No Spare Tire? What to Do If You Get a Flat
Whether you’re out on a road trip or just running errands around town, getting a flat tire can be a stressful event and a major inconvenience. Unfortunately, many vehicles do not have a spare tire included, which means that you could be left stranded in an area that is less than ideal.
Here’s what to do in case you get a flat tire and don’t have a spare on hand:
#1: Get a tire inflator kit and keep it in your car
Tire sealant kits can help patch small holes and keep your punctured tire inflated until you get home or to your service repair shop. Full kits have air compressors to inflate the tire and can range in price. This temporary fix is an inexpensive option that can save you from getting stranded on the side of the road.
#2: Consider upgrading to run-flat tires
These tires operate like standard tires but are built to survive punctures for short periods of time. They can operate at speeds slower than 50 mph, allowing drivers the option to avoid stopping on the freeway shoulder or in the middle of traffic. Driving with these tires for up to 50 miles ensures that you can drive to your destination or to a safer area to pull over.
#3: Call the pros
We know that flat tires are a headache. If you don’t have a spare, don’t despair. Our experienced team at Chappelle’s will work as quickly as possible to get to your vehicle and assist you. We will tow it to your service station so you can get back on the road as soon as you can.
If you take road trips often or travel regularly on rougher roads, it’s important to be prepared in case of an emergency. For people that have medical conditions or small children, it’s especially important to keep tire supplies on hand or have a plan of action ready in the event of a flat tire.