Flat Tire on Highway Who to Call
Nothing is quite as frustrating as realizing you have a flat tire. We use our cars for everything – getting groceries, getting to work, taking kids to birthday parties, practices, and dental appointments. And nothing deflates your attitude like looking at a tire without air.
That’s if you notice it at all. If the flat is on the passenger side of the car, you may not even know it until you get in and drive a little bit. That can be even more frustrating because you were already on your way!
But that’s still better than the anxiety and fright that comes with blowing out a tire while you’re driving at a high speed on the freeway. Hopefully, it never happens to you. But if it does, don’t slam on the breaks! It could make your car swerve or move in unexpected ways.
Focus on keeping the car straight, take your foot off the gas pedal to slow down, and carefully make your way over to the shoulder or nearest offramp. Make sure to use your blinkers and if you have to drive a little bit to get to an exit, do it.
After all, having to buy a new tire is better than being stuck (or causing an accident!) on Interstate-5. This will also give you a chance to exhale, calm down, and plot a plan of action. It’s easier getting your thoughts together when hundreds of cars aren’t whizzing by at 60 miles per hour.
Once you’re in a safe place and everyone has had a chance to calm down, it’s time to inspect the damage. Chances are, the tire isn’t salvageable. But even if it is, you still need to put the spare on. So step one is to make sure you have a spare and all of the equipment to change a tire.
Not sure if you do? Go check. It’s better to know now than discover you don’t while on the side of the road. But remember: spares are meant to be used in an emergency, not to replace a tire. Wherever you were going will have to wait. Not sure how to remove a tire or put one on? There’s no time like the present to learn.
However, the most important thing is safety. It’s not always feasible to change a tire on the side of a highway or steep shoulder on an off-ramp. That’s when it’s time to call in a professional. Consider getting a membership with AAA. They provide roadside assistance for an annual fee and can be reached day or night.
Another option to think about is getting roadside assistance as part of your automobile insurance. When you call your agent, find out what kind of packages they offer and what situations are covered. It’s no fun being on the side of the road at 1 a.m. in driving rain and discovering you’re only covered from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
In both cases, you can request Chappelle’s Towing to give you a hand fixing a flat, changing a tire, or getting a tow to a garage. For nearly 40 years, we’ve been helping motorists on the highways, freeways, and back roads throughout Clark County.
With two locations to serve the area, help is never too far away. You can also call us directly, day or night, and we’ll come to save the day! We have several trucks in operation and can work with both small sedans and big trucks alike. Having problems with a flat tire? Give us a call and we’ll be on our way.