Space saver tyres are not convenient for motorists

Let’s talk tyres for a minute, or more specifically the recent trend towards space saver tyres and the problems they cause car owners.

Recently, in the heavy rains I unfortunately blew a tyre at 40kmh in a huge pothole that was filled with rain and I simply didn’t see it.

Roadside assistance came and swapped the tyre for the space saver spare. It was here that the problems of such spare tyres first became apparent. By definition space saver tyres are small and save space. So the flat tyre wouldn’t fit into the space under the boot floor. So where does it go.


If I had a boot full of luggage I would have had absolutely no where to put the tyre to drive home

The second issue is that space saver tyres are limited to 80 kmh and a long story short a trip down the freeway in the torrential rain at 80 kmh followed with all the safety issues of a space saver not being effective in rainy situations as well as the speed differential between myself and trucks that kept approaching fast on my tail.

So as consumer I say NO to space saver tyres as the only benefit is to manufacturers. A spare tyre is like insurance, you hope you never need it but when you do you want the best.

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Rob Fraser – General dogsbody & Director Rob is the founder of the business. He constantly mutters something about way too many red wines one evening being to blame. Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive. He first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then. In addition to 4WD he is an avid motoring enthusiast and has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since his teens. He has owned way too many cars in his time as well. Having previously lived at the top of corporate life he retired in 2000 and hasn’t put a suit and tie on since. Cars are his passion so why not have a business doing what you love he figures. He has towed either a caravan or camper trailer to most parts of Australia, has run guided tours for camper trailers’ and instructed drivers in off road towing.