Changing a Tire in Bad Weather

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Changing a Tire in Bad Weather

You could call AAA or another roadside assistance company to help you change your tire should you get a flat in the snow, but if you don’t have that service or you don’t have the time to wait, you may find you have to change that tire yourself.

Changing a tire can be dangerous enough when the weather is clear and dry but having to change a flat in the snow is doubly dangerous for several reasons:

  • Reduced visibility due to blowing snow can make it difficult for other drivers to see you on the side of the road.
  • Slippery conditions could cause a passing drive to skid and potentially hit your vehicle.
  • If you are not dressed properly, you could get frostbite; however, hypothermia is much more common. Hypothermia occurs when you are exposed to low temperatures for a long period and ultimately causes your body temperature to drop.

Here are some basic tips to keep in mind when changing a flat tire in any weather:

  1. It’s always good to have a buddy keep an eye on traffic for you. The person under the car, changing the tire cannot see oncoming traffic and may not know if they are in danger of being hit. Having a lookout ensures that the tire may be changed safely without damage to life or limb.
  2. If you do not use your tire jack correctly to lift your vehicle, there is a possibility that your car could fall on you. Always be sure to place the jack correctly.
  3. Avoid being hit by your own vehicle by ensuring you are you are changing your tire on an even, flat surface and that your car is in park.

Always make safety your first priority before attempting to change any flat tire. If your vehicle has damage due to a flat tire, call Great Plains Auto Body today at 402. 334.7100 to set up an appointment today!