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It just take a tiny hole to cause a flat tyre and it will be one of the most stressful situation when you drive. It can be quite scary too to be stranded along the side of a busy highway.

Don’t panic. Here are some tips and guides to follow in the unfortunate puncture.

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When you noticed your car’s tyre is punctured:

1. Pull Over at A Safe Location Do not abruptly stop on the road. Pull over to the roadside or somewhere empty and away from the traffic. Caution: Don’t change your flat tyre on the highway! Get help from roadside assistance provided by the highway company.
2. Turn on your hazard lights.
3. Leave your gear at Park (P). Pull your handbrake.
4. Grab the jack, tools and spare tyre from your boot. 

5. If you have more than one tyre that is punctured, your only option is to tow it to the nearest workshop.
*It is highly recommended that you check your owner’s manual to ensure a safe process of changing your flat tyre.
**Not all spare tyres operate the same way. Some newer car models come with a space saver wheels.

Steps to change your flat tyre:

1. Loosen the lug nuts slightly Loosen the lug nuts using the lug wrench in an anti-clockwise direction.
TIP: If the nuts are too tight, use your foot/ your body weight to push the wrench. Do not remove the lug nuts completely at this time.

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2. Place the jack under your car Check your owner’s manual for the recommended spot to place the jack to safely lift your car and avoid damages. change flat tyre, place jack
3. Raise your car Caution: Never put any part of your body underneath the car during/ after jacking up your car to prevent injuries. change flat tyre jack up car

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4. Unscrew the lug nuts and remove the flat tyre You can now unscrew the lug nuts completely. Make sure you place them somewhere safe so that you don’t lose them. Remove the flat tyre by pulling it towards you and set it on its side.

5. Put on the spare tyre Put on the spare tyre and the lug nuts. With your hand, tighten the lug nuts clockwise as tightly as possible and then tighten with the wrench to secure the spare tyre.

6. Lower your car
Bring your car to the ground and remove the jack. Use the wrench to tighten the lug nuts as much as possible.

7. Keep all your tools and the flat tyre. Drive to the nearest tyre shop. You should get the flat tyre fixed as soon as you can because the spare is just for temporary use only.
Make sure to always check your spare tyre. You don’t want your spare tyre to be deflated when you need it most. Be safe on the road!

VIN stands for Vehicle Identification Number also known as Chassis Number, a string of 17 characters that identifies a car. It’s like a finger print for a car where no two cars made within 30 years of each other have the same number. Where can you find the VIN number for your car? It is typically found in several places like the dashboard and the driver’s side door label. The VIN number may not mean a thing to you if do not know how to decode it. But once you do, you will uncover secrets that may keep your car safe and secure.

1. Number that fights crime

The VIN number is your buddy when you are considering buying a used car. Ask for the number from the seller or dealer to find out if the car has been reported stolen.

Do note that the VIN is located in a few different parts of the car. Make sure that the engine bay VIN matches the ones on the door label.

2. Save your Ringgits with VIN

You want to pay the fair price for a used car. The VIN number records the car’s full history including registrations, accidents (insurance companies and panel workshops keep track of VINs) and odometer readings (PUSPAKOM). Knowing all these information allow you to make informed choices of your purchase.

3. Ensure your safety using VIN

By doing a VIN search with The Department of Transportation, you can find out if there are any open recalls on your car. Your car’s manufacture defect may not affect only you but all those in the same manufacturing facility or a particular model. Reports of accident or crashes using VIN will allow you to take precautions and more importantly let manufacturers pinpoint the defects.

4. How VINs can backfire against you

You have to take all necessary precautions before buying a new or used car. Criminals are capable of cloning a VIN number by simply copying the VIN number conveniently displayed on the dashboard. Victims will not even realise that the car is a clone until they bring it in for a service or have an accident.

5. Use VIN to quickly recover your missing car

Keep a photo of your VIN number on your phone. With that, you can save precious time to track down your car’s title in the case that it goes missing. You will more likely to recover your stolen car if you can quickly provide the police with your car’s information.

You can also go the extra step to keep your car safe from theft. Etching your VIN on the windshield and windows of your car will make your car a less enticing target. In short, make it hard for your car to be stolen.
Do you know where to find your VIN number? A little effort to get to know your car’s information will go a long in helping you fight against crime. If you learn something new from this article, share it with your friends and family.