AAA report finds many new cars don't have spare tires
(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Changing a flat tire is no fun but it turns out many drivers couldn't, even if they wanted to.
A new report finds many new cars do not come with a spare tire anymore, so even if you knew how to change a flat there might not be an extra tire in your car to use.
The AAA report finds 28 percent of 2017 model year vehicles are sold without a spare tire as standard equipment.
Automakers started removing spare tires a few years ago.
AAA says they did it to make the car lighter, which provides better gas mileage.
The problem is, many people don't even realize it until they run into an issue.
Last year, AAA responded to 450,000 calls involving drivers who didn't have a spare.
"A lot of people are unaware of what's in their trunk. A lot of newer vehicles don't have spare tires,” said Jerome Bowman, a AAA tow truck driver who frequently finds stranded drivers in need of a tow because they don’t have a spare tire in the car.
Some high-end vehicles do come with run flat tires until you can get to a shop.
Others have started including inflator kits and sealant, but many tow truck drivers say they aren't always enough to fix flat tires.
Since the spare is optional on many new vehicles, AAA recommends always double checking to make sure there is one before purchasing a new car.