Changing a tire on your car can be a time-consuming and distracting process. But, it’s one of the most essential — and easiest — tasks you’ll ever do. If you take care of it, changing a tire shouldn’t take more than an hour or so. But, the truth is, even the most level-headed driver can have a hard time keeping track of everything that’s going on while they’re driving. And that’s what changing a tire is like: complicated and stressful. That doesn’t mean it can’t be done well though. Here are some tips that will make the process easier and more enjoyable:
1. Be patient
The first thing you’ll want to do is be patient. Don’t speed and change your tires at the same time. It’s one thing to change a tire and quite another to do it while driving. If you’re not careful, you could crash and get hurt. So, take your time and make sure everything is correct before you start changing the tire. And don’t be in a hurry. Be patient and understanding towards the other drivers on the road.
2. Take your time
The next thing you’ll want to do is take your time. There is no sense rushing into this. Make sure you have all the tools you need and follow the correct procedure for changing a tire. Be patient and make sure you take your time. If you’re driving with someone else, make sure you’re both patient.
3. Follow the tips
These are the top 8 time-tested ways to change a tire. Spend a little time reading through them and you’ll see they all have something in common. Spend less time looking in the mirror and more time looking at and following these tips. Change your acceleration from low to high, not high to low. Make sure you’re gripping the wheel and the steering wheel tightly. This is so you don’t lose control and spin out.
4. Don’t be afraid to ask for help
The people at TireRack.com (my tire shop) are great! They are always there for me when I need them. They know the process inside and out and can help with everything. If you’re having a hard time doing something, ask. Be kind. Be understanding. Be helpful. And, most importantly, be patient.
5. Always have a tire changing kit available
This is the most important thing you can have when doing any kind of repair. It can be your phone, a few basic tools, a change of clothes and a sturdy toolbox or duffel bag are all you need. It’s also a good idea to keep a few basic tools in your car. A Hammer, Pliers, Socket Set, Needle-Nose pliers, Elastic and a Towel are all you need. You can also check out my tire changing toolbox for other great accessories.
6. Be kind to others and don’t pass out
Don’t drive like crazy to test your braking skills. When changing a tire, you’re basically changing direction. You’re braking hard and then accelerating quickly. If you drive like this, you could lose control of the car and crash. So, don’t drive like this when changing a tire. Be kind to others and don’t pass out.
Bonus Tip: Drive Like Crazy To Test Your braking skills
If you’re having a hard time doing any of the tasks above, try to picture yourself doing them while driving like crazy. It might help you stay focused.