In the United States, seven flat tires occur every second. That adds up to millions of flat tires for American drivers each year. While your 2019 Ford F-150 will alert you if your tire inflation drops below recommended levels, it’s still important to know what to do if you find yourself on the road with a flat. Luckily, even with all of our technology, changing a flat tire on a new Ford truck is simple. Keep yourself safe out on the highway with these safety tips from Hiller Ford in Franklin, WI.

Prepare for a flat tire

No one plans to have a flat, but it sure is an inconvenience when it happens. Before heading out on a trip, inspect your tires for wear and tear, this includes checking on your spare tire. Make sure each tire is properly inflated. Then check your emergency supplies. You’ll need a lug wrench, car jack, and tire wedges or a heavy brick. You’ll also want to include a flashlight, raincoat, and gloves. Don’t forget about additional safety items at night, like a piece of reflective clothing, safety flares, or lights.

Take safety measures alongside the road

After a tire blows, it’s essential to stay calm and safely maneuver your car off the highway. Try to get as far away from moving traffic as possible. Turn on your hazards to increase your vehicle’s visibility. Put on your parking brake before you get out of the car to avoid forgetting this important step later. Then place wedges under your tires to secure your vehicle. It only takes minutes to perform these tasks, but the added protection is well worth your time.

Get tire service for your new Ford truck

Once you’ve changed your tire and head home, then it’s time to schedule a tire service for your new Ford truck. Spare tires can’t handle daily driving. That’s why it’s essential to call Hiller Ford as soon as possible. We offer a variety of tires for all models, including the 2019 Ford F-150. We hope to see you soon!