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How to Stay Safe While Changing a Tire on the Side of a Highway

As a driver, it is possible that at some point you will need to change a tire on the side of the highway. While this can be a daunting task, it is important to stay safe and follow proper procedures to avoid any potential dangers.

First and foremost, make sure to turn on your hazard lights to alert other drivers of your presence. This will help prevent any potential accidents from occurring.

Next, make sure to find a safe location to change your tire. If possible, try to find a spot that is off the highway and away from traffic. If this is not possible, make sure to set up your warning triangles or cones to alert other drivers and give yourself plenty of room to work.

Once you have found a safe location, it is important to jack up your vehicle properly. Consult your owner’s manual for the proper jacking points on your vehicle and make sure to use a sturdy jack that is in good working condition. Avoid placing the jack on any soft ground, such as grass or gravel, and make sure it is firmly in place before attempting to lift the vehicle.

Once your vehicle is securely lifted, remove the lug nuts from the flat tire and carefully remove the tire from the vehicle. If the tire is stuck, do not use excessive force as this can cause damage to the vehicle. Instead, use a tire iron or lug wrench to gently pry the tire loose.

Once the flat tire is removed, replace it with the spare tire and make sure to tighten the lug nuts securely. Lower the vehicle back to the ground and double-check that all lug nuts are tightened properly.

It is also important to properly dispose of the flat tire. If possible, take the tire to a repair shop or tire dealership to have it repaired or disposed of properly. If this is not possible, make sure to safely store the tire in your vehicle until you can dispose of it properly.

In conclusion, changing a tire on the side of the highway can be a daunting task, but it is important to stay safe and follow proper procedures. Turn on your hazard lights, find a safe location, jack up the vehicle properly, remove and replace the tire securely, and dispose of the flat tire properly. By following these steps, you can ensure your safety and get back on the road as quickly as possible.

Bob Kraft

I am a Dallas, Texas lawyer who has had the privilege of helping thousands of clients since 1971 in the areas of Personal Injury law and Social Security Disability.

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