Tips from Toby: Don't get stranded, check your spare tire now

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - All it takes is a tiny nail and we can all wind up on the side of the road with a flat. That's what these Lee's Summit High School students and their parents are learning about in this week's class at The Auto Clinic.

These are lessons that we can all use.

"Good stuff to know in case I'm anywhere I need to change a flat tire," student Oliver Edwards said. "I know that stuff can happen all the time."

"If you don't do it all the time, you forget. I just want him to know everything he can before he gets behind the wheel," Sharon Keithley said.

Unfortunately getting stranded on the side of the road doesn't just mean changing a flat tire. More and more people are dying when they are struck by oncoming traffic. One of the biggest lessons students learned is it's sometimes best to stay in the car and make a simple phone call.

"We're telling them how to change a flat tire on a car," said Auto Clinic owner Gene Fellows. "The first thing I tell them is ‘I don't ever want to see you on the side of the road changing a flat tire.' I really recommend some sort of a roadside assistance program. Triple A has a wonderful program."

Of traffic related accidents, 23 percent are now attributed to texting and driving.

This class was a huge eye opener for parents and students. As we get ready for the holiday season, lots of driving and stress. This is a great reminder to get your whole family together and read your owner's manual and learn how to change a tire on your car.

Check your fluid levels and if you don't know how, ask your dealer. Finally, this is a great reminder to simply pay attention to the road ahead of you. Checking one text at 55 miles per hour is the same as not looking at the road for the length of a football field, putting your life and others in jeopardy.

It's very important for all of us to be educated on car maintenance, but even more important - do not text and drive and stay safe.

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