A number of motorists will come across some form of problem with their vehicle over time. The older the car you purchase, the more likely it is to have problems arise quicker. Whilst some issues that occur are out of your hands, others can often be preventable or easy to put right yourself. Something that people can usually leave late checking is their tyres.
Tyres are the only bits that come into contact with the road below so should therefore be high up on the priority list of things to check. The material that they are made from ensures that they are strong and durable, and with the right care should last a few years depending on the type of driving you do. If the tread depth has become 1.6mm or less then they will legally have to be changed. It is best to not let tyres become this bare, especially in the winter.
If you are unfortunate enough to get a puncture in your tyre or somebody has created a slash in them they will also need to be changed as quickly as possible. Something like this can happen anywhere and may have to be changed at the road side. If this can be avoided it is best to wait until you are somewhere safer, however if not call for assistance. Most cars have a spare tyre located somewhere but the majority of people come on stuck of how to actually make the change.
It is always best to make sure you are aware of where the spare tyre is actually kept, along with the car jack and the locking wheel nut tool. As with the tyres fitted you need to check the spare tyre too to ensure that it is in great condition so you do not have more issues when you come to fit it. There are also different sizes of spares, some will be full size and there are also mini versions. The mini tyres are designed to save space within the car, you need to refer back to your handbook if you fit this type as some have speed limit restrictions.
Of course breakdown services or driving it to a garage that is close by, depending on the damage that has been done to your tyre, will be easier if you do not know what to do. It is important to have these fitted properly which is why you should take your car to a garage ASAP after replacing one with a spare.