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Despite your best efforts, it is inevitable that at some point, every driver will face a problem on the roadway. Here are some tips on how to handle a flat tire and other emergencies when they arise.

Flat Tires

Here are basic tire changing instructions –

CREDIT: SaabUSA, How To Change Your Tire Alone

As mentioned in this video, you may need to refer to the Owner’s Manual that came with the vehicle to locate the spare tire and the necessary tools. Ideally it will be found in glove box. If you don’t know for certain where the owner’s manual is in the vehicles you drive, make sure to ask your parent or the owner of the car and then check for yourself to confirm where it is located.

Calling for roadside assistance was also mentioned in the video. In addition to auto clubs like AAA, many automobile insurance policies and even some credit cards offer roadside assistance. In almost all cases however, you will be asked to present a membership identification card in your name before service will be provided. If you do not have this information, the roadside assistance option may not be available to you.

Other Behind the Wheel Emergencies

As the driver of a vehicle, do you know the correct ways to respond to behind the wheel emergencies?

Have you every over- or under-steered going into a curve or turn and felt the rear of the vehicle “break loose.”  What is happening is a “skid” – here is a tip to help you recover control:

CREDIT: Ford Media, Safe Driving Tip #4: Skid Recovery!

Another behind the wheel emergency you may encounter, especially on narrow roads and roads without shoulders if having the tires on the passenger (right) side of the car drop off the pavement.

CREDIT: Ford Media, Safe Driving Tip #6: Two wheels off the pavement!

To close this topic, a professional driver explains why you should never give up in an emergency situation. These tips are from Ford Motor Company’s Driving Skills for Life program, which is designed to help young drivers improve their skills in four key areas that are critical factors in more than 60% of teen vehicle crashes.

CREDIT: Ford Media, Safe Driving Tip #10: Don’t Give Up!