How do you know that you are suffering a flat tyre while you’re driving? What steps should you take after that? Read on to find out!
One of the things drivers dread is getting a flat tyre. It’s such a hassle to take care of a flat, especially during peak hours. Other than calling for roadside assistance, if you have a spare tyre and kit, you could also learn how to spot a flat tyre and fix it yourself.
Know The Signs
If you have a flat, you may notice an odd groaning sound coming from your car. Your steering wheel may feel less responsive, while the car feels sluggish. The car will tend to pull towards the direction of the flat tyre. As soon as you notice these signs, slowly reduce your speed and look for a safe spot to park your car. Do not take any abrupt action, such as the sudden braking or turning of the steering wheel, and remember to turn on your hazard lights.
Find A Safe Spot
If possible, look for a place with level ground, as this prevents your car from rolling. A straight stretch of road is preferable as compared to a curved one, as you are more visible to other motorists. Though it’s not advisable to continue driving with a flat, which may damage your tyre rims, finding a safe spot is paramount as this concerns your safety.
Make Your Intentions Clear
Once parked, engage the parking brake, leave the hazard lights on and, once it’s safe to do so, exit your car. Warn other drivers with a reflective safety triangle placed a few metres behind your car, so oncoming traffic can see it and have time to respond appropriately.
Changing a tyre may seem simple, but do assess the situation and area you are in before deciding to proceed. If you don’t have the proper kit and are parked in a very busy highway or area with constant heavy traffic, do weigh the risk first. If it’s raining heavily, you may lose grip on your tools and end up injuring yourself.
If you have friends or family in tow, especially kids, it’s best to call for roadside assistance if you have access. AA’s 24-hour Roadside Assistance Services (RAS)* also provide members with free standard towing services if they can’t get their car going. And with the AA Singapore App things just got easier with an online GPS to help AA locate your breakdown location.
If you are on a lonely road and alone, especially at night, err on the side of caution and be wary of anyone approaching you, although some may have kind intentions. Stay in your car with the doors locked and call the police for assistance.
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To lessen the chances of a flat tyre,take care not to overload your car, always adopt a sensible driving habit, and avoid overzealous braking. Do keep a regular tyre maintenance routine, and make sure your tyres are properly and evenly inflated. Get your tyres rotated according to the manufacturer’s guidelines, and regularly check for tread wear on the tyres. These habits and precautions will help prolong the lifespan of your tyres and reduce the likelihood of a flat.