Unless you have a vehicle that stores a tire on the exterior, most people tend to forget about the spare. It lives under our trunks and we don't give it a second thought until we need it in a tire crisis, let alone think about how to change a tire . Whether you get a flat or experience a blowout , the spare is there to help you get back on the road in a matter of minutes.
But what if you went into the trunk and found no spare tire in your new car? Nearly every car used to come with a full-size spare tire. In recent times, however, fuel economy requirements, trunk space allotment, and safety concerns have prompted automakers to shift toward smaller temporary spares. In some vehicles, there's no spare at all.
Whether you change your flat tire or not, it is good to learn about the different types of spares before purchasing a new car. That way, you know what kind of spare you have if a tire emergency occurs and you won't be caught off-guard when you go looking for a spare that might not be in your trunk.