Spare Tires No Longer In New Vehicles

Automakers are under extreme pressure to get their vehicles up to the high standards that are being set by the government. And in order to make this happen, most automakers are cutting the weight of these vehicles in order to give them even more gas mileage. But the thing about this is that they are cutting weight in ways that most consumers are not aware of. And this cutting of the weight in these ways in not something that most people are going to be happy with. So just what are they doing in order to lower the weight of these vehicle? 


There is one piece of equipment that is rarely included on vehicles nowadays, and this is the spare tire. However, this is not something that most people know until they are on the side of the road with a flat tire and wondering just where is their spare tire so they canchange their tire. Needless to say, this is not a very pleasant surprise to those that find it out the hard way. However, many automakers are including the spare tire as an extra that people can purchase, which as most people are pointing out is something that they did not pay for years ago. 


So what are automakers arguing? They say that not having a spare tire in the vehicle is not necessarily unsafe. They point out that there are tire monitoring sensors in all of the vehicles made since 2006, which will warn people when they are starting to run on low tire pressure. And auto makers also point out that it is very unlikely that people are going to have a blow out in this day and age. However, this is not something that most consumers are willing to deal with since they want that security that comes along with having a spare tire for those times in which there is an emergency.

One Response to “Spare Tires No Longer In New Vehicles”

  • Keith Fontaine Says:

    July 2nd, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    Guess what? No spare tire, NO SALE!! And that’s the bottom line. If enough consumers out there stand by that principle, hopefully the manufacturers will listen. I will flatly refuse to buy a new vehicle without a spare tire, period. It was bad enough when the full sized spare tire went by the way of that STUPID DONUT!
    And another thing, it’s high time that the government got it’s BIG NOSE out of the auto industry. I don’t know about you, but personally, I’m sick & darned tired of it all.

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