A survey commissioned by Apollo Tyres has found that a clear majority of European motorists would not attempt to deal with a tyre puncture at the roadside themselves. Just 46 per cent say they would use the car’s supplied spare tyre or inflation kit, compared to 32 per cent that say they would instead call on a vehicle breakdown service for assistance, and 16 per cent who would seek help from a family member, friend or colleague.
Car review website Carbuyer.co.uk says UK motorists have given space saver spare wheels and puncture repair kits an “overwhelming thumbs down”. When it asked a sample group of more than a thousand motorists which modern car features annoy them most, two out of three responded that the lack of a full-size spare tyre was their biggest gripe.
A new Michelin product offers motorists a means of continuing a journey when stopped by a puncture and workshops a better chance of permanently repairing the tyre later on. Michelin Tyre Sealant is an emergency product that can repair certain punctures and then re-inflate the tyre to 0.8 bar – an amount Michelin calls a “safe pressure”. The tyre maker says the 500ml Michelin Tyre Sealant can is suitable for use on all tyres up to size 245/45 R17 and requires no tools or separate compressor.