It has been reported that the RAC receive as many as 80,000 calls every year from motorists without a spare tyre and motoring breakdown organisation Green Flag have reported a 20% increase in the number of motorists stranded with spare tyre problems
It has been reported that the RAC receive as many as 80,000 calls every year from motorists without a spare tyre and motoring breakdown organisation Green Flag have reported a 20% increase in the number of motorists stranded with spare tyre problems.
The majority of modern new cars do not include a spare tyre so motorists are being caught out when they suffer a blow out. Instead of a spare tyre a tyre repair kit is added, RAC patrolman, Crackers Patel said “we have limited success with the sealant kits and in some circumstances we can’t use the kits at all.” The problem could be even greater for those drivers able to do an on-the-spot re-seal and an increasing number of tyre fitters are refusing to repair sealed tyres claiming it is expensive and time-consuming.
Tim Shallcross of the Institute of Advanced Motorists said “manufacturers try to make cars as light as possible because heavy cars use more fuel and emit more CO2. Safety equipment such as airbags and anti-lock brakes, along with our demand for extras such as air conditioning, have actually increased vehicle weights over the past few decades, so among other weight saving measures, most manufacturers have tried to reduce the weight of the spare wheel or eliminate it altogether. The sealant kit can be a useful emergency measure, but only if a puncture is in the main tread area. Sealants cannot repair a cut in the sidewall or a complete blow out, both of which are common types of puncture, so drivers may be left stranded.”
So the days of full-size spare wheels are almost over. The alternatives are not quite up to scratch, a space saver wheel is isn’t quite as wide as your car’s full-size wheel and tyre but you can drive on it at certain speeds. Run flat tyres have stronger side walls so you can drive on them when they are deflated so there is a possibility of driving somewhere to sort out a new tyre.