Safe and easy steps to follow:
1. Pull over at a safe spot and make sure it’s a flat surface — pulling over on a hill can cause disasters. Deploy the emergency brake, hazard lights, and your warning triangle. It is also recommended to put a block on the front tyre.
2. Remove the hubcap to loosen the lug nuts and use it to hold the nuts. Then grab your lug wrench and place it on the flat tyre’s lug nuts. Loosen the nuts by turning them counterclockwise, but don’t take any of them off yet!
3. Check your owner’s manual for the correct placement of the jack. Turn the hand crank at the end of the jack to raise the jack until it comes into contact with your car’s frame.
4. Start cranking the jack until the wheel is clear off the ground to remove the tyre. Don’t stick your hands or legs under the car — it could fall and injure you.
5. Remove the lug nuts from the wheel by turning them anti-clockwise and keeping them in your hubcap so they don’t roll away. This should be easily done because you’ve already loosened them. Then remove the flat tyre and lay it flat; you don’t want it to roll away either.
6. Take your spare tyre and line up the lugs, or bolts, with the holes in the wheel and slide the wheel on. Once the wheel is on, take your lug nuts and tighten them by hand until you meet firm resistance.
7. Keep lowering the jack until your wheel stands firmly on the ground.
8. Finish tightening your lug nuts well. These must be on super tight so the wheel doesn’t come flying off while driving to the tyre shop to get the flat tyre fixed.
9. Put the flat tyre back in the car — and don’t forget your jack.
10. Drive as short a distance as possible because spare tyres aren’t supposed to be driven on for long. Drive slowly and get your flat tyre replaced as soon as possible.