How to change a flat tyre

A flat tyre can happen to anyone at any time and it can be a frustrating experience. The good news is the basic mechanics of changing a tyre work the same on any vehicle you’re driving.

In the event that you do experience a flat tyre, it’s always helpful to know how to change your tyre. Saving you both time and money. Here is a step by step guide:

  • Find a safe place to pull over: this is important as you do not want to obstruct the flow of traffic, and it will allow you the time and concentration to change the flat tyre.
    • use your hazard lights.
    • use your parking brake
    • switch off your vehicle.
  • Have the right tools: having the right tools to change your tyre is important. You can’t hope to have the wheel removed from your car if you don’t have tools such as:
    • a vehicle jack.
    • a lug nut wrench.
    • a spare tyre (It is always a good idea to regularly check your spare tyre pressure).
  • Lift the vehicle off the ground: Use your vehicle jack to lift the vehicle from the ground. You should place the jack just under the metal portion of your vehicle’s frame, so don’t damage any other parts of the vehicle.
    • lift the vehicle until the tyre no longer touches the ground.
    • ensure your jack stays perpendicular to the ground at all times.
  • Loosen your lug nuts: these nuts are what keep your wheel attached to the car.
    • turn counter-clockwise to loosen.
    • repeat process until all lug nuts are removed.
    • remove tyre by pulling it directly towards your body.
  • Place the spare tyre on the vehicle: this is a simple matter of lining up the holes in the spare with the lug nuts and placing the spare on the wheelbase.
    • ensure to push the spare as far as it will go without damaging the wheelbase.
    • put your lug nuts back – not too tight.
    • fasten them in such a way that they’re even.
  • Lower your vehicle: once the vehicle has been lowered to the ground, you can begin tightening the lug nuts onto your wheel.

Once grounded, you may be able to tighten the lug nuts a little bit further, until they no longer budge.

Place your old tyre back in your boot and return your tools to a safe place. Depending on what’s wrong with your tyre, you can always see if it can be plugged / repaired at a reputable dealer.

At African Independent Brokers, clients can take advantage of our Gold Club membership package that offers Roadside Emergency Benefits – which includes assistance in changing your flat tyre. Our Roadside Emergency Benefits also include:

  • 24/7 roadside, medical and legal emergency benefits
  • Fines monitoring and licence renewal services
  • Pothole damages and road accident (injury/death) recovery services
  • Lifestyle benefits and discounts


If you are interested in our Roadside Benefits, kindly contact one of our friendly consultants today at 0861 001 002, and we will assist you in updating your policy documentation.





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