RAC will launch a new mobile tyre-fitting service across 10 cities to deal with over 120,000 ‘puncture no spare’ breakdowns in 2014.
Together with battery and electrical faults, damaged tyres and wheels top the list of breakdowns for modern vehicles. The RAC has seen the problem compounded by the state or our roads. In 2013 the RAC dealt with 356,927 puncture and tyre breakdowns which equates to 14% of all call-outs. Manufacturers removing the spare wheel from new cars to reduce weight to comply with EU emission targets ensures the odds really are stacked up against drivers. 50% of new cars being sold now do not come equipped with a spare wheel as standard.
RAC head of technical Phil Ryan said: “The RAC’s new dedicated fleet of mobile tyre-fitting patrols will ensure that we can respond to the growing number of members and motorists who suffer a puncture only to discover their car does not carry a spare.
“Our normal RAC patrols do a great job of fixing the majority of punctures at the roadside or by using the RAC’s pioneering new universal wheel, but this new tyre-fitting service complements our experienced patrol force and ensures that we have the right solution for our members to keep them moving.”