How to Change a Tire in Heels

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Okay, I’ll be honest, the wearing heels part is just to add it some feminine flavor. The truth is, every woman should know how to change a tire and if you don’t, read up and bookmark this article – it’s a must have.

While most of my friends got handed keys to BMWs and brand new Jettas on their 16th birthdays, my dad handed me the keys to our family ’87 Jaguar on the condition I learn to change a tire. (He’d do the same ‘condition’ based gift when I’d end up getting a boot on my jaguar and needed a new car – learn to drive stick shift and you get an old Isuzu Amigo) Actually, looking back, I am so glad my dad did both conditions and chose those two cars…but I digress. Let’s get into the good stuff.

How to Change a Tire

If you’re like me, you’ve watched one too many episodes of CSI and aren’t too keen on the idea of waving down help when you’re all alone and you get a flat tire. Assuming you’re a bad ass indie chick and have made sure to arm your car with a spare, we can move forward with the steps.

Step 1: Pull over, Safely

Don’t freak out. If your heart is pounding, utilize it and put yourself in survival mode. Pull over the second you see a safe area and give yourself room to move around. Find the flattest surface you can find.

In a moment of emergency, all I’m saying is try not to stop in the middle of the road or on a beautiful incline, rookie.

Step 2: Get Your Tools

In addition to your spare, you’ll need two tools: A jack and a lug wrench. (You should always have these in your car as well as jumper cables.)

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The wrench (on the left) can also just look like a stick or a crow bar with a hole. So don’t freak out if you don’t see one with 4 sticks in your drunk. Also, the jack can look like a mini land mower, too. The wrench is to remove and replace the big plugs (called lug nuts) on the tire, and the jack is to raise your car while your sexy self removes and replaces the tire. Add a flashlight and road flares or cones to your bad ass pack in your trunk in case you get a flat in the dark. (Because that happens, too.)

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Chiara Mazzucco

Chiara Mazzucco

Chiara is the Founder and CEO of Indie Chicks, Inc. She's a published author of The 9 Mirages of Love, and is working on her second book, But First, Me. You can find out more about her by visiting her website, or can email her to get in touch.

  1. Yes! This is what we’ve been waiting for! This article is so empowering on so many levels. Everyone’s always told us to know this, but I don’t have a dad to teach me and my bro was abusive, man. Who the heck else has time? This is def one of the fav articles. I can’t BELIEVE it’s that easy! Next time I get a flat, I’ll be so freakin calm. I got this guys.

  2. Good info here! I was ALMOST successful once myself, but the lug nuts were ratcheted on and I bent the ridges trying so hard to remove them (used my feet and all my body weight standing on the lug wrench).

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