As a driver, I’ve had plenty of stressful driving moments-haven’t we all!? So, when I was asked if I fancied writing about my experience of having a flat tyre, how I dealt with it, and giving my tips on tyre safety-well, it was an obvious yes. In a previous (ie before blogging!) life I worked in a motor claims department for 6 years, and I’m pretty sure our engineers would tell me off if I didn’t use this opportunity to educate my readers.
So I’ve had three occasions of a flat tyre, in my driving career so far. The first time was not long after I’d passed my test, I drove round a corner, a LandRover decided he needed all of the road, and I clipped the kerb. I heard an almighty bang and my car started pulling dramatically to the left. So I pulled over and phoned my Dad. He had to leave his meeting at work, and come out and change my tyre (which had completely popped) Thanks Dad!
Lesson number one: Get breakdown cover, don’t reply on your Dad!
The second time was as I was leaving the motor claims job, sadly on a late shift (if I’d been working a 9-5 shifts I’m sure the engineers mentioned above would have come to my rescue) I was driving a beautiful white Mini at the time, and my tyre was flat. It’s ok, I thought, I have a spare in the boot, I’ll ring Dad (again!) to come and change my tyre. He arrives, and we realise the Mini doesn’t have a spare tyre. Oops. Two hours later and the breakdown truck arrives, to tow my car to the garage so that we can buy a new tyre the next morning.
Lesson number two:Make sure you are carrying a spare tyre at all times!
The third time, I was in a carpark in a pretty lonely area. It was 5:15 and people were starting to get into their cars and drive away. I had a flat, so I rang my Dad (noticing a pattern hre, anyone?) He said he would come over but couldn’t get to me until nearly 7, and wasn’t exactly sure where I was anyway. I text my friend to cancel our planned night out, and she offered to come and help me change my tyre. So I cancelled my Dad.
It was really warm, so I got out of the car and sat in the boot, playing on my phone. Then it started to get cold, so I went to sit in the car. Slammed the boot shut-with my keys inside. Couldn’t get back into the car. My purse was in the car so I couldn’t get a taxi home for my keys. I had my laptop and my sat nav and my bag on the front seat in full view so didn’t dare leave the car anyway.
I had to phone my original friend and confess what I’d done. I then had to ring another friend who kindly offered to go to my mums and drive to me with my spare key. I did try to break into my own car (friend’s mum is a police officer and talked me through how to…but I failed. And looked pretty dodgy doing it!) This one was resolved by my two friends turning up with the spare key, and then helping me to change my tyre. Phew!
Lesson number three: Don’t lock your keys in your car!!
Ultimately, none of these occasions would have been a problem for me if I’d done certain things. So, my top tips for tyre safety are:
Learn how to change a tyre!
Get breakdown cover-you can always get them out to change a tyre.
Make sure you HAVE a spare tyre.
Keep your tyre pressure at the right level-if you don’t know what your tyre pressure is, you can find this in your car’s handbook, or online. It’s best to check the pressure at least once a month and top up to the right level.
Make sure you always have decent tread on your tyres. If not, get them replaced, either with brand new tyres, or you can buy part worn ones (which is what I do-they’re generally loads cheaper!)
This post has been written in association with Point S, who sell a range of tyres-you can enter your vehicle registration and it’ll tell you which tyres you need-they have a variety, at all different price points. You can then book an appointment for the tyre or tyres to be fitted at their local centre-there are loads in my area. I’ve favourited their site, actually, for my own future use.
Have you ever had a motoring fail like mine?
*This post has been sponsored, but all views and opinions contained within it are my own.