Drivers not prepared for punctures
A new survey has revealed that an alarmingly high number of drivers are not adequately prepared for the possibility of getting a flat tyre.
The research, undertaken by Kwik Fit, showed that around 26% of motorists get a puncture every year but 36% of the 2,027 people questioned confessed that they wouldn't have a clue what to do in the event of such a mechanical breakdown, despite having the necessary tools on board.
A tenth of the respondents who did have a spare tyre in their car did not have the equipment needed to fit it and Roger Griggs, Kwik Fit's communications director, is concerned by the findings.
"It's worrying how many drivers don't know what provision they have for a puncture, but it's even more of a concern to see how many have absolutely nothing in their car to deal with a deflated tyre," he said.
Perhaps even more worryingly, as many as 4% of everyone involved in the poll admitted that they didn't even know if they had a spare tyre and 10% said they were not at all sure what type of tyre their spare was.
published: 02/05/2012 10:10:35