Welcome to the TyreServ Blog, titled "How beat the long waiting times when your tyre blows out" This week's edition is about beating the long wait times that recovery companies don't tell us about when taking out a policy.
Having your tyre blow is a scary experience, but it's not the end of the world. We plan on showing you how beat the long wait times when your tyre blows out, with these tips and tricks you can still get to where you need to go quickly:
Make sure you are safe
Get out of the car and stand away from traffic.
Don't stand on the road, as it's dangerous for both you and other drivers.
Don't try to change the tyre yourself--you could hurt yourself or cause more damage to your vehicle.
If possible, move your vehicle off of the highway so that it doesn't block traffic flow; otherwise, stay in your car until help arrives (this is especially important if there's been an accident).
If you're on a motorway, pull over to the left shoulder and turn on your hazard lights.
If you're on a motorway, pull over to the left shoulder and turn on your hazard lights. Do not stop on the hard shoulder unless you are certain that you can park safely and legally. Get off the motorway as soon as possible if you do break down; just because you stop at the side of the road does not mean that you aren't vulnerable--in fact, it makes things worse!
Call a mobile tyre service instead of your breakdown provider.
If you've ever been stranded on the side of a motorway, waiting for a breakdown service to arrive, then you'll know that it can take hours. In fact, in some cases it may be quicker for you to walk back home than wait for help! (not that we suggest you do this)
Mobile tyre services are much more likely to be able to access your car and repair your tyre quickly than a breakdown company--they don't need ramps or special equipment because they carry all their tools with them in their van. They also tend not to charge as much as traditional breakdown providers do (because they don't have the same overhead costs).
You can use these methods to get your car back on the road sooner.
If you're on a motorway, use your hazard lights to alert other motorists and get them to slow down. This will help to prevent any accidents from happening as they pass by.
If you're on a country road, pull over as far as possible (but don't step out of the car) and wait for assistance from police or other emergency services who may be able to help you move off the road safely.
If you're on a motorway, pull over to the left shoulder and turn on your hazard lights. Call a mobile tyre service instead of your breakdown provider. You can also use these methods to get your car back on the road sooner.
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