Forty-one percent of drivers got a flat tire in the last 12 months

Forty-one percent of drivers got a flat tire in the last 12 months

Over a quarter (28%) of drivers opted to change the flat themselves, and 24% called roadside assistance. 

Hankook Tire’s latest Gauge Index recently found that 41% of drivers have experienced a flat tire or tire blowout in the last 12 months. Another 29% have discovered a puncture or leak. The Gauge Index found that one-third (32%) of drivers who experienced a flat tire in the last year said the primary cause was a nail, which was the No. 1 culprit. 

Here’s what else the data said:

  • Over a quarter (28%) of drivers opted to change the flat tire themselves. However, a quarter (24%) called roadside assistance. 
  • Among GenZers who have experienced a flat tire, 45% are more likely to call roadside assistance (29%) than change it themselves. Meanwhile, Millennials were most likely to do it themselves (37%).
  • Most drivers believe potholes or road debris (48%) or aging tires (31%) are the main cause of blowouts.
  • Half (50%) of drivers say they aren’t familiar with run-flat tires. 

The Hankook Gauge Index is a survey of Americans’ attitudes and opinions about driving, the company said. The latest survey, conducted March 13-14, polled 1,012 randomly selected Americans age 18 and older.

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