The safety of you, your passengers and other drivers on the roads depends on the maintenance of your vehicle. This includes the maintenance of your tyres too.
Changing a tyre
Get someone else to change a flat tyre is usually the go to option. Roadside service, a friend, Dad... anyone that isn't you. If you do get caught out with a flat tyre the fix isn’t as scary as you might think.
Checking tyre pressure
Regularly checking the air pressure in your car's tyres will ensure they stay safe. One easy way to prolong the life of your car's rubber and enhance active safety is to check the tyre pressure (for the spare too, when fitted) on a regular basis.
Tyre pressure information is published in the owner's manual for your car. Look it up in the index at the rear of the manual. If the manual is missing or left at home, a tyre placard fitted to the car provides all the information you need. This placard is usually fitted to the car's frame, on the B pillar, inside the driver's door.
If you've never used a tyre pressure gauge at a service station before, ask someone experienced to show you the ropes. Just unscrew the valve cap, fit the hose nozzle from the gauge to the valve and ensure the two make an airtight seal.
Need new tyres?
If your tyres are a bit older, looking a little worse for wear or keep going flat, it might be time for a fresh set of rubber. A car's tyres are its only contact point with the road surface, so making sure your rubber is in good nick is vital for overall safety.