Kids born today will not know what a “spare tire” is. Not the spare tire we have around our bellies, mind you . . . kids today will TOTALLY know what those are . . . but the spare tires in the backs of cars.
More and more models of cars are starting to come without spare tires included in the back . . . instead, they come with sealant repair kits. The latest model to do it is GM’s Chevy Cruze.
Under the federal government’s new mandates to get fuel mileage up, car engineers are doing what they can to cut every possible ounce they can. And spare tires are one of the first things that have gotten the ax.
–By 2025, the Department of Transportation wants average standard fuel economy to be up to 62 miles per gallon. It’s currently 27.5 miles per gallon. And it’s going to take a ton of work to get there . . . the spare tires are just a start.