by local expert Drew Irvine
A large garage or wide driveway are ideal places to change a car tyre. But if you get a flat out on the open road, park somewhere safe, away from traffic - even if this means driving for a short distance on the flattened tyre.
Once your car’s in position:
Place the WHEEL CHOCKS on the same side as the puncture - so if the front-right tyre is punctured, put the chocks on the back-right.
Find the JACKING POINT - look in your car’s handbook. Make sure the jack is straight with the body of the car and the ground.
JACK THE CAR UP until you’ve got enough room to fit a new tyre in. Don’t worry about going too high - it’s better to have more room to play with.
Remove the wheel nuts, lift off the punctured tyre, put on the new tyre and do-up the wheel nuts.
To finish, drop the jack, tighten all wheel nuts using the extendable bar and you’re done - tidy everything away and get back on the road!
Thomsons Auto Centre