Recent research from ContiPartner amongst male motorists has uncovered that men find a woman who can change a tyre super hot (69.45%). Just over half (59%) of the respondents said that if they saw a female changing a tyre they would insist in offering assistance. And for the single ladies, 15% of men said they would stop and offer their number rather than help.
But most frightening of the findings, was that a quarter of respondents wouldn’t stop to help fearing it might be a trap or a potential highjack opportunity. With that in mind, swot up on the basic 10 steps needed to change a tyre and become a red hot, not so damsel in distress:
- ASSESS AND DECIDE: Firstly, is it safe to stop? If the area is dark, desolate or dodgy, keep moving sister. Drive slowly to the nearest garage or to a safer, well-lit area.
- PARK AND PREPARE: Find a flat, stable and safe place to park, pull up the hand brake and switch on your hazard lights. Make sure you are a safe distance from passing traffic and pop up your safety triangle.
- LOCATE YOUR TOOLS: Take out your jack, wrench and spare tyre.
- RAISE SLIGHTLY AND LOOSEN A LITTLE: Place the jack firmly against the underside of the car and raise it until it is supporting but not lifting the car. Remove the hubcap (if you have one) and loosen the nuts only slightly by using the wrench to turn them anticlockwise, but DO NOT REMOVE them.
- CRANK IT UP AND REMOVE NUTS: Crank the jack to lift the tyre off the ground – high enough to remove the flat tyre and replace it with a spare. Remove the nuts the rest of the way.
- REMOVE AND CHANGE TYRE: Remove the tyre. It might be stuck due to rust – try using the spare tyre to hit the outside half. Once the flat tyre is off, place the spare tyre on the hub and put on the nuts.
- TIGHTEN AND LOWER: Tighten the nuts by hand until they are all snug. Avoid using too much force – besides breaking a nail, you could unbalance the jack.
- LOWER AND TIGHTEN MORE: Lower the car without applying full weight on the tyre. Tighten the nuts as much as possible by going in a star pattern around the tyre, one nut across from another, give each nut a full turn until they are equally tight.
- PACK UP AND FRESHEN UP: Pack away the flat tyre and the tools. Use the wet wipes to clean any nasty grease or dirt off your hands. Lastly, apply a lick of lip-gloss and give yourself a big smile. You did it!
- TAKE IT EASY AND FOLLOW UP: Head slowly to your nearest ContiPartner and get that flat tyre seen to as soon as you can. Relax – ContiPartner will take it from there.
Author: Kimberley Nanson
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