Wednesday 21 February 2018

How so many are risking puncture nightmare

Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

A NEW report raises serious questions about how prepared people are for one of driving's more difficult eventualities. It asks: How well prepared are you for a puncture?

The study found that quite a number of drivers either have no provision at all for a flat tyre or do not have the proper tools to change a wheel.

It was carried out for Kwik Fit in the UK, but I think it has serious relevance here and raises that awful prospect of being stranded at the roadside.

Oh yes, and then there are the drivers who have the proper tools -- but don't know how to use them.

Adding to the confusion is the growing number of car makers which no longer offer full-size spares as standard on their vehicles.

One in 10 of those surveyed said they had a spare but didn't know whether it was full-size or a low-speed space-saver.

Instead of a full-size spare or a space saver, some manufacturers provide a puncture repair kit.

The frightening aspect of the affair is discovering how many people have nothing whatsoever in their car to deal with a deflated tyre.

And there was advice for those who recently bought a second-hand car to check on the condition of the spare -- if there is one.

Indo Motoring

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