Right now at Lester Glenn Chrysler Dodge Jeep® RAM, we’re focused on our fantastic Spring Sales Event. Thanks to our current sales event, you can find unbeatable deals on the best vehicles here in the Toms River, NJ area. Today, though, we’re going to talk a little bit about vehicle maintenance, and one aspect of car care keeps coming up: changing a tire.

We’re laying out what you need to do if you get a flat tire. They may seem scary and complicated, but if you follow the simple steps below, you’ll be back on the road in no time.

If you get a flat, the first thing you need to do is to get to a safe spot off the road. Either pull over to the shoulder of the road or down a less busy street. Park your car, turn on your hazard lights, and engage the emergency brake. Engaging the emergency brake will ensure your vehicle stays in place while you change your tires.

Speaking of tires, it’s now time to locate your spare. Most spare tires sit under the floor mat in the trunk of your car. However, if you can’t find yours, consult your owner’s manual. It may be underneath the vehicle. You’ll also need to locate your lug wrench and tire jack.

Before jacking up your car, use the wrench to loosen the wheel lugs over the flat tire. Don’t remove the lugs completely just yet. Once they’re loose, use your car jack to jack up your car so your flat tire is off the ground about six inches. Be sure to consult your owner’s manual about placement of the car jack. Now, finish removing the wheel lugs, remove the flat tire, and install your spare over the wheel studs. Next, begin to tighten the lugs over the spare until you feel resistance. Then, lower the car to the ground and finish tightening.

It’s essential to remember that your spare tire isn’t built like your other tires and, therefore, is not meant for prolonged driving. For that reason, be sure to visit our Toms River, NJ service center as soon as possible. We’ll outfit your car with a new tire and get you safely back on the road.