How To Change a Tyre (Uber Driver Tips)

How To Change a Tyre (Uber Driver Tips)

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A flat tyre is a common problem that might happen to anyone while driving or working as a driver! Whether you are an Uber driver or any other private hire driver, you have to know how to change a flat tyre. The reason is clear: if you don’t do it, you can’t work and if you don’t work for a couple of hours, the whole earning of that week would be affected. Apart from that, if you choose to replace the flat tyre with another one by calling breakdown services, it will waste more time. Also, they would charge you for the service. So the best way is to learn how to change a tyre as soon as possible. This article will tell you how to change a tyre with a list of useful tools that you always need to keep in your vehicle, even if you are a typical driver.

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How To Change a Tyre

This article will explain the following points: 

  • Required tools to change a tyre
  • Step by step tyre changing
  • How to check the tyre condition and tread depth?
  • Some FAQ about changing a flat tyre
  • Conclusion

Required tools to change a tyre

  1. A spare tyre
  2. Carjack
  3. Wheel wedges
  4. Tyre repair kit (if you are planning to repair the flat tyre yourself)
  5. Lug wrench
  6. Warning triangle (to show other drivers you are in a fixing issue)

It would also be helpful to carry some other stuff such as:

  • Torch (check batteries regularly)
  • Gloves (to avoid dirty hands)
  • Reflective jacket
  • Short plank of wood
  • Tyre pressure gauge

Step by step tyre changing

Step by step tyre changing

This section can not only benefit those who don’t know how to change a flat tyre, but it can also be useful to those who know how to do so, helping them do the changing even faster.

  1. Find a safe place to park your car.
  2. Make sure the hand brake is on.
  3. Place the warning triangle behind your vehicle.
  4. Bring all the stuff you need (including a spare tyre- Carjack- Wheel wedges-Lug wrench- etc.)
  5. Use the locking wheel bolt to fix the car. 
  6. Place the jack under the vehicle.
  7. Use the wrench to jack up the car (as much as needed).
  8. Remove the wheel bolts with the wrench or with your hand if it is not hard.
  9. Remove the flat tyre and scroll it to a safe place beside your car.
  10. Take the spare tyre and place it.
  11. Put the wheel bolts on (use a wrench to fix it better).
  12. Undo the jack and place the car in the normal position. 
  13. Collect the stuff you brought and put the flat tyre in the spare tyre spot. 
  14. Please get in the car and drive to service support to deliver the flat tyre and get it repaired. 
  15. You are all done and can safely keep moving.

How to check the tyre condition and tread depth?

Another essential thing is to check tyres tread depth which should be at least 1.6mm over the central quarter. Be aware that a fine is waiting for you if it is less than what we mentioned! To ensure the tyre’s condition is secure, you need a coin (20p is ok as the outer rim is about 1.6mm) to check the depth. If the tyre covers all rim parts, your tyre is in good condition.

 

FAQ about changing a tyre

How long does it take to change a car tyre?

Depending on how experienced you are, it can vary from 10 to 45 minutes. Don’t rush, and make sure you did it the correct way because if you didn’t, it would cause you to have trouble driving and turning.

How can I repair the flat tyre?

You can both do it yourself or take it to a mechanic. Note that you can temporarily fix small holes (not big ones) until you arrive at a suitable destination. All you need to do is to find the hole (or holes) and use a sealant to close them. Then if required, inflate the tyre.

How much does it cost, and how long does it take to ask an emergency to fix a flat tyre?

The AA will catch you in 10 to 20 minutes. The average cost of repairing a flat tyre can be £25-£45 based on the number and depth of the leaks.

But it is not the only price. As an Uber driver, you might lose 1 or 2 customers in this waiting process, which means losing another £25-£45 for changing one tyre.

Can I keep driving with a flat tyre?

If there is no passenger with you and you drive slow, driving is possible and safe. But as soon as you speed up, driving will become extremely dangerous. So if you get a flat tyre on a highway, the best choice is to fix it before driving.

Conclusion

If you are driving and suddenly notice that one of the tyres is flattened, don’t worry because it is a typical problem that happens at least once to every driver. The best way to solve this problem is to call AA and receive the services, but it is not a good idea for an Uber driver. Emergency services usually reach you in 10 minutes, which means losing a client for an Uber driver. Losing a client also affects your weekly income, and nobody likes it. The next best solution could be changing the flat tyre yourself by learning its tips and steps mentioned in the G&M direct hire blog. This article provided a step-by-step hint to change a flat tyre, covering some of the frequently asked questions about it. We hope it will be helpful to you, though we hope you never face difficulties.

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