QOTD: Feeling Deflated?
I blame Chris Tonn for a minor annoyance that befell me the other day. Maybe it was his fault, maybe it was fate. Maybe I jinxed myself.
For reasons immediately lost to the ether, the two of us found ourselves embroiled in a discussion on spare tires. Unlucky when it comes to flats, Chris bemoaned his puncture-filled past as I gloated that, despite years of driving in remote locales, my last flat tire was probably a half-decade ago. Someone or something was listening. Sure enough, just two days later, a rusty nail sliced through my front passenger-side Continental.
He won’t pick up the tab, the jerk. I don’t think I’m being unreasonable here.
Anyway, the embarrassingly narrow factory hoop is back where it should be, all nice and patched, but not until after I swapped it for the full-size spare I keep stashed in the trunk at all times, right next to a GM jack carried over from four sedans ago. This is where having a set of mounted snow tires comes in handy. You know, besides that whole winter thing.
Because factory full-size spares in passenger cars are seen as often as Bigfoot, I don’t leave home without a makeshift one. My last two cars never even emerged from the factory with a space-saver spare, the cheap bastards (or is that me?). Fun fact: the Chevy Cruze only offers a space-saver on LT and higher trims, though the previous-gen Eco (my last car) dropped it for weight-saving reasons. Not having that peace of mind allowed me to sail past the pumps! GM didn’t leave me empty-handed, though — in this car and the last, the factory fixed me up with a product I’d only use if forced: the inflator kit. Never trusted them, and don’t plan on ever using one. It’s no guarantee of a fixed flat, and there could be complications even if it works. (Or so I’ve heard.)
Also, I want the option of driving however far I want, at whatever speed I choose, without having to worry about keeping it below 50 mph until I get the full-sizer patched. And that’s why a good measure of my car’s trunk space is permanently sacrificed by the presence of a worn 205/60 R16 Blizzak. I want there to be a complete solution on hand should I drive over your kid’s toy soldiers.
What I’d like to know today is: how many of you upgraded your flat tire preparations after finding them lacking? Or, like many, is it the last thing on your mind?
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