How to change a flat tire

There’s nothing I love more than driving around with the windows down, drinking my tea, and singing (poorly) along to Pharrel’s “Happy” on the radio. That is, until a vicious encounter with a hidden pothole makes me the opposite of Pharrel’s hit jam.

Normally when this happens I just splutter a few expletives, hope I didn’t damage the car, and go on my merry way. But occasionally, I hear that dreaded thump that means only one thing: I have a flat.

Honestly, It’s really not that difficult to change a tire. It’s more of a pain in the ass than anything, especially when you’re dressed nice and you just got your nails done.

But I was honestly shocked at how many of my female friends have absolutely no clue how to change their tires.

So, if you find yourself in the same spot, check out this blogger’s post about how to successfully change your tire. This post does a fantastic job in outlying the steps that are required in order to do the job right.

The post does mention that you may need to pry off the hubcap, but this is only on some vehicles that make it difficult to get to the lug nuts. For my car, for instance, all i need to do is twist off my lug nut covers and then use a tire iron to remove the lug nuts. Don’t pointlessly rip off your rims.

If you don’t already have a car jack and tire iron stored in your car, I would highly suggest investing in that. I keep both stored in the trunk with my spare tire just in case the situation arises where I need to fix my own flat or help out a more unprepared friend with theirs.

It’s better to be prepared. After all, if you’re a woman the last thing you’re going to want to deal with is being stranded in a sketchy place (I’d rather not be kidnapped, thanks).

It would be best to practice taking off your tire and putting it back on at home when you get a chance. This will get you familiarized with the process, and you can get back on the road A LOT quicker.

Still a pain in the ass, but feel free to reward yourself with a nice drink later!

 

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