Over half of UK drivers left deflated by flat tyres
Millions of drivers in the UK can't change a flat tyre, a survey has found.
A poll of 2,027 UK drivers by Kwik Fit shows a worrying percentage of respondents are ignorant of how to change a tyre - and lack the necessary tools to do so.
Three per cent of the respondents admitted that they had no idea whatsoever how they would change a flat tyre, while ten per cent of drivers don't even have the necessary tools to make the fix.
Presently different manufacturers can provide different types of tyres as a spare within their model range. A full-sized standard tyre could be provided or, alternatively, a low-speed space-saver tyre, to be used for only up to 50 miles and for travelling at 50mph at maximum, may be provided.
Some manufacturers don't even offer a spare tyre, providing a puncture repair kit instead.
The survey reveals that ten per cent of drivers don't know the size of their spare tyre.
As many as 36 per cent of the respondents said that they had the necessary tools to change a flat tyre, but don't know how to use them.
Six per cent of the motorists have the full set of problems, lacking the knowledge, the tools and the spare wheel all at the same time.
On a more positive note, 11 per cent of drivers said they had a puncture repair kit but also ensured they had a spare wheel in case their car suffered a double puncture.
Kwik Fit estimates that around nine million cars in the UK suffer a puncture every year.
Tyres that are under-inflated do not only leave motorists stuck on the roads but can cost them a lot more money than they realise.
Research from Michelin last year found that UK motorists were wasting £337 million on fuel every year because of driving on under-inflated tyres.
Driving a car on under-inflated tyre means more fuel is used since more strain is placed on the suspension and steering compared to normal conditions.
The lifespan of the tyre is significantly shortened if underinflated, meaning grip on the tyres is lost, which reduces the handling and lengthens the braking distance.