Punctures are nothing new, of course. But what is new is that the vast majority of cars sold in the UK since 2012 do not have a spare wheel fitted. On some cars it’s a costly option, but on many, you’re left with a can of foam and a great deal of hope to get you home. Fine if you’re dealing with a simple nail in the middle of the tyre, but if it’s sidewall or rim damage that’s caused your deflation, it’s the recovery service for you, I’m afraid. Road Hero is one solution.
Each Road Hero Kit is tailored for your car, specific to the model, year and body style rather like the manufacturers themselves used to do before the regulations were changed. Inside the smart black bags are everything you’d ever need to swap your punctured wheel and be on your way in just a few minutes. And we all know that punctures only occur when you’re already running late, right? Or when it’s raining. These are the golden rules of breakdowns.
It’s not just the spare wheel, jack and brace that you might rightly expect, though. Also included are a warning triangle, hi-vis vest, head torch, rain poncho, kneeling mat and even heavy-duty gloves. So, if you find yourself dressed in your Sunday best in a deluge (the other rule of breakdowns) you’ve got every chance of staying clean whilst being seen.
The spare wheel itself is of the alloy ‘space saver’ type. Not only light in weight and easy to handle, but also compact in size, taking the absolute minimum amount of boot space. The tyres fitted are good for 50 miles at a top speed of 80 km/h. Enough to get you, unflustered, to your destination– or safely back to your tyre fitter or dealer for a more permanent solution whenever you’re ready
Pitched for family holidays, professional and taxi drivers, touring holidays, the Road Hero spare wheel solution is billed as “the best accessory you’ve ever bought for your car”.
Prices start from £200 for the complete kit.