Cars require four tyres to function properly. Nobody wants to break down on the side of the road, but sometimes it’s impossible to avoid such a situation, especially during a puncture. If one of your tyres blows or goes flat, most vehicles come with a spare tyre in the trunk. However, new cars are increasingly less likely to come with a spare tyre. Wondering why? Well, the auto industry has its reasons. Removing the spare tyre provides better gas mileage, reduces CO2 emissions, and creates more space in the trunk.
What to do in case of a Flat Tyre?
If you hear a clunking noise coming from your car, you may be dealing with a flat tyre. When this happens, stay calm, activate your car’s emergency flashers, slow down and pull over to the side of the road. If possible, park your vehicle in a parking lot.
Driving with a flat tyre is risky and can cause long-term damage to your vehicle. It also puts you at danger of colliding or being involved in an accident. So, when faced with a flat tyre, pull off the road until you can either replace the tyre with a spare or get help from others. Many vehicles have spare tyres that are only meant to be used as a temporary fix until a new tyre can be obtained.
When do you need Spare Tyre Installation?
You need to install a spare tyre when:
- Tyre or wheel has damage
- Tyre is flat
Spare tyres are an excellent solution for when you have a flat tyre, so have one in your vehicle at all times. If you don’t feel confident about installing the spare tyre, have a mechanic do it for you. A mechanic will need the wheel lock key to remove the flat tyre and install your spare tyre if your car is fitted with wheel locks. In the event of a flat tyre, keep your wheel lock key handy in your vehicle.
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How is Spare Tyre Installation Done?
- Remove the old tyre and replace it with the spare.
- Check and adjust the air pressure in all of your tyres, and make any necessary adjustments.
If a tyre loses air pressure, a spare tyre can be used as a temporary replacement until the original tyre is replaced.
Spare tyres can be compact or donut spare tyres, which are smaller than standard tyres and should not be driven for extended periods for safety reasons, but they allow you to get your car back on the road after a flat tyre. A full-sized spare tyre can also be mounted and used endlessly until your flat tyre is replaced or repaired. Spare tyres are not designed for use beyond 55 mph. Therefore, if your vehicle has a spare tyre, whether tiny or full-size, you should not drive it at highway speeds. You can book a spare tyre installation service at Swezo, and our mechanic will come to you in no time.