By Carlton Boyce in Saga Magazine.
New cars used to come with a proper, full-size spare wheel, so when you got a flat tyre, you could pop it on and carry on as normal until you could get the puncture repaired at your leisure.
Then came the ‘space saver’ wheel, a smaller version of the wheels and tyres fitted to your car.
Ostensibly brought in to liberate more space in your boot, the space saver was also usefully cheaper than having to provide a proper spare, a detail that didn’t escape the manufacturers’ attention.
Having said that, at least you were still self-reliant and could keep mobile, even if you had to continue at a much reduced speed (as a limit of 50 mph is often imposed when you are using them).
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