Travelling without a spare tyre used to be seriously frowned upon, although it was not actually a legal requirement to have one. Today, the vast majority of new cars do not come with spare tyres, but puncture repair kits.
Why puncture repair kits are used
The first reason for puncture repair kits replacing spare tyres is that not carrying spares reduces the weight of vehicles and subsequently makes them more fuel-efficient. Secondly, the lack of spare tyres also leaves more room for luggage and other items.
More reasons for repair kits
Some manufacturers also claim that these canisters are more cost-effective than spare tyres. Finally, attaching a canister to a punctured tyre and ‘plugging the hole’ while simultaneously inflating it should be quicker than lugging a spare out of your boot, jacking-up the car and changing tyres. The risk of being hit by a vehicle passing by should subsequently be reduced significantly.
In reality, replacing used canisters containing the sealant can, depending on the car’s make and model, turn out to be more expensive than carrying a spare. What’s more, some of these canisters simply do not work, leaving you at the risk of being hurt in traffic related accidents while you wait for help to arrive.
Drawbacks of puncture repair kits
Sometimes the sealant will squirt everywhere, except into the tyre, and even if the sealant goes where it is supposed to, if the puncture hole is too large, the sealant will simply pour straight out of it. Either way, the motorist is unable to deal with the puncture and at risk of being hurt in a road traffic accident.
In short, travelling without a spare tyre places drivers at risk of being stranded, potentially in the middle of nowhere and/or at night. This obviously presents a risk of being injured in vehicle collisions if other drivers fail to see the parked vehicle in time to stop. Women stranded like this are not only at risk of being hurt in car accidents, but also of possible violent or sexual assault.
Waiting for help
Rain or shine, day or night, the risk of being injured in a car crash while waiting for help is comparatively high. Many motoring accidents involving stranded drivers are caused by distracted or speeding road users failing to notice the vehicle in time to react. Should this happen to you, you may be entitled to claim for driver injury compensation.
Call the 24/7 Freephone Accident Advice Helpline number on 0800 689 0500, to learn more.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice