More car owners are electing to leave the spare tire out of the trunk. The reason is simple: less weight means improved fuel economy. However, this can prove to be a decision that you may later regret. It’s understandable that you want to increase fuel efficiency as much as possible. However, it should not come at the expense of a very important emergency accessory.
The Stats for Blown Tires
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an estimated 78,392 crashes occur every year in the United States due to a tire blowout. Granted, this statistic is from 2003, before tire pressure monitoring systems were used. Nevertheless, tire blowouts are still a common occurrence. This is especially the case in Seattle where the roads are notorious for potholes and road debris.
Spare Tire Alternatives
Some vehicle manufacturers are no longer including a spare. Instead, they’re electing to include inflator kits, much like the ones you can buy at your local Pep Boys. Some are also fitting the car with run-flat tires. These are designed to stay partially inflated for a limited time after being punctured.
Tire Puncture vs. Complete Blowout
Both options will suffice if you run over a nail, but it won’t do you any good in a complete tire blowout. In fact, according to AAA, calls for road service have not reduced even with the advent of run-flat tires. Not only should you have a spare, but you should know how to switch it out with the blown tire.
Don’t Have a Spare Tire?
Contact Chuck’s Auto Repair to acquire an additional tire that can be stored as a spare. While you’re at it, inquire about our tune up service and car care package, which include a full inspection of the tires and wheel bearings. Even if the tires are healthy, you should always have a spare tire handy.
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