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Orlando, Florida - The US motoring organisation, AAA has warned that drivers may need to adapt their driving styles if car makers omit a spare wheel as part of efforts to reduce weight.
The group says, â€œA spare tyre, related tools and a jack can weigh more than 40 pounds (18kg). That may seem like a small amount but every little bit helps and unlike other weight saving changes, it doesn't add cost to the vehicle.â€
"Unfortunately many vehicle owners may be unaware that their vehicle has no spare tyre until they experience a flat tyre," says John Nielsen, AAA National Director of Auto Buying, and Consumer Information. "Consumers should review their owner's manual and emergency maintenance supplies they have in the vehicle and be informed about alternatives to a spare to prevent panic or a delay when encountering a flat tyre."
The group also lists all vehicles sold in the US with no spare tyre fitted as standard
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Press release from AAA
List of US vehicles with no spare tyre from AAA