Nearly a third of new vehicles are sold without spare tire as standard equipment, according to a AAA study.
As automakers search for new ways to improve fuel economy, ditching the spare is a popular way to reduce weight.
AAA found that 28 percent of the 2017 model year vehicles sold don’t have spares, compared with just five percent of 2006 model year vehicles.
‘This is a major issue for Michigan motorists who find themselves stranded on the roadside,’ Susan Hiltz, public affairs director for AAA in Michigan, told Detroit Free Press. ‘They can no longer rely on their tire-inflator kit and require vehicle towing.’
Nearly a third of 2017 model year vehicles are sold without a standard spare tire, according to AAA, which leaves drivers in a bind if they get a flat on the road (stock image)
For some, not having a spare is a non-issue as they’d rather call roadside assistance anyway. About 20 percent of young drivers don’t know how to change a tire, AAA said (stock image)
Many new vehicles are equipped with tire-pressure monitoring systems that alert drivers to low pressure, but these are no help when a nail or other sharp object punctures a tire.
Some vehicles also now come with run-flat tires that can travel 100 miles before needing a repair thanks to reinforcement that makes it possible for the tire to hold the car’s weight when they lose pressure.
Other automakers include a tire-inflator kits as a temporary fix that can plug small leaks, but they don’t work with blow outs or sidewall damage and expire after four to eight years.
For some, not having a spare tire is a non-issue because they don’t know how to change one so they call roadside assistance anyway.
About 20 percent of young drivers don’t know how to change a tire, according to AAA.
Overall about 97 percent of male drivers know how, compared to 68 percent of female drivers.
AAA recommends car owners know whether they have a spare before they need it, and regularly check their tire pressure.
Overall about 97 percent of male drivers know how, compared to 68 percent of female drivers