RAC calls on Michelin as spare wheel numbers drop


Leading tyre manufacturer Michelin has seen increased demand for tyre technician courses because of the rise in the number of cars fitted without spare wheels.

With 50 per cent of new cars replacing spare wheels with do-it-yourself repair kits*, the RAC launched its mobile tyre fitting service earlier this year across 10 key urban areas.

The RAC expects to deal with 120,000 ‘puncture no spare’ breakdowns in 2014 – and it called on Michelin experts to train its new crews.

The Michelin Training Centre in Stoke-on-Trent tailor-made a course for the RAC to make sure its mobile tyre technicians can deal with roadside tyre problems efficiently and safely.

Attendees spent three full days studying subjects such as tyre construction, advanced fitting techniques and roadside safety.

Carl Williams, Michelin Training Centre manager, said: “Michelin has several courses aimed at tyre technicians, but we developed this one for the specific needs of the RAC. There’s no doubt these skills are in growing demand as manufacturers ditch spare tyres to help reduce weight and hit emissions thresholds.

“The RAC believes a lot of motorists would rather replace a tyre than use the repair kits often supplied these days, and that’s what’s prompted them to launch this service.

“We’re pleased they took advantage of Michelin’s expertise. Premium tyres contain a lot of cutting-edge technology and a thorough understanding of how tyres are built, how they perform and how to repair or replace them effectively and safely is critical if technicians want to deliver first-class service.”

The Michelin Training Centre has been training people from across the world for more than 25 years. It offers a comprehensive portfolio of more than 100 courses, from tyre fitting to more technical courses as well as sales training and field-based staff and management development courses.

Customers using the Michelin Training Centre include the emergency services, the armed forces, tyre retailers and wholesalers, car dealerships and service centres.