You’ve likely driven past people stranded on the side of the road with flat tires more times than you can count, and you don’t want to find yourself in the same situation. While you might not be able to avoid tire problems altogether, you can make sure you’re prepared by adding these must-have tools to your car. Let’s dig in so you’ll be ready for anything you encounter on the road (or on the side of it).
1. Tire Pressure Gauge
If your tires are under or overinflated, you could have a rip, tear, or blowout. Plus, you’ll burn through extra gas when driving on tires with the incorrect pressure. Thus, keep a tire pressure gauge on hand to check the tires regularly.
2. Tire Inflator
You don’t want to drive to a service station every time your tires are low. Instead, invest in a tire inflator to keep in your car. Then you can top off your tires as needed, even if you’re on the side of the road. Just remember that if you’re constantly adding air to your tires, it’s time to have them checked. At that point, you might need to repair or replace your tires.
3. Lug Wrench
A lug wrench is an essential tool for changing tires, so make sure you have one in your car. You’ll need it to remove and replace the lug nuts if you have to change a tire, so you won’t be able to complete the job without this tool.
4. Scissor Jack
You’ll need to use a jack to change the tire and complete other maintenance tasks, so make sure you have one handy. Scissor jacks are small enough to fit in the trunk of your car and are designed for emergency roadside situations, making them ideal for this job.
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5. Tire Changing Kit
You should also have a tire-changing kit that contains important accessories. Be sure to include a flashlight, work gloves, and an old towel to use if you have to change a tire. Then you can get down to work without any problems.
After gathering the tools, it’s essential to check your tires and see if they’re in good shape. If not, you’ll want to get them replaced before taking a trip. Otherwise, you’ll have to use those tools much sooner than you’d like.
If you need new tires, you can schedule service at Doug Henry Ford of Ayden in Ayden, North Carolina. We carry tires from 16 high-quality brands and can help you choose the right ones.
On the other hand, it might be time to shop for a new vehicle if your tires are just one of the issues. Our dealership can help on that front as well. With new and pre-owned options, we can help you find something with the bells and whistles you want without going over budget.