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Although a rare occurrence a tyre blow out or puncture can be an inconvenience, and many drivers would simply stop and replace the damaged tyre with the spare and carry on their journey. However, this may be a thing of the past as it seems many new cars are now being sent out on the road without any form of spare tyre.
Recent research by a leading online auto magazine has revealed that around a third of new cars do not have this essential safety item.
The survey has found that vehicles from Ford, Honda and Volvo do not have the safety feature fitted as standard. It added that less than one-third of cars come with a full-size replacement, as many offer space-saver wheels which are a fraction of the size.
As a result, it may be that those with a blown-out tyre risk their car insurance policies as the likelihood of an accident could be increased. In addition, these motorists may have to wait at the side of a busy road or on a motorway hard shoulder for roadside assistance to replace the burst tyre, which will put them needlessly in danger.
"If there is no alternative, motorway drivers have to wait on the hard shoulder for a replacement - one of the most dangerous places to be," said the editor of the magazine.