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Motorists unprepared for punctures, survey finds

Many don't know how to change a wheel

Many drivers don't know how to change a wheel

Many drivers don’t know how to change a wheel

Many British drivers would struggle to get on the move again if one of their car tyres was punctured, according to an RAC survey.

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More than a third of those polled by the breakdown group said they hadn’t organised a since buying a new or second-hand car that came without one.

And a quarter of respondents said they hadn’t had their spare tyre repaired or replaced since their last puncture.

Spare tyres

Of those drivers who do carry a spare tyre, one in five have never checked that it’s roadworthy, the RAC said. In addition, a third of women questioned said they wouldn’t know where to start if they had to change a wheel.

The poll, which was taken by more than 1,000 British drivers, comes as the RAC continues to roll-out its new ‘multi-fit’ wheel. This can be fitted to any car and will allow customers to have their vehicle towed away when no spare tyre is available, rather than waiting for a flat-bed truck.

RAC technical director David Bizley said: ‘The majority of motorists trust that new cars are sold with a spare wheel as standard, so it’s a big concern that increasingly they are not.

‘Our research shows that one in three drivers had to change a wheel in the last 12 months. RAC patrols annually attend 250,000 tyre-related incidents so the supply of a spare is critical.’

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