|SPARE TIRE ALTERNATIVES|
|Posted on: Feb. 02, 2017 in Cars, Auto Maintenance|
There was a time when most cars came with a spare tire and the necessary equipment to change a flat. Nowadays, fewer cars are coming with spares as standard equipment. Foregoing the spare can save the manufacturer money (which, in the long run, can save you money), but it can also free up storage/cargo space and make your vehicle lighter, thus becoming more fuel efficient. You don’t want to find out your car doesn’t have a spare when you’re stranded on the side of the road, so be sure to check as soon as you acquire the vehicle.
If your car doesn’t come with a spare, what are you supposed to do in case of a flat? This is an excellent question. Here are a few alternatives to spare tires.
There are downsides to all of these alternatives. Run-flats will likely need to be replaced once you hit the driving limits on them. Sealants may be a quick and easy way to get you back on your way, but they can also damage your tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS), so not only will you need to get a new tire, you’ll also have to clean the system’s sensors.
Depending on your driving habits and who you travel with, you may opt to buy a spare and spring for a roadside assistance plan. The peace of mind could be worth the price.
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