Chances are that at some point in your driving experience you will get a flat tire and have to change it yourself. Here is a quick video to introduce you to the basics.

Esurance. “How to Change a Flat Tire.” Online video. YouTube. YouTube, 13 Apr 2015. Web, 02 May 2016.


Most cars come equipped with the tools you need, like a spare tire, a jack, and a lug nut wrench or a tire iron; but we also suggest buying a tire block.

Find a safe place to pull over and turn on your hazards. Keep in mind that all cars are different and fixing them can be dangerous. If at any point you feel unsure, call a tow truck and let the experts handle it.

To avoid rolling, place the tire block under the tire on the opposite corner of the tire you’re changing. Remove the hubcap and loosen the lug nuts, alternating from right to left. But don’t remove them just yet. Check your manual to find the best spot to position your car jack. [Place it carefully in the designated spot under the frame of your car.] Then use fluid, even strokes to lift the car until the wheel is completely off the ground. Never get under a car lifted by a jack. It could slip off.

Remove the loosened lug nuts and remove the tire. [Keep the lug nuts together – don’t lose them! Use the hubcap to keep them gathered, or put them in your pocket.] Glide the spare onto the tire bolts, pushing back as far as it can go. Put the lug nuts back on using the same alternating pattern you used to take them off. Tighten them by hand as much as you can. Then slowly lower the car. Now use the wrench to finish tightening the lug nuts. [Having the tire on the ground prevents it from spinning as you tighten the lug nuts.] Replace the hubcap.

Spare tires aren’t designed for long-term use, so head straight to a tire shop for a replacement.