Few things are worse than cruising down the highway and getting a flat tire! Your tire pressure warning lights start flashing and beeping at you and you feel your heart stopping and immediately think, this is it, day ruined. Or perhaps you feel your car immediately pull to one side and you have to fight control of the steering wheel just to stay on the road. Getting a flat tire is no joke and you should always be prepared for either scenario mentioned above.
Safety is always of the upmost concern and if you can safely get to the side of the road, we recommend doing so. Highways are dangerous and leave you vulnerable when you are on the side of the road with cars racing by. Never continue driving on a flat tire because you can cause far more damage.
First, stay calm (we know, easier said than done). Second, put on your hazard lights so that other vehicles around you know there is an issue and can move into a different lane to avoid an accident. Grip the wheel firmly and try to keep control as best as you can so you can move over to the side of the road. Don’t break immediately and lightly press the brake pedal because this will help you keep better control of your vehicle. Keep in mind to leave the hazard lights on if you are putting on a spare or waiting for a tow truck. Other vehicles can see your car or truck, but you will be harder to see.
Once you are safely on the side of the road, you will be able to evaluate the situation and determine if you can safely put on a spare tire or need to call a tow truck. You can also call Austin’s Automotive Specialists and arrange to have your vehicle brought to us if you need a new tire or are concerned other damage happened to your vehicle when you got the flat. We install, repair, and maintain tires the right way at all of our Austin area locations.
If you are able to put on a spare tire, make sure that you have the right tools to do the job. The tools needed are a car jack, tire wrench, and a tire lug net key for some higher-end cars.
Our full-service auto repair shops are equipped to repair a flat tire, or install a new one if the tire can’t be repaired.