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:
- Always pull over in a safe place and deploy a warning triangle
- Find level, hard ground to place the jack
- Know where your jack and wheel brace are located
- Loosen wheel nuts before jacking
- Avoid the motorway hard shoulder – if not possible, exit the vehicle and await roadside assistance
- Wear gloves (if possible) to avoid injury when removing old tyres
- Loosely tighten nuts on new wheels while still jacked
- 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.”