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What To Do When You Have a Flat Tire: Roadside Tire Repair

1. Oil

Check oil level and pressure.

  • Do you have enough oil?
  • Has it been changed recently?
  • Is the pressure sufficient?

2. Tires

Check air pressure and make sure each tire falls within a safe range.

  • Does it look worn down or still in good condition?
  • Do you have the knowledge and tools to replace a flat tire?
  • Do you have a good spare tire in the vehicle?

3. Brakes

Confirm that brakes are responsive.

  • Do the brakes squeak?
  • Do you have enough pad on the brake shoes?
  • Do you brake lights work?

4. Coolant

Confirm the coolant is working effectively.

  • Do you have an adequate amount of antifreeze?
  • Is the engine running cool enough or is it getting hot?

5. Safety

Confirm knowledge of safe driving behaviors.

  • Do you know defensive driving strategies (watch out for the other guy, stay off the cell, etc.)?
  • Do you have the proper items in the car (first aid kit, tow rope, flashlight, fix-a-flat, etc.)?
  • Is your cell phone charged?
  • Do you have proper eyewear (prescription sunglasses, sunglasses, etc.)?

Tools To Keep In The Trunk In Case Of Emergency

  • First Aid Kit
  • Flashlight
  • Towel
  • Matches
  • Tissues
  • Change of Clothes
  • Rain Gear
  • Rubber Boots
  • Tow Rope
  • Gloves
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