12 Jul 2024
The voice of the independent garage sector

Majority of drivers unwilling to deal with flat tyre

Only 39% of motorists would try to deal with a roadside puncture themselves, according to a new survey of 1,000 drivers undertaken by Apollo Tyres.

Meanwhile. 41% would seek the support of a vehicle breakdown service, while 13% would call on a family member, friend or colleague.

More worryingly, 14% of were not sure if their vehicle had a spare tyre or emergency tyre inflation kit.

44% of motorists aged 45 to 54 would use a spare tyre or inflation kit, as opposed to to 28% of those aged 18 to 24. Looking at the gender split. 59% of men would try doing it themselves, as opposed to 22% of women.

Women are less likely to deal with a puncture themselves in order to continue their journey, with 22% saying they would attempt to use a spare tyre or inflation kit compared to 59% of men.


Commenting on the findings. Yves Pouliquen, Group Head of Sales and Marketing at Apollo Tyres, says: “In some situations it might not be possible for a stranded motorist to contact someone for assistance to deal with a puncture, so it is important that they have the essential knowledge and equipment to continue their journey.”

He added: “Our survey suggests that younger drivers are least likely to tackle a puncture themselves, so it might be very beneficial for guidance to be provided to everyone learning to drive, and for that knowledge to be assessed as part of the test procedure.”

For more information, visit: www.vredestein.co.uk