Spare Tyres and Their Place in Your Fleet
Updated: Aug 20, 2021
When it comes to tyres, sometimes the hidden costs are the biggest. A little bit of insurance can go a long way.
The spare tyre is an essential part of every vehicle, yet one ignored by most people until they really need it. Many drivers might not even know where their spare is, so it is little wonder that there are lots of drivers who fail to look after their spare tyres.
A recent study found that the average motorist takes about five years before deciding to use their spare tyre. This figure is understandably lower for commercial vehicles, because they tend to cover larger distances.
Newer vehicles, especially small vehicles, are sometimes released without a spare tyre. This practice is part of the current trend towards having more efficient vehicles, which sees spare tyres as unnecessary extra weight. To use an analogy, having a spare tyre has been likened to a person carrying around a first aid kit in their pocket every day. However, this is not the best way to think about your spare tyres, especially not when business vehicles are involved.
The importance of spare tyres for businesses
To a business owner, the need for a spare tyre could mean the difference between a botched delivery, and a stitch in time.
Here at Double D Tyreright, we believe that the cost of having a spare tyre is minimal considering the cost you’d have to deal with should one of your sales or delivery vehicles encounter a tyre mishap while en-route.
Tyres can get damaged when you least expect it - especially for trucks making long haul journeys. Having a spare tyre can help avoid unnecessary downtime and expenses.
Could you imagine one of your representatives having to struggle by the side of a highway, or having to push a vehicle with a blown tyre, all the way to the closest servo? Alternative solutions like run-flat tyres, and space saver tyres may come close when there’s a pressing need to replace a punctured tyre, yet they aren’t lasting solutions as they aren't long-term replacements. And if you’ve ever thought of equipping your company vehicles with some sealant and a tyre compressor, do consider if that’s really what you’d like your drivers and sales staff to be focusing on!
Having a spare tyre provides peace of mind
Having a spare tyre is one of those many things that people tend to overthink, yet few solutions provide the same peace of mind that keeping a spare tyre can. And remember to keep your spare tyre roadworthy!
A good spare tyre always pays off for more than the hassle it takes to keep it in the boot. As part of our emphasis at Double D Tyreright on the importance of keeping your spare tyre handy, we never leave out spare tyres when our clients come in for a tyre rotation service.