aren't sure if the spare tire and the car jack is even in the trunk. Moreover, you aren't sure if you know how to change the tire because it has been so long. If it does not feel safe, don't attempt it and ask for help.
If you're driving and get a flat tire, don't panic. There are some simple steps you can take to minimize the damage and get back on the road as soon as possible.
If you have a cell phone, call for help. If you're not in an area where you can get service, then find someone who can help you. If you're by yourself, then you'll need to change the tire yourself.
To change a tire, you'll need a few basic tools: a lug wrench, a jack, and a spare tire. The lug wrench is used to loosen and tighten the lug nuts on the tire. The jack is used to lift the car off the ground. The spare tire is the replacement for the flat tire.
Once you have the tools, follow these steps:
1) Loosen the lug nuts on the flat tire using the lug wrench.
2) Lift the car off the ground using the jack.
3) Place the jack under the frame of the car.
4) Remove the lug nuts from the flat tire and replace them with the lug nuts on the spare tire.
5) Lift the car off of the ground and remove the jack.
6) Tighten the lug nuts on the spare tire using the lug wrench.
7) Place the flat tire back in the trunk.
8) Lower the car to the ground.
9) Drive to a service station and have the flat tire patched or replaced.
If you're not comfortable changing a tire, then don't try it. There are plenty of people who can help you get back on the road. Call a tow truck or take the car to a service station. Either way, you'll be back on the road in no time.