The Tire has been around for over a century. Spare tires have been equipped to vehicles for decades and is the only solution offered by most car makers. With vehicle production getting close to 86,000,000 by the end of 2018. Makes for 344 million tires.
Aside from the mechanical failures, 26% of roadside emergencies are due to tires. In the U.S. alone, approximately 7 tire punctures occur every second, resulting in over 200 million flat tires per year. So statisticaly you will experience on average up to 5 flat tires in your life time. So a roadside emergency is very highly likely.
Automakers continue to eliminate spares to meet fuel economy standards
ORLANDO, Fla. (October 2017) – In an effort to reduce weight and improve fuel economy, automakers continue to eliminate spare tires from new vehicles.
Many new cars are equipped with Tire pressure monitoring systems - these only inform you of low pressure. Even with the spare in the vehicle most people call for roadside assistance rather then tangling with the spare.
If using those aerosol tire inflators, they can cause more harm to your tire than what the puncture did. It can damage the Tire Pressure Monitor System. It can only be used 1 time and is not safe to use in below freezing temperatures
Most of them can cost up to 10 times more than a tire repair and have a shelf life of only four to eight years. The cost alone for most of these are 3 to 5 times are prices. The other brands need some form of energy to work along with a low pressure machine that often requires jacking the car to make them work.
Surveys show that many drivers are unprepared for roadside emergencies. Data shows that 70 percent of drivers have never had their car battery checked, 20 percent also do not know how to change a tire. That adds up to close to 40 million people in US alone.
We can take the time and effort out of the routine.. changing a tire at the roadside or an inconvenient and costly situation. That often requires a roadside service repair or tow to a repair station