When’s the last time we heard an entirely positive news story come from the automobile manufacturers, especially General Motors? It seems like it’s always a sales pitch, a recall or a bailout, and here’s another one to add to the pile: in order to cut costs and make vehicles lighter, car companies are cutting the spare tire as a standard feature on new models. Yikes!
It doesn’t take a genius to imagine this might result in some sticky situations. In fact, Reuters reported that 12 percent of the 3.5 million calls AAA receives are due to problems with tires. We can almost picture the situation: You borrow your friend’s new car for the weekend, get a flat, call AAA (handy), and… boom. No replacement tire. Yuck.
So what can the savvy motorist do? Three things:
- If you’re buying a new car, get the spare tire option. You’re going to want one.
- If you’re buying a used car, always check to make sure the spare is there.
- Check your car now to make sure your spare tire is there and in good condition. If it’s not, get one.
Though it’s not all bad. Because a spare tire and its jack typically add an additional 25 pounds to a car’s total weight, this ‘no spare tire’ trend will make your car slightly more fuel efficient (it’ll add about one MPG).
What do you think about this? Are you okay with your car not having a spare tire? Or would you rather pay extra and be on the safe side?
For all of your tire needs (spare or otherwise!) or for tires in Canyon County, call Discount Tire Centers at 1 (800) 808-4737.Photo courtesy of Oakley Originals.