The study, which polled 1,000 drivers, found that only 39% of respondents would utilize the spare tyre or inflation kit provided with their vehicle. In contrast, 41% said they would prefer to call a vehicle breakdown service for assistance, while 13% would seek help from a family member, friend, or colleague.
Interestingly, 14% of those surveyed admitted to being unaware of whether their vehicle was equipped with a spare tyre or emergency tyre inflation kit.
The survey also highlighted that older drivers are more likely to take on a tyre repair themselves. Among respondents aged 45 to 54, 44% would opt for the spare tyre or inflation kit, compared to just 28% of those aged 18 to 24. Additionally, the study revealed that women are less inclined to handle a puncture independently in order to continue their journey, with only 22% stating they would attempt to use a spare tyre or inflation kit, in contrast to 59% of men.
Apollo Tyres, the manufacturer of Vredestein premium tyres for passenger cars in Europe, emphasizes the incorporation of multiple layers of reinforced materials in their products, which enhance resistance against cuts and sharp object penetration.
Yves Pouliquen, Group Head of Sales and Marketing at Apollo Tyres, comments on the findings, stating, “There may be situations where stranded motorists are unable to seek assistance for a puncture, making it crucial for them to possess the necessary knowledge and equipment to continue their journey. Our survey suggests that younger drivers are less likely to handle a puncture themselves, so it would be highly beneficial to provide guidance to all individuals learning to drive, and for this knowledge to be evaluated as part of the testing process.”