Information is key to obtaining the right resultin different situations. This is not only applicable to selection of groceries, replacement of household wares, getting the best deals from stores or even putting on the right clothing for a certain weather type. For drivers, information is priceless as it is to everyone. It can affect the life of the driver, the car, its parts and other road users.
There is an unending debate amongst road users (those buying new cars in particular as most new cars aren't sold with a full-sized spare) about having a spare wheel and a tyre repair kit and which comes on top. Of course, almost every road user will be plagued with tyre repairs at a point in their driving experience or the other. To make it more interesting, it has been discovered that most new cars have a repair kits instead of the traditional spare wheel people are accustomed to. So, which repair solution is the best when your tyre goes flat? First, you need to address why full-size spare wheels aren't present in newer cars.
Why Newer Cars Have TyreRepair Kits Instead Of Spare Wheels
Less room! More equipment are being fitted into newer cars, giving less space for spare wheels. For instance, the entertainment kits, air conditioning system, fuel tank placed beneath the booth and batteries (in hybrid cars) all require space. Hence, most car makers opt to replace spare wheels with repair kits.
Spare Wheels Vs. Repair Kits
Many drivers still love the idea of using a spare wheel rather than a repair kit even though it costs them minor delays in travel time. Drivers who prefer the use of spare wheels do so with the conception that they can continue their journeys smoothly after the slight interruption. But, is this always the case? A leading manufacturer of tyre asserts that 70% of spare wheels only, are fitted properly when used. This means that drivers don't always get the smooth ride they desire after changing wheels.
How does the car repair kit compare with all these? The repair kit uses a sealant, which plugs into a punctured hole when pressurized and runs off the power outlet (12V) of the car. It occupies less space when compared to the use of spare wheels and weighs less (about half a car battery's size and a fraction of the 20 kg weighed by a spare tyre). They offer temporary fixes on a tyre with about four to five punctures and enables movement for up to 400 miles, which should take you to a more comfortable location without soiling your hands while trying to change your tyre.
As with almost everything, there is a downside to the use of tyre repair kits. It doesn't work all the time. In every five deflated tyres, one falls short. This is likely to occur when a tyre's sidewall is significantly damaged or there is a blow out. A repair kit doesn't work in such cases.
Both forms are valuable. The debate will keep lingering regarding which is better, the repair kits or spare wheels but right now, the choice really depends on what is convenient for you.