The new drivers with little experience may not have fully understood the circumstances that occur when driving long distance. Let's refer to some common situations of long-distance drive and suggestions for self-patching tubeless tires from the experienced drivers.
1. Losing brake:
A vehicle that suddenly loses its brakes is a situation that can make the new drivers to lose their temper and cannot handle it in time. When encountering this situation, the first thing the drivers need to do is turn on the signal lights to let the cars behind and next to you notice, look around to keep the steering wheel. Because the brake pedal has a problem, it is necessary to adjust the throttle so that the car moves slowly but do not release the accelerator immediately or turn off the engine. Let the car go into rough places such as speed bumps, on both sides of the road there are gravel, in case the car is going downhill, actively find soft obstacles like bushes to pull over.
2. Tire puncture:
It often happens when the vehicle is overloaded, the tires are subjected to high pressure and just a small sharp object or nail on the road can cause a tire puncture. For the experienced drivers, they will often prepare the necessary tools to repair a punctured tire themselves. Nowadays, most car tires on the market are tubeless tires, coated with a film on the inside of the tire to keep air. To self-patch a tubeless tire quickly and temporarily, before taking the car to the repair shop or garage, the drivers can refer to some of the following suggestions:
Bring spare tire and tire patch kit in case of unexpected situations
Using self-patching glue: When a tire is punctured in the middle of the road and there is no way to find out a garage or repair shop, using self-patching glue is a quick, convenient and least complicated way to handle it. After manually patching the tubeless tire, the drivers should move slowly to a more professional repair place so that it could be properly fixed.
Tire plug is also a quick way to get things done in the middle of a trip. By removing nails, pieces of glass from the tire, then using a rubber tube to fill the hole, cut off the excess rubber. However, this is not a safety measure for a long trip, it is necessary to have a tubeless tire patching from a professional garage to ensure safety.
3. The vehicle in front makes an unexpected turn:
The situation occurs suddenly causing loss of balance, the drivers may lose his temper for a moment to be able to continue driving. In this case, the car drivers need to keep the steering wheel steady so that the car does not go out of the lane or collide with the dividers or the vehicle next to it. The drivers should not brake suddenly to avoid a collision with the vehicle behind. If necessary, you can turn on the signal light for the vehicle behind. When it has been handled, the vehicle can return to its original speed.
4. Tips for the new drivers before and during long distance drive?
The new drivers need to prepare the necessary tools for long distance drive
Some tips for the new drivers when starting their journey and having a safe trip:
Check tires' age or worn condition: It is recommended to replace new car tires after 5 years for all types. For the long distance drivers, you should check the tires regularly, if there are patches, please pay more attention. If the tread has worn down to the tire change indicator line or you see a lot of wear marks on the sidewalls, it is time to change the tire before the trip.
Prepare the necessary tools for repairing the damaged, punctured tires. Some items should be considered, such as: a flashlight in case you have to check the operation at night, a booster cable in case the car out the battery in the middle of the road, you can charge it from the battery of the other car, gloves to change or patch a tubeless tire…
Research in advance the route and weather the car has to go through, running on smooth highways, high speed or muddy roads with drizzle or driving through mountain pass at night which it is difficult to find a garage to patch tubeless tires. After researching the route, it is necessary to arrange a suitable travel schedule to avoid possible risks.
Drive at a safe speed, choose a smooth road surface, avoid potholes, give priority to choosing a road near a residential area where it is easy to find a car repair place or get help if there is a problem.
Vehicles with tubeless tires can move more: In case the car has a puncture and the driver has not found a garage or repair shop, the driver can still move on as long as the sharp object has not been removed from the tire. Drive to the nearest gas station to get help or find supplies to repair or patch the tubeless tire temporarily yourself.
Prepare skills to change the spare tire yourself: First, you have to remove the punctured tire, then unscrews the punctured tire, installs the spare tire and tightens the screws. Drive slowly at a moderate speed to the garage or repair shop.
Hopefully with the above tips, the drivers will have more experience to be able to handle common situations during the long-distance drive.