SPARE THOUGHTS

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I’ve had a few flat tyres over time; some­times they just hap­pen ran­domly, though in my case, some­times not. Hav­ing gone through the in­con­ve­nience of chang­ing to the spare wheel, there has al­ways been the gnaw­ing thought of another un­fore­seen flat be­fore the in­ca­pac­i­tated wheel could be fixed, slow­ing me down.

So why this thought­less whinge­ing about the in­con­ve­nience of hav­ing to drive safely on a space-saver at 80km/h for a few kilo­me­tres or even a few hours when driv­ing on a full­size spare sud­denly ne­ces­si­tates ex­tra cau­tion? Un­less ve­hi­cles were al­ready car­ry­ing two full­size spares, I’d even say two space savers in the place of a sin­gle full-size spare is a less wor­ri­some thought in the case of a flat far away from help. Elar­dus Mare, Water­ford, WA

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