What Happens When You Get a Flat Tire

01 Aug What Happens When You Get a Flat Tire

Imagine this: you’re driving down the road, enjoying the radio, maybe you’re on your way to a get together and you hear a strange noise. You get out of your car and discover, to your horror, your tire has gone flat. Oh no!

Before you freak out, take a few deep breaths and follow these steps. KB Tire & Auto is here to help you with all of our automobile needs including preventative maintenance, repairs and replacements.


What Should I Do After I Get a Flat Tire?

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Evaluate Your Vehicle and Safely Exit the Road

You’ll be able to tell immediately if you have a flat tire. The first thing you need to do is develop a plan to safely exit the road. Make sure to put on your flashers, slowly move to the side of the road or get off the road if possible. Don’t keep driving on a flat tire to reach the nearest highway exit, either. In some situations, you can even exit to the left side of the highway if there is a median.


Change Your Spare Tire or Call for Help

Determine if you have a spare tire in your vehicle. This will usually be located in the trunk under the flooring. If you have experience replacing a flat tire, you can go ahead and do this yourself. If you don’t have experience, or don’t have a flat tire, it’s best to call AAA or a tow truck to come help.

Be wary of anyone who approaches you to offer help, especially at night. Wait for designated assistance to arrive, if you’ve called it.


Bring Your Vehicle to KB Tire & Auto for Repairs

Bring your car, or have it towed, to KB Tire & Auto in Moberly, MO. We can assess the damage of your tire and recommend the best procedure to restore your vehicle to driving order. This may mean repairing the flat tire by plugging or patching. This may also mean replacing the tire completely. We’ll also evaluate if you’ve suffered any other damage like misalignment or if anything is bent or broken.

Our rates are extremely competitive for prices and services, and we aim to complete each repair or replacement promptly so you can be back on your way.

Technician performing a tire rotation on a tire

How Can I Prevent a Flat Tire?

Sometimes flat tires happen because you’ve driven over something sharp like a nail or rock. However, regular car and tire maintenance can decrease the chances that you’ll experience a flat tire while driving.

Make sure you’re checking your tire pressure regularly and that the tire pressure is sitting at the recommended pressure per square inch for your tires and vehicle type. Get your tires regularly rotated to evenly distribute wear, and replace your tires when they wear down. All of these things are services that our staff at KB Tire & Auto in Moberly, MO.

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