AAA: One-third of 2017 cars lack spare tire

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - New research from AAA finds one-third of 2017 vehicles do not come with a spare tire.

For example, the new Hyundai Accent and Chevrolet Camero.

Last year more than 450,000 AAA members called for help after a flat tire and no spare in the car.

Daniel Armbruster, a Texas/New Mexico spokesperson for AAA, said not having that spare can put many in an aggravating situation.

"A routine process of changing a tire at the roadside into an inconvenient and costly situation that requires a tow to a repair facility," Armbruster said.

In addition, he said even if drivers do have a spare tire they still call for roadside assistance rather than changing the tire themselves.

"39 million of U.S. drivers don't know how to change a flat tire," Armbruster said.

Walter McCarley,  Wichita Falls Discount Tire store manager, said about 30 percent of his customers do not realize they don't have a spare tire until they have a tire failure.

"You want to check your tire pressure once a month," McCarley said. "The reason being is we have temperature fluctuation and you're going to lose pressure and when your light comes on it is usually an indication that you have lost 25 percent of the air pressure in your tires."

AAA recommends drivers to not assume there's a spare tire when purchasing a new vehicle and if the car does not have one to ask if a spare can be purchased.

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