Driver Tips | How To Change a Tyre
If you’ve been driving around town and suddenly you’ve got a flat tyre, you’re going to need to change it, fast. You could call the AA but they make take some time to reach you, impacting on your earnings.
As a professional driver, performing tasks like changing a tyre should be like second nature to you, but just in case it’s been a while and you’re in need of a quick refresher course Otto Car can help!
The Otto team have created a short simple video to help guide you through the process. Please see the step by step guide below and the following video
- Place your vehicle in a safe place and inspect which of your tyre’s is flat, remember to park your car on flat ground and away from traffic
- Remove your boot carpet and slide it under your vehicle to gain access to your tool and tyre
- In the boot you’ll find the spare tyre, jack and locking wheel bolt
- Remove the hub cap (as shown in the video) using the tool
- Take out the locking wheel nut from the case and undo the bolts
- Place the jack under the vehicle in the available space provided (see video)
- Take the wrench and jack up the car. This should take around two to three minutes
- Remove the wheel bolts by hand or use the wrench
- Place the wheel and slide the flat tyre under the vehicle for safety and support
- Then pick up the spare saver tyre and place in on the vehicle, putting the bolts on by hand
- Undo the jack and tighten the wheel bolts in a star motion
- Once the new tyre is fitted, please get in contact with Otto Car and the servicing department.
Extra Tip: How to check tyre condition and tread depth
Checking tyres for damage is fairly straightforward and the rules on tread depth are clear. You must have at least 1.6mm of tread over the central three quarters of your tyre around the entire circumference. Any less than 1.6mm and you’ll be putting yourself, your passengers and other road users at risk and could face a hefty fine.
The quickest way to check your tyre’s tread depth is to use a 20p coin. The outer rim of the coin is approximately 1.6mm, so if you can see any of the rim, you’ll need a new tyre (see photo below)