What to do in case of flat tire?
A flat tire is annoying, regardless of whether you find it flat in the morning when you leave for work, or it blows out on the road during a trip.
Damages are mostly caused by different objects such as nails or sharp stones, but also low tire pressure can cause damage to internal structure. Due to such internal damage, in combination with hot ground, the possibility of tire damage increases.
Can you be prepared for flat tire?
Mentally probably not, but you can take certain measures to reduce the risk of damage, as well as prepare the necessary repair equipment.
- Make sure you have a spare tire or repair kit in your car.
- Make sure you have a jack and a wrench, and a warning triangle.
- Inflate the tires to the recommended value.
- Check the tires at least once a month to see if they are properly inflated, without bulges, scratches or similar damages.
However, flat tire can still happen.
Even though you've taken every precaution to minimize the possibility of a flat tire, it can still happen. What to do then?
- Have in mind that driving with a flat tire can cause permanent damage.
- Slowly stop the vehicle, repair the damage and go straight to first repair shop.
- If you have a spare tire and the necessary equipment, jack up the car, unscrew the wheel with a T-handle wrench and replace it.
- If you have a repair kit, which consists of a foam and a compressor, you can use it to patch a damaged tire.
- If your vehicle is equipped with run-flat tires, you can drive to the repair shop without repairing or replacing the tire on the spot, since it is a technology that enables up to 80 km of driving with low pressure or even a flat tire, with a maximum speed of up to 80 km/h.
How can you change a tire yourself?
For this, the manufacturer's instructions on the use of the vehicle (in printed or digital form) will be useful.
- Stop the car on flat surface, never on uphill or downhill.
- Prepare the necessary equipment from the trunk - wranch, jack and spare tire.
- Put the car in gear and pull the handbrake.
- Loosen the bolts on the wheel.
- Lift the car off the ground with a jack.
- Unscrew the screws and remove the wheel.
- Attach the spare wheel to the axle and fasten it with screws and tighten them with a wrench.
- Lower the vehicle onto the ground with a jack and additionally tighten the bolts
If you are ALD Full Service Leasing user, you have less to worry about, because you can be sure that the vehicle is delivered with all the mandatory equipment, which includes everything necessary for changing tires.
We will also provide telephone support or send the road assistance, depending on the situation and the agreed terms and conditions.
Our call center and assistance are available by phone:
ALD Call Center: 01 6666 060
ALD Road Assistance: HR 0800 1121 / INO: +385 1 36 88 331