How to Change Your Tire Safely on the Freeway at Night

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How to Change Your Tire Safely on the Freeway at Night

A flat tire is, at the best of times, a real inconvenience. In the dark on a busy freeway, it can be extremely dangerous. Should you have a flat or blow out the first thing that you need to do, whether during the day or at night, is get your car off the road. It is better to drive a short distance on the flat tire than to attempt to change the tire where there is traffic and the risk of injury to you and your passengers.

When the car is safely out of the way of traffic, you need to warn other drivers that your car is there and stationary by using your 4-way hazard warning flashers and, if you have one, a reflective warning triangle. If you have the equipment, and you are confident about how to use it, you can begin to change the tire.

If you have to drive the car off the paved roadway to ensure that it is in a safe location, use extra care when jacking up your car. Make sure that the jack is resting on a firm, level surface. If you fail to do so, there is a risk that the jack could sink or move when it is raised, causing damage and/or injury.

Once you have made sure that there is a secure and level place to jack your car up, try turning the wheel nuts before you start raising the car. There are two reasons for doing this. The first is to make sure that you can undo the nuts. The nuts have probably been tightened with an impact driver to make sure that they are tight enough and, over time, corrosive brake dust can collect in the area and make the nuts difficult to undo.

Secondly, it is easier to start to undo the nuts if the weight of the car helps to prevent the wheels from turning as you start to undo the nuts. Once you are satisfied that you can loosen the nuts, jack the car up and change the wheel. After switching the wheel, put the nuts back on the wheel to secure the tire. After you lower the car to the ground, you will be able to generate the torque necessary to tighten the nuts properly. After returning the jack and wheel to your car, retrieve the items you set out to provide a safe work area. Later, you can take the tire to a specialist to determine whether the tire can be repaired. They can also check your other tires.

Changing a tire on a busy freeway with traffic speeding by can be a difficult experience in the daylight. At night it can be very dangerous. If you have any concerns, you are better off using the services of a professional towing or roadside service, such as NK Towing & Roadside Services. Even if you are capable of changing the flat tire yourself, at night on a freeway, a professional service is much safer, and will get you back on the road quickly, without the dirt and grease that comes with changing your own tire.

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