Gee...this happened to be the second time I suffer a flat tire early in the morning. Thought I noticed a tendency for the car to veer slightly to the left while on the road home last night, but I forgot about it when I arrived. That's normal. Lucky thing, I noticed it before I backed it out of the porch this morning.
So, what did I do? I switched on the lights in the car porch and got out my jack. Then I realized I had to install the spare into the rear wheel first before I transfer the rear tire to the front. The flat was on the front left. The spare for the Myvi is made smaller to fit into the bottom of the boot. That kitchy-pie thing is only suitable for the rear wheel because of its smaller width and higher inflation pressure. Fixing it on the front wheel would make driving at normal speeds dangerous. That's what the Myvi manual says. And that means a double job, and also double the time to fix it. And normal speed means at least 110kph on the highway. I wasn't about to take that risk. Besides, two other lives are involved.
The last time I had a flat tire on the Iswara, I changed it in five minutes. That was my personal record. But this one looked like it might take a little too long. And it's almost our 'departure' time of 7.00am. Meanwhile, my carpool gang had just arrived, so in order not to be late for work, I went for the 2nd option. Get a replacement driver. Postpone solving the problem till after work.
If there's another good thing about our carpooling, this is it. This is on top of the RM300 each of us has saved every month since 1995 (we had 4 partners then). Less a few cars on the road, less 13 liters of fossil fuel being burnt daily and 2 guys relaxing with the non-stop music while the driver for the day tackles the crazy traffic (especially Monday mornings & Friday evenings).
Try carpooling, folks.
My word, I sound like the gomen network TV. LOL.