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A newspaper article discusses that motorists still get flat tires
as much as ever. However, automakers no longer bother including
a spare tire with a new car. Motorists with a flat might need
to be towed.
I read the article and, while interesting, something about it doesn't smell
right. The gist of the article is that the reason they are doing this is
to reduce (infinitesimally) the car's weight so that they can increase
(infinitesimally) their official gas mileage figures. This, in turn, is so
that they can continue to legally sell what (so the article claims) people
really want, which is gas-guzzling trucks and SUVs.
The article states that eliminating the spare tire reduces the weight of
the car by about 30-50 pounds (which is about 1% of the weight of the car)
and that this increases gas mileage by about 1%. So, a car that gets 30
mpg with a spare tire might get 30.3 mpg without it. BFD. It's really
hard to imagine that that delta is going to make or break the
manufacturer's status with the EPA.
It is far more likely, IMHO, that what's really driving this is cost - the
manufacturers just want to save some money by not including the spare.
Note that for this motivation, it does make sense; when it comes to money,
every little bit counts.
This, and the fact that I'll bet nobody knows how to change a tire anymore
- they probably just have their car towed anyway. I'd bet this is the real
OTOH, the article did state that the weight reduction would save you, the
car owner, about 90 (IIRC) gallons of gas a year. Multiply this by
millions of people and now you're talking about hundreds of millions of
gallons of gas (per year) - which seems like a big deal, except when you
realize that the US burns hundreds of millions of gallons of gas *every*
*day*, so again, it is really just a drop in the bucket.
Mike Huckabee has yet to consciously uncouple from Josh Duggar.