'Don't panic': Dos and Don'ts when you get a flat tire on a Utah freeway

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  • NeifyT Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 4, 2018 10:17 a.m.

    "A lot of people don't think having a flat tire is an emergency, but 'indeed it is,'"

    That is a funny line, given that for many many years their do-not-call-911 advertisements say that traffic problems including debris in the road; cars on the side of the road (including for blown out tires); and especially not for accidents unless there is an injury. Otherwise they were telling people to just call the regular dispatch line (despite both lines being answered by the same people).

    So, which is it? Is a person suppose to call 911 for a blown out tire or not? Or, are they supposed to call the non-emergency police dispatch?

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    For me, I would try to navigate my car off the freeway completely; and then find a place to change my own tire.

    Thankfully I haven't had a blown tire with my current car (even though now it is older) than my previous car which would have tires go out very very often. My first car I literally changed or repaired as many tires (minus two) as I changed the oil (which I did every 5,000 miles); it would just eat through tires like nothing else. Yes, in 127,000 miles I repaired or replaced 23 tires; before the car completely died (way before it should have).

  • MrLogic Brigham City, UT
    Sept. 3, 2018 5:53 p.m.

    Every time I see the incident management vehicles, I want to stop and buy them dinner or something. It's just awesome that they're out there to help.

    I feel the same way about the UHP, but that feeling comes after I check my speed. :)

  • Elsleuith Eagle Mountain, UT
    Sept. 3, 2018 4:47 p.m.

    Very helpful information. I had no idea.

  • jack1066 Burley, ID
    Sept. 3, 2018 2:57 p.m.

    Drivers in Utah don’t let others over when they signal to change lanes. So then what?