The advantage of tire repair kits over other solutions (part 1)
Our tire repair kits were created in response to the trend observed in the automotive industry of maximizing the weight reduction of vehicles in order to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide emitted into the environment. In line with this trend, car manufacturers have been trying to eliminate unnecessary components from standard car equipment, one those being the spare tire.
The spare tire weighs at least a dozen kilograms, takes up a lot of space in the trunk, and in the event of a flat presents a difficult task of changing to a spare. It requires the use of additional tools, involves considerable physical effort (especially in the case of screws locked up due to dirt or lack of prior loosening, e.g. from the moment of purchase). In addition, this situation also usually leads to soiled clothing and soiled car interiors.
The spare tire is one of the elements of a car’s equipment that is recognized by manufacturers as unnecessary. A full-size spare tire weighs from 12 to even 30 kg (in SUVs). In addition, the weight of the set of tools needed to change the tire should be added (jack, wrenches, etc.). Therefore, car companies, having at their disposal alternative products for their use, have given up the spare tire to decrease the weight of their vehicles. This tendency is confirmed, among others, by the growing sales of Aircom products year on year.
The rationale for eliminating the spare tire from a car’s standard equipment is, among others:
- improving the quality of tire use due to the development in production technology and the use of innovative materials,
- modern solutions such as TPMS increasing the awareness of car owners in maintaining proper tire pressure – in the case of a sudden pressure drop, tire leaks can appear and fuel consumption can be affected (poorly inflated tires increase fuel usage)
- lack of certainty that a spare tire can be used in case of tire damage due to, among others: low pressure in unused tire, no possibility to unscrew the bolts in the tire using standard tools from the attached set, or lack of tools.
In typical tire damage, car tire repair kits, weighing nearly 10 times less than traditional spare tires and tools, are the most advantageous alternative for car companies and their clients. The kit consists of a sealant bottle and compressor to pump up the tire. The kits are lighter, easier to use, and more practical from the point of view of vehicle users, i.e. both by men and women, especially in built-up areas. Another important factor which makes our kits so appealing is that many users simply lack the skills and knowledge to change the damaged tire to the spare.