Do you dread fixing a flat tire alongside the road? Many people do, which is why the AAA responds to over 200,000 calls for tire assistance every year. Our Bridgeport Ford dealer provides tire repair and replacement for all makes and models. But, knowing how to keep your family safe after a flat tire incident is crucial. Follow these tips from our Ford service center at Park City Ford to stay safe out on the road.

A flat is scary because it often happens suddenly. It’s important to stay calm and carefully navigate your vehicle to the side of the road. Avoid hitting your brakes or turning your steering wheel too sharply. Try to get as far off the main road as possible to give you more space between your vehicle and those flying down the highway. Your next step before changing your tire is to improve your visibility.

Turn on your hazard lights and set your parking brake. Then add flares, caution flags, pop-up cones, or battery-operated lights to warn other drivers if possible, and wear a piece of reflective clothing if it’s dark outside. By taking these additional steps, you’ll help protect yourself from distracted drivers.

Next, install wedges under your remaining tires to prevent your car from rolling. Once you’ve completed all these safety steps, it’s merely a matter jacking your vehicle, replacing the flat tire with the spare tire, then lowering it back to the ground. Double check that all lug nuts are secure and that the spare tire is inflated to the proper level.

Of course, you don’t want to drive on your spare too long. Find your way to our Bridgeport Ford dealer, and we’ll set you up with a new tire or repair the current one on your Ford Fusion or Ford Edge.

To learn more, give us a call at 888-798-1913. We look forward to working with you soon!