To spare or not to spare.
If that's the question for modern automobile designers, whether to include a spare tire or save on weight and packaging, I want a vote.
My 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco doesn't have even a mini-spare, just a can of goo.
And in a perfect storm of Houston freeways, monsoon rains, local flooding and a 5-inch-long chunk of aluminum pipe, goo won't do. It's a recipe for a five-hour delay, which seems like forever to an old dude used to changing his own tires and being back on the road in 20 minutes.
The blowout that stranded my wife, Kathryn, our daughter Rebecca and me came during a deluge July 12.
I know the debate on the spare/no-spare trade-offs. I've heard other motorist dinosaurs my age loudly proclaim, "I'd never own a vehicle that didn't have a full-sized spare."
Consider me a semi-dinosaur. I'm fine with a doughnut spare, good for 50 miles or so. And over the years living in the States and in Germany, I've used one five times. Especially as I age, it's easier to change than a full-sized spare. And I prefer the extra trunk space that comes with the tiny spare.