In an effort to reduce weight and improve fuel economy, automakers continue to eliminate spare tires from new vehicles.
PHOENIX - In an effort to reduce weight and improve fuel economy, automakers continue to eliminate spare tires from new vehicles.
According to new research from AAA, nearly one‐third of 2017 model year vehicles do not come with a spare tire as standard equipment, creating an unnecessary hassle and expense for drivers.
Last year alone, AAA came to the rescue to more than 450,000 members faced with a flat tire whose cars did not have a spare tire.
To avoid a roadside surprise, AAA urges drivers to check their trunk for a spare tire before trouble strikes.
As a replacement for a spare tire, some automakers are including tire-inflator kits that can temporarily repair small punctures in flat tires.
However, a previous AAA study found that tire-inflator kits have limited functionality and cannot provide even a temporary fix for many tire-related problems, including sidewall damage or blowouts.
Not only are tire-inflator kits not a good substitute for a spare tire, they can cost up to 10 times more than a tire repair and have a shelf life of only four to eight years.
To prevent drivers from being stranded in the event of a flat tire, AAA offers these precautionary tips:
For more information, visit AAA.com.