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Tools in Tire Changing

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Most drivers will need to change a tire at some point. Knowing how to change a tire is a skill that is certain to come in handy at some point in your life. While changing a tire is relatively simple, it is important to keep the tools needed for the job in your car. While it can be beneficial to carry a flashlight, gloves and tire blocks, only three tools are truly necessary.

Spare Tire – Drivers have options for spare tires. The best option is to purchase an identical fifth tire to rotate along with the four on your car. This increases the lifespan of all tires. It is a larger initial investment than a temporary tire, but will save money in the long run. However, storing a full size tire is impossible in many vehicles and compact temporary tires are common. These small tires are designed specifically for your vehicle’s make and model. Full-size temporary spares are an option as well if storage permits. They have less tread and a lighter weight construction so they are easier to install, but they can only be driven for a short while.