GEM sup­ports Tyre Safety Month 2016

The Oban Times - - Motors -

MAKE safety your pri­or­ity when chang­ing a wheel at the road­side, says GEM.

Road safety and break­down re­cov­ery provider GEM Mo­tor­ing As­sist is sup­port­ing Tyre Safety Month with the fifth in a se­ries of sim­ple safety re­minders. This week GEM is ad­vis­ing mo­torists to make safety their pri­or­ity if they need to deal with a flat tyre.

GEM road safety of­fi­cer Neil Worth com­mented: ‘Need­ing to deal with a flat tyre is in­con­ve­nient and quite pos­si­bly dan­ger­ous, de­pend­ing on where you have had to stop. So be­fore you start look­ing for the spare, take a good look at the lo­ca­tion and weigh up the po­ten­tial risks in­volved. If you are at all con­cerned, call your re­cov­ery op­er­a­tor who will send a trained pro­fes­sional to as­sist you.

‘If you de­cide that you’re con­fi­dent and ca­pa­ble of com­plet­ing the job your­self, en­sure you can see and be seen, so put on a re­flec­tive jacket. Have gloves handy, too, as tyres tend to be pretty mucky. A torch is also a very use­ful tool.

‘Check that there is a safe area for any pas­sen­gers with you, as they can­not stay in the car while you’re chang­ing a wheel. Once again, if you are con­cerned about safety, try to en­sure you park in a safe place and call for as­sis­tance.’

Mak­ing a good job of chang­ing a tyre comes from ex­pe­ri­ence and fa­mil­iar­ity with the equip­ment and pro­cesses. GEM en­cour­ages driv­ers to con­sult their owner’s man­ual to en­sure they know where to find the equip­ment car­ried, the lock­ing wheel nut if ap­pro­pri­ate and where to at­tach the lift­ing jack.

Neil con­cluded: ‘ The chances are your spare wheel will be one of those small, thin ones that are de­signed for use at speeds of up to 50mph, so en­sure you re­place it with a proper size tyre as soon as pos­si­ble. Of course, the ma­jor­ity of cars th­ese days are sold with­out a spare wheel, so you will need to use the punc­ture re­pair kits that’s car­ried in­stead.’

GEM’s safety tips for deal­ing with a flat tyre at the road­side:

Switch on your hazard warn­ing lights. Make sure the ground is level and se­cure be­fore jack­ing your car. If it’s safe, place a warn­ing tri­an­gle to alert other driv­ers to the hazard your ve­hi­cle might be caus­ing. Check at least one of the other wheels. Fol­low the steps laid out for your car in the owner’s hand­book. Don’t at­tempt to change a tyre (or carry out any other re­pair, how­ever sim­ple) on a mo­tor­way hard shoul­der. Al­ways call for pro­fes­sional break­down as­sis­tance. Fol­low GEM on Twit­ter @Mo­tor­ingAs­sist for the lat­est in­dus­try news.

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