Over Half of British Drivers Can’t change a Tyre: Can You?

According to a recent study, only 45% of UK drivers know how to change a tyre, leaving more than half without a clue.

But just how useful is it to know how to replace a tyre?

Imagine you are invited to a wedding three hours drive away, in a rural area.  You are about 5 miles away from the church, driving on a country road, when you notice a problem… you are driving on a flat tyre!  After pulling into a safe place on the side of the road, you call roadside recovery, who say they will be between 1 and 3 hours.  The bride will be walking down the aisle soon.  Now would be a good time to know how to use that jack and wrench you’ve been lugging around in the boot!

Knowing how to change a tyre reduces the amount of disruption to your day if a situation like this happens to you.  It is also a useful skill to know as a passenger; it’s a great way to help a friend if you are hitching a lift with them.  Calling a roadside recovery company can be expensive, especially if you don’t pay a subscription, so changing a tyre yourself can even save you money.

All in all, it’s a pretty useful skill to have.

If you are one of the 55% who do not know how to change a tyre, we’re not judging you (well maybe a little…we do sell tyres after all!) If you would like to learn the skill, first you will need to make sure you have the following items to hand:

  • Spare Tyre – It sounds obvious, but it is good to check your car has one, and that it is roadworthy
  • Jack – To lift your car  off the ground while you change the tyre
  • Wheel-nut wrench – You will need the correct size for your wheels
  • Vehicle handbook – This will show you where best to attach the jack
  • Reflective jacket – In case you need to change the tyre in the dark

The best way to learn how to change a tyre is simply to practice.  If you are friends with someone who knows the skill, you could ask them to show you.  Otherwise, there are plenty of online resources available, many of which will show you a step-by-step guide.

Don’t forget, if that spare tyre is not roadworthy, it may be worth replacing it.  The experts here at Eden Tyres will be able to advise you – just give us a call on 0345 299 7955!