1. I had just left the office when I heard a sound coming from outside the car every few seconds. I suspected something was stuck to the car tyre so I made a stop at the closest petrol station I could find.
2. I saw this:
3. I’ve had this before in the past (though not with something this big stuck to the tyre) and figured I should be able get to a workshop back home. I am already on the (tolled) highway anyway.
4. Not too long after I left the petrol station, I felt something was not right. Stopped at the road shoulder and…
5. I have a flat tyre! Ouch… Oh well, time to take out the spare tyre…
6. Turned on the hazard lights. Saw some construction cones and barriers nearby, so used to as a hazard indicator as well. Called back to say I was going to be late. Took out the spare tyre and tools. Jacked up the car. Took out the punctured tyre and replaced it with the spare. Slowly lowered the car. And…
7. Yikes! My spare tyre is flat!
8. I know I check the spare regularly, but each time I checked, the tyre felt hard and solid. Then I realised I should have pressed on the sidewall rather than just pressing on the tyre thread, which is always hard. Pressing on the side walls would have been the better way to check if the tyre was inflated.
9. I started making calls to a few friends asking if they have a portable electric pump — I’ve seen such devices before — just plug into car cigarette lighter and it will inflate the car tyre.
10. A friend said he’ll help me look for one and will update me shortly.
11. But I realised it will take a while and will be quite troublesome since I’m on the tolled highway and it is peak traffic period. It would probably take at least another hour before anyone could reach me.
12. I had other options: I could offer to “buy” someone else’s spare tyre. After all, the car I was driving is a common one in Malaysia.
13. Suddenly, a motorcyclist slowed down and asked if I needed any help. He said he is a workshop foreman.
14. I told him my problem and asked if he happened to have a pump with him.
15. He said “Yes” and took out a… bicycle foot pump??? Seriously?!?
16. Thus began the arduous task of inflating the flat tyres. And yes, it is actually possible.
17. Called friend to let him know everything is good.
18. 20 minutes later, the spare tyre was inflated and seems ready to go.
19. I thanked the motorcyclist and gave him something as a token of appreciation. If it was not for him stopping to check, I would probably still be standing at the road side.
20. Called home to say I’m on my way back…
21. While this seems like an “unlucky” situation, looking back, I think I was actually very lucky because:
* Road upgrades works were going on where I had stopped my car, so I had some cones and barriers I could use.
* There was just enough space to park my car at the road shoulder and not obstruct traffic.
* About 50m ahead, there were no phone network. If I had stopped my car slightly further up, I’d be stuck with no way to make any phone calls.
* I still know how to change car tyre.
* The punctured tyre could still be used (it’s only 2 months old!!!) <-- had someone checked it and told me there's no serious/ permanent damage to the tyre. 17. Lessons learnt: * correct way to check spare tyre. * probably consider getting a foot pump. Yes, this actually works!!! * don't wait. if the place is suitable (petrol station), change the tyre immediately. Note: I am trying out a new style of writing, using numbered points instead of just paragraphs. Got the idea from chedet.cc. What do you think of this style? Easier to read?