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No Spare Tire? No Problem!

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If you bought a new car recently, you might have been bewildered by the lack of a spare tire. Over the past 10 years, the inclusion of full-size spare tires in new vehicles has decreased nearly 50 percent. Here's how to make sure a flat doesn't leave you stranded.

Stick Figures

Time was, most Americans could drive a "four on the floor." Now, not so much

<4% Sales of new vehicles with a manual transmission in the U.S.

43% Decline in number of vehicles offered with a manual transmission option in the U.S. since 2006

47% Vehicles manufactured with a manual transmission globally

Upgrade to a run-flat tire

Run-flats work like standard tires but will survive a puncture for a short period and at a reduced speed. You can find them from about $80 to more than $600 apiece, depending on the tire you need.

Keep a tire repair kit in your car

Repair kits, which patch a small hole to keep a tire inflated, are found more commonly in cars lacking a spare. A can of sealer costs around $10, and full kits, which have an air compressor to inflate the tire, cost $20 to $80.

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