1. Do a web search for “How to change a flat tire” and you’ll find a lot of good advice like a clear step-by-step walk-through on wikiHow and several good videos. Check out a couple of these.
2. Change a tire for practice. Guided by what you learned online and the instructions in your owner’s manual, do a dry run someplace flat and safe like a driveway or a quiet corner of a parking lot. Fine points like stabilizing the vehicle, how to use your jack, where to place it underneath the car and when to loosen the lug nuts are much better learned leisurely there than on the side of a highway with traffic zooming by.
3. If you’re covered by a Preferred Warranties protection plan, make sure your contract and/or customer card are in the glove box. On both you’ll find a toll-free number you can call and we’ll send help asap. All of our plans except Budget and Powersports come with 24/7 Emergency Road Service.
Okay, if you have step 3 in place you may not NEED to go through steps 1 & 2. But you should anyway. How to change a flat tire yourself is a good thing to know.