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Port Elizabeth - Recent research by Continental amongst male drivers has revealed that men find a woman who can change a wheel very sexy.
More than half (59 percent to be exact) said that if they saw a lady changing a wheel they would insist on offering assistance - while another 15 percent said they would stop and offer their contact numbers rather than help.
What was scary, however, was that a quarter of respondents wouldn't stop to help, fearing it might be a trap or a potential highjack opportunity.
With that in mind, we bring you the basic 10 steps needed to change a wheel and become a red hot, not so damsel in distress:
ASSESS AND DECIDE
Firstly, is it safe to stop? If the area's dark, desolate or dodgy, keep moving, sister. Drive slowly to the nearest garage or to a safer, well-lit area.
PARK AND PREPARE
Find a flat, stable and safe place to park, pull up the hand brake and switch on your hazard lights. Make sure you're a safe distance from passing traffic and pop up your safety triangle.
LOCATE YOUR TOOLS
Take out your jack, wheel-spanner and spare wheel.
RAISE SLIGHTLY AND LOOSEN A LITTLE
Place the jack firmly against the underside of the car and raise it until it is supporting but not lifting the car. Remove the hubcap (if you have one) and loosen the nuts only slightly by using the wrench to turn them anti-clockwise, but DO NOT REMOVE them.
CRANK IT UP AND REMOVE NUTS
Crank the jack to lift the tyre off the ground - high enough to remove the flat tyre and replace it with the spare. Remove the nuts the rest of the way.
REMOVE AND CHANGE TYRE
Remove the wheel. It might be stuck due to rust - try using the spare wheel to hit the outside half. Once the flat tyre is off, place the spare wheel on the hub and put on the nuts.
TIGHTEN AND LOWER
Tighten the nuts by hand until they are all snug. Avoid using too much force - besides breaking a nail, you could unbalance the jack.
LOWER AND TIGHTEN MORE
Lower the car without applying full weight on the wheel. Tighten the nuts as much as possible by going in a star pattern around the wheel, one nut across from another, give each nut a full turn until they are equally tight.
PACK UP AND FRESHEN UP
Pack away the flat wheel and the tools. Use the wet wipes to clean any nasty grease or dirt off your hands. Lastly, apply a lick of lip-gloss and give yourself a big smile!
TAKE IT EASY AND FOLLOW UP
Head slowly to your nearest tyre repair centre and get that flat tyre seen to as soon as you can.