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Sunraysia Daily Saturday, May 27, 2017
I STILL continue to hear criticism of
spacesaver spare wheels from many people.
Much of it is unjustified and ill-considered in
Spacesaver wheel/tyre combinations are
significantly narrower and slightly smaller
in diameter than standard units. Their main
reason for existing is to give more room in the
This is firstly, because of the increasingly
large tyres being fitted to modern cars and
secondly because, as people move down
to smaller cars to save fuel and reduce
emissions, they like to retain as much interior
space as possible.
Spacesaver wheels also reduce weight
which will have some impact on performance,
fuel consumption and emissions. The
differences will be minimal, but with over 70
million new cars going onto the planet’s roads
every year the total saving is worth having.
The disadvantages of space-savers is that
they are often speed limited to something like
80 km/h and are restricted in the distance they
can travel. This can vary quite a bit, but 250
kilometres is probably the most common.
Those who dislike space-savers say they
are not suited to Australia due to the vast
distances travelled in our continent. True, but
the reality is that Australia is one the most
urbanised country on the face of the planet
and many seldom drive more than a few
dozen kilometres from home.
Only a tiny percentage of people will ever
find themselves in the remote outback in an
area that’s 250 km from the nearest service
station or tyre retailer. In the meantime the
other ninety-nine-point-something per cent
of us are running around in cars with a huge
spare tyre that may never be used.
There are other advantages in having a
spacesaver. Human nature means that if a
full-size spare has been fitted to replace a
punctured one, the flat tyre often stays in the
boot indefinitely. Get another flat and you are
Spacesaver wheels are coloured bright
yellow or orange to remind the driver they
are fitted to the car and that the flat full-sized
tyre should be repaired and put back onto the
vehicle as soon as possible.
There are a lot of cars out there with bald,
partly deflated spare tyres in the boot. Usually
because someone on a tight budget has
decided to use the spare on the car instead of
buying a new one.
Or because their car is being sold or traded
so the owner has swapped the tyres around to
put the best looking ones on road.
So have a serious think about your driving
habits before deciding between a full-size or
space-saver wheel. But have a look in the boot
of your potential new car first, because some
daft designers have come up with the idea of
having a full-sized wheel well with a space-
saver sitting in it. Thus no space saving.
The argument is that you need somewhere
to keep a flat full-sized tyre. My counter
argument is why not have a plastic bag in
which to keep the flat tyre and simply store it
in the boot – as a reminder to get it fixed as
soon as possible.
Considering space saving spares
Smaller is usually better in the
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