We've all seen this MEME -
If you Don't Know How to Change a Tire - Then You should Shave.
It's a point in everyone's life where they will encounter a flat tire...
In today's SnowFlake Nation, over 60% of today's drivers cannot change a spare tire... But, who's fault is that? Unfortunately, it's not the SnowFlake...
According to AAA - over the past twelve years automakers have been removing spare tires from their vehicles. As a matter of fact, over 30% of new vehicles placed on our roads come without a spare... That is a an estimated 30 Million vehicles that lack a spare tire...
The main reason for this tire treason, is due to our own government fuel economy standards. A spare tire and jack can weight as much as an extra 30 pounds. That may not seem like a lot, but it is a measurable increase fuel economy...
Now being a consumer economy, there is big bucks out there waiting to be made by the towing and road side assistance companies. With the stats above you can see why roadside assistance is becoming so popular.
How Spare Yourself....
First, open your trunk and see if you have a spare tire and equipment you need to change that tire.. If you find yourself without one, head to a dealer to find out about how to buy a spare. It may cost a little more than you want to spend, but you will be glad when you do get stuck, that you have an exit strategy...
Next get an emergency kit together for your car and include the following for your tire section of that kit:
- A compact Compressor
$10 - at Harbor Freight
- Two (Yes Two) Cans of Fix-A-Flat
$5x2 - Walmart
- A puncture Kit
$5 - at Walmart
- A Head Lamp
$3 - at Harbor Freight
- Road Flares
$3 - at Walmart
- A Safety Vest
$4.50 - at Harbor Freight
- Reflective Triangles
$2.50 - at ToolUSA
Final thoughts - Folks, get yourself antiquated with changing a tire. Challenge yourself and others by changing your own spare tire at least once.
Some information in this blog was sourced at: https://www.nbcnews.com/business/consumer/draft-60-percent-people-can-t-change-flat-tire-most-n655501 / https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2017/10/19/why-so-many-automakers-ditching-spare-tires/777871001/