Thankfully, many of us will never face the harrowing experience of a puncture, as today’s tyres are hardier than ever and regular MOTs mean they are changed before they fail.

That said, it always pays to know what to do in the event of a puncture, as safety must be your number one priority when changing a tyre at the roadside.


Be smart and don’t panic


With this in mind, IAM RoadSmart has issued a quick safety checklist to help motorists stay safe in what can sometimes be challenging and hazardous conditions:

  1. Always pull over in a safe place and deploy a warning triangle
  2. Find level, hard ground to place the jack
  3. Know where your jack and wheel brace are located
  4. Loosen wheel nuts before jacking
  5. Avoid the motorway hard shoulder – if not possible, exit the vehicle and await roadside assistance
  6. Wear gloves (if possible) to avoid injury when removing old tyres
  7. Loosely tighten nuts on new wheels while still jacked
  8. Finish tightening nuts once the vehicle is lowered to the ground

Richard Gladman, IAM RoadSmart head of driving and riding standards, commented: “Punctures are much rarer these days but the risk associated with conducting a tyre change has increased with the volume of traffic.

“Safety has to be your main concern, but if you cannot get to a safe area to make the change, get the vehicle off the road and call for assistance.”

Heather Stark, brand manager at The Fuelcard People, comments: “These simple tips can make all the difference to the safety of both the driver and other road users in the event of a puncture.”

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