So last week I was driving home from running errands and I heard a POP! I was only about one mile from our home, so when I heard that POP and knew that I had a flat tire, I just hurried home. I knew that my husband was there and could take care of it. I was lucky that I didn’t have my kids with me, but I have had this happen before when my kids have been in the back seat. I wanted to write to tell you my best advice, AFTER THE FACT… (hindsite is 20/20, right?)
What I learned from getting flat tire with kids:
1- Don’t panic! I am pretty sure that I yelled out “What?! Oh no!! Ugh!!! Are you serious?”
2- Pull over at a safe spot. I did find a little restaurant that I was able to pull over and get off of the road. One time my husband and I got a flat tire on our honeymoon in Hilton Head, SC, and we have to just pull off onto the median. Luckily, Hilton Head is so beautiful, so the normal “median” there was a grassy area with palm trees. It wasn’t like we were sitting in the middle of the road.
3- Call someone! Always have your cell phone with you and keep it charged. (You can buy a car charger for an Iphone at the dollar store, so stock up). I usually call my husband to tell him what happened (even though he is probably working) and then I call my Dad because he is close, can be there in no time and he knows more about cars than anyone else that I know. If you didn’t see my Dad’s e-book about cars (Car buying 101), find it here. It is a must-read for anyone that is going to purchase a car.
4- Have snacks in the car. I wish I would have had a bottle of water and some snacks in the car to keep the kids busy while we sat. I didn’t want them getting out of the car because we were in a parking lot, near a busy road. A snack would have kept them busy!
5- Prepare by having the best tires to start! This is where a lot of people make a mistake. They go with the cheaper tires that just don’t last. We always buy good-quality tires and they can be easily plugged with you do get a flat. We don’t have to replace them often because they are long-lasting.
6- Make your tires last longer! Cooper Tire shares extra tips that can lengthen tires’ lifespan, providing maximum handling, performance and gas mileage for vehicles. Cooper Tire recommends these procedures be practiced at least once a month and before long trips as part of drivers’ normal vehicle upkeep. You can find out more at their webpage: www.coopertirerebates.com. You can also visit www.coopertire.com and click “Dealer Locator” to find a local dealer.
Here are the tips to make it last longer: