Almost everyone’s had it happen—you’re driving, and suddenly, your wheel pulls to one side; you have a flat tire. In case this happens to you, you’ll want to know how to change your tire so you can get back on the road. Here are some tips. You can also follow along with the video, which will guide you through the entire process.
Make sure that you’re pulling over to an open, flat, spot. If you’re on the highway, the safest move would be to get off at the next exit and pull over on the road there. Make sure to turn on your hazards.
Make sure you have a wrench and use it to loosen the lug nuts. Don’t remove them just yet.
Use a jack to lift your car about 6 inches off the ground.
Now, remove all of the lug nuts and put them somewhere safe. Then, pull the tire straight off its base.
Grab your spare tire and push it all the way onto your wheel base. Then, put your lug nuts back on, without tightening them all the way.
Use the jack to lower your car back to the ground.
Now, tighten all your lug nuts as much as you can. It’s best to tighten them gradually (one a little bit, then the one across from it a little bit, etc.) instead of one at a time.
Now, you’re all set. Remember to put all of your tools and your old tire in your trunk, and then turn off your hazards and get back out on the road!