KEEP YOUNGER DRIVERS AWARE OF TIRE CHANGING TECHNIQUES
Most drivers who have any experience on the roadways have also experienced the irritation of changing a flat tire. While this necessity is a routine for most experienced drivers, drivers new to roadways may have little information about how to properly perform tire changes. Parents and other vehicle operators thus have a special responsibility to keep their younger drivers well-informed about how to properly change damaged tires. Young drivers who find themselves with damaged tires should first move their vehicles off the roadways and to the safest as possible areas. Areas should be far from the flow of traffic and should also feature flat and stable services. Once the cars have been safely parked, drivers should then secure their parking brakes and block their tires with any available objects. Once these steps have been taken care of, drivers can then begin to slowly and gingerly loosen the lugs that hold the tire to the car. Vehicle operators should only loosen these lugs halfway and leave enough thread on the bolts to keep their tires on their vehicles. Following this step, drivers can then use their jacks and other tools to lift their vehicles off of the ground just far enough to remove the old tires and mount the new ones. After a new tire is in place, vehicle operators should replace the lug nuts and tighten them with their fingers. They should leave some room for further tightening and then lower the vehicles to the ground to finish the process. Once vehicles are safety grounded and the lugs are tightened to full capacity, drivers are free to unblock their tires, release their brakes, and continue their trips.