"Nobody needs to carry a spare tire these days"
Friend of mine with a Boxter S ran over something on the I-90 freeway in the middle of eastern Washington, and it tore a hole in the sidewall. So long tire, no fixing that. He did have a space saver spare, otherwise he would have been screwed by the side of the road. He did find out that the size tire he needed was not available within a couple off hundred miles. Could have had one shipped to him, but that would have meant he would've had to spend a night or two waiting for the shipment. So, he limped home 200 hundred miles at ~50 mph, but at least he had a spare.
I once checked the air pressure in the tires of one of our Alfas I was going to take on a trip, just before we left. Got a couple of hundred miles down the road, and tire went pretty flat, leaving us by the side of the road in the mountains. The air evidently leaked out of the schrader valve because dirt or something may have gotten into the valve and let it leak. Good thing we had a spare, otherwise we would have had to wait in the boonies for someone to drive by (as we had to when the 91S idler pulley bearing blew up in Nowhere, Wyoming).
Also, on one of our trips through Wyoming, we hit a pothole in the I-80 freeway (pavement damaged by all the truck traffic. We were doing about 80 mph, and it was a pretty big impact. Steering wheel ended up shaking a lot, so limped to the nearest town. Checked the wheel and tire at the nearest Discount Tire store, and found out that not only was the wheel bent, the tire had a huge bulge on the inside sidewall, evidently from broken cords. Nice to have a spare (the store didn't have a tire in our size at all).
So, yes, modern tires are well designed and pretty strong, but stuff still happens, so I would say that unless you spend all your driving in the city or suburbs, spares of some sort are still handy.
1989 Milano, Shankle Sport
1991 164S, stock
1994 164LS (~Q)
1972 Morgan 27
previously owned since 1964:
62 Morris MiniMinor 850, 67 Austin 1275 Cooper S (Downton 3/4 race), 64 Giulia Sprint GT (1st red one made), 72 Fiat 128 Sedan, 75 Alfetta Sedan, 78 Alfetta Sedan, 78 GTV, 81 GTV6, 86 GTV6
Last edited by Del; 12-06-2017 at 11:34 AM.