Flat tire? Safety first

Flat tire? Safety first

EUGENE, Ore. - Changing a flat tire on the side of the road is never a situation you want to be in.

Not only is it an inconvenience, but in the worst situations it can prove deadly.

Last Saturday, 43-year-old Wes Roy Woods of Riddle was changing a flat tire on I-5 about two miles north of Canyonville when he was hit by a truck pulling a trailer, Oregon State Police said.

Woods died from his injuries.

Rick Little from the Oregon DOT said there is no "move over law" for regular vehicles, like there is for emergency vehicles. Motorists need to assess the safety of a situation thoroughly before getting out and changing a flat, he said.

Little suggested to make sure you're pulled as far off the road as possible and then make your car as noticeable as possible.

He said there are also preventative measures people can take to keep tires in tip-top shape.