No one enjoys getting a flat tire while on a road trip. The entire experience can be a little nerve-wracking, especially when you’re in a rental van. But don’t fret, because the team from Carl’s Van Rentals is here to give you three tips on changing a flat tire, should that occasion ever arise while you’re in one of our vehicles.

3 Tips for Handling a Flat Tire

1. Coast to Your Stop

If you’re driving a rental van and get a flat tire, the first thing you need to do is coast to your stop. Try to avoid slamming on the brakes, which could cause the van to swerve or flip. Avoiding the brake or gas pedals will also help you gain control over the van should you be traveling at high speeds. Another good thing to do is immediately signal your intention to get over and turn on your blinkers.

2. Pull Over to a Safe Spot

When you pull over to a safe spot, make sure you do so on level ground. This will make it easier for you to change the tire. If you’re on a busy road, try to pull over to the side so that other drivers can easily pass you. Additionally, if you have the opportunity to pull into a rest stop, do that. Otherwise, make sure you pull as far away from the road as you can, and always round the vehicle from the front so oncoming vehicles can spot you easily.

3. Locate All Your Equipment before Doing Anything

It’s important to locate all the necessary equipment before you start changing the tire. This means having your lug wrench, jack, and spare tire within reach. If you’re not sure where these items are located in your rental van, take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with their location before starting anything. Having all your equipment right there in front of you will make changing the tire that much easier.

Call Carl’s Today

Here at Carl’s Van Rentals, we care about your safety. This is why we make sure every van, SUV, and minivan is in tip-top shape before you drive off the lot. But should you ever experience a tire blowout while driving around Florida, make sure you give us a call at (800) 565-5211. We have locations in Jacksonville, Orlando, and Tampa, FL, so no matter where you are, we can serve you!