Automakers Quietly Begin Selling Cars Without Spare Tires
You are lucky if you've never had to change a tire along a desolate road. But just imagine, getting a flat tire and realizing - there is no spare tire in your car.
I was astonished to learn that nearly 30% of new vehicles sold today do not have a spare tire! According to AAA, automakers want a lighter ride so they can boast better fuel mileage.
If those numbers match up, there are more than 30 million vehicles on the road today without a spare tire.
So what if you get a flat? Tech to the rescue, if you have a smart phone. Your roadside assistance app should be able to detect your location to within 300 feet in most cases with a emergence button for assistance. Even the standard flip phone will be able to dial 911 (which is not recommended if your'e okay and in a safe location) or a roadside service such as AAA.
Some phone plans even come with a roadside plan for a few buck a month.
Some new vehicles sold come with an emergency tire inflation kit - which may help for smaller leaks. Other vehicles come with "run-flat" tires, allowing the driver to to find a service station at a speed not recommended over 50 mph. Another solution would be an aerosol seal kit. These can be purchased for around $10 and don't take much room in the trunk.
An investigative team from ABC News in Florida recently had shoppers at a local mall open their trunks to check the spare. Many motorists were shocked to realize they didn't have one.
It's important to know if there's a spare in the trunk, and go over the tire-changing steps with young drivers.
Still a good skill to know.
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