There is a really interesting article in the Daily Telegraph about how spare tyres are disappearing from our modern cars.
It reports that the traditional full-sized spare tyres “can’t withstand the onslaught of lightweight solutions that leave your boot free for luggage.
“Like the in-car cassette player, winding windows and car alarms that squawked when you pressed the key fob, the spare tyre could be vanishing.”
It also points out that while many car owners might lament their demise, tyre manufacturers’ evidence suggests that our quality of life could be better without them.
According to tyre firm Continental, spare wheels are only effective in about 70 per cent of punctures because they’re either unroadworthy or drivers don’t have the right tools, strength or knowledge to change a wheel.
Plus their are the safety issues linked with changing tyres at the side of the road – a major hazard even if you know what you are doing.
So what are the alternatives? You can read all about them at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/road-safety/9441994/Death-of-the-spare-tyre.html
Denna Bowman, Head Office