Stop the car as soon as possible to limit damage to the tyre, because in most cases punctured tyres can be repaired at a fraction of the cost of a replacement tyre. When stopping the car try to park in a place where you are as far away from the passing traffic as possible AND on a flat, hard, level area but remember to leave enough room beside the vehicle so you can replace the tyre with your spare.
Instructions detailing how to remove the flat tyre and fit your spare tyre can be found in your vehicle owner’s manual. As a general guide the procedure is usually as follows:
Use your wheel brace to loosen all the wheel nuts. Only just loosen the nuts off a little bit.
Next use your jack to raise the corner of the vehicle until the flat tyre is off the ground. Remember you will need to have enough clearance to fit the spare which will need more room because it is inflated.
Once the wheel is high enough remove all the wheel nuts and the wheel will come off.
Lift your spare into position and tighten all the wheel nuts as tight as possible with the wheel still off the ground.
Use the jack to lower the car back onto the ground.
Once on the ground remove the jack and use your wheel brace to re-tighten the wheel nuts.
Remember to have your flat tyre repaired or replaced as soon as possible. You don’t want to experience a flat tyre and find that your spare is also flat!!
A final note on changing a flat tyre on the side of the road is that if you do not feel confident in carrying out this procedure there are companies, such as NRMA or RAC, which provide a road side assistance service, where you can phone them and have a mechanic come to you wherever you may be and change the tyre for you.
TOP TIP! If your car comes equipped with a space saver tyre (they're the funny little ones that generally have a brightly coloured centre) make sure you put that on the back of the car, and not the front as it can have a detrimental affect on your cars handling, braking and safety.