PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Have you looked in the trunk of your car lately? Turns out more than one-third of cars sold from model year 2015 don’t have a spare tire, according to a AAA analysis.
Instead, some carmakers provide sealant kits and others install so-called run-flat tires.READ MORE: Crews Spend Hours Trying To Gain Control Of Massive Scrapyard Fire On Neville Island
Consumer Reports says run-flat tires have thicker sidewalls than traditional tires. Most manufacturers say they will support a car at speeds up to 50 miles per hour for a distance of at least 50 miles after most flats.
But, there’s a caveat.
They’re not going to work for everything, so if you have a ripped sidewall or a large hole in the tire, obviously you may not be able to drive on it.
Run-flat tires are also more expensive than regular tires. Depending on the size, some can cost as much as $300 each. There are also fewer models available, and they may have to be special-ordered.
So, why are so many carmakers ditching the spare for run-flat tires?READ MORE: Pine-Richland Head Football Coach Eric Kasperowicz And Entire Coaching Staff Will Not Return In Fall
Manufacturers are eliminating the spare to lighten up the load in cars to help improve fuel efficiency.
In the case of run-flat tires, though, it may also be because there’s no room in the car for a spare tire. Still, if you get a small puncture, with run-flat tires you’ll be able to continue on your way and won’t have to wrestle with a jack and a spare late at night or in an isolated area.
If you are buying a new car that doesn’t come with a spare and you want one, ask.
Sometimes dealers can sell you a traditional spare-tire kit. But, make sure it is designed for your trunk and fits securely.
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