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66Mustang66Mustang Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,023 Disability Gamechanger
Just been to hospital and hit some debris on the road

Currently stuck 50 miles from home with a flat tyre and no spare :(

Waiting for RAC to come

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  • Cher_ScopeCher_Scope Posts: 3,927

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    @66Mustang Oh no!  Thank goodness you're a member of the RAC.  Are you safe and have they given you an expected time of arrival?  Sounds like rubbish luck and sending you lots of virtual support  <3  Keep us updated with how you get on.
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  • 66Mustang66Mustang Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,023 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Cher_Scope

    Yes luckily it was my Motability car and it comes with breakdown cover! They should be here within an hour :)

    Thanks for the support :)
  • janer1967janer1967 Member Posts: 11,008 Disability Gamechanger
    Oops not good hope your not waiting too long 

    I just don't understand modern cars not having spares 

    Is there not a cylinder thing in car that inflates it to get you home sorry don't know what they are called 
  • 66Mustang66Mustang Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,023 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @janer1967, yeah we have a can of goo but we are too far from home to drive on it I think so we called them just to be safe
  • MarkN88MarkN88 Member Posts: 1,220 Pioneering
    Hope you don't have a long wait to get the car back up and moving again. 
  • 66Mustang66Mustang Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,023 Disability Gamechanger
    I agree about not having a spare!!
  • 66Mustang66Mustang Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,023 Disability Gamechanger
    MarkN88 said:
    Hope you don't have a long wait to get the car back up and moving again. 
    Thanks :)
  • janer1967janer1967 Member Posts: 11,008 Disability Gamechanger
    I think your supposed to use it to get to nearest tyre place 

    But probably best you called the  breakdown but doubt they have any spare tyres 
  • Sandy_123Sandy_123 Member Posts: 1,533 Pioneering
    Gosh @66Mustang hope you get sorted out soon.
  • woodbinewoodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 4,388 Disability Gamechanger
    Hope they get you back on the road PDQ
    "Putting a child into care, isn't caring for a child" (T.Rhattigan)
  • 66Mustang66Mustang Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,023 Disability Gamechanger
    Thanks everyone for the good wishes 

    We are in a taxi heading home now, not too sure what’s happening with my car but Motability have been really good and I trust they will sort it all :)

    I’ve kind of been put off driving a little bit though as this has hurt my confidence - e.g. what if one day I am able to go out alone and this happens then
  • Sandy_123Sandy_123 Member Posts: 1,533 Pioneering
    Good news @66Mustang the answer to your question is, you will do same as today, its a rare accurance hopefully get your car back soon
  • 66Mustang66Mustang Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,023 Disability Gamechanger
    Back home that was a long day for a hospital trip :D
  • Luna51Luna51 Member Posts: 78 Courageous
    66Mustang said:
    Thanks everyone for the good wishes 

    We are in a taxi heading home now, not too sure what’s happening with my car but Motability have been really good and I trust they will sort it all :)

    I’ve kind of been put off driving a little bit though as this has hurt my confidence - e.g. what if one day I am able to go out alone and this happens then
    And we were only singing the praises of Motability this week!
    Glad you got home okay! 😊
  • Luna51Luna51 Member Posts: 78 Courageous
    66Mustang said:
    Thanks everyone for the good wishes 

    We are in a taxi heading home now, not too sure what’s happening with my car but Motability have been really good and I trust they will sort it all :)

    I’ve kind of been put off driving a little bit though as this has hurt my confidence - e.g. what if one day I am able to go out alone and this happens then
    And we were only singing the praises of Motability this week!
    Glad you got home okay! 😊
  • leeCalleeCal Member Posts: 3,577 Disability Gamechanger
    Glad you got home safe @66Mustang.
  • OverlyAnxiousOverlyAnxious Member Posts: 1,418 Disability Gamechanger
    Bad luck but glad you got home eventually!

    Is there enough room for a space saver spare wheel & jack in the boot of your car?  For around £100 on ebay I'd rather buy one for peace of mind.  I don't think I'd physically be able to jack up a car myself anymore, or lift a wheel, but still keep a spare that could be fitted by recovery or a passer by if needed.  :)
  • 66Mustang66Mustang Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,023 Disability Gamechanger
    Thanks everyone :)

    @OverlyAnxious I did look into getting a spare when I got the car but sadly the boot in the Mini is tiny so wouldn't have room for any luggage/shopping. I think next time I change my car I will be looking to get one with runflats as I had them before and they came in really handy, even if they do affect the ride quality a little bit!
  • lisathomas50lisathomas50 Posts: 4,310 Disability Gamechanger
    They don't give you spare tyres in the new cars you can drive quite a long way with the spray you spray into your tyre I drove 300 miles when my tyre had a puncture the tyre is no good though after you put that spray stuff in 

    Hope you don't have to pay the excess charge 

    I have run flats on my car and my spare is a run flat but I only drive old cars  you can ask for run flat tyres to be put on your mobility car I think you just have to pay the difference that a normal tyre costs 


  • 66Mustang66Mustang Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,023 Disability Gamechanger
    Thanks @lisathomas50

    Didn’t know the spray was good for that far, wow

    Just learned that the RAC man has delivered my car to the tyre shop in my home town, instead of a tyre shop local to where I had the puncture (50 miles away), he has been so helpful 

    Not a bad thing to say about the whole process they have been brilliant :)
  • Ross_ScopeRoss_Scope Posts: 4,097

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    That certainly isn't what somebody should be dealing with on a Friday into Saturday @66Mustang, but I'm glad you appear to be safe and that the RAC were great.
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  • WestHam06WestHam06 Member, Scope Volunteer Posts: 1,354 Pioneering
    Hi @66Mustang,
                               How are you? I just wanted to say that I'm pleased to hear that you got home safely and that Motability have been good :) I can appreciate that you are anxious due to this but as @lisathomas50 has said if this were to happen and you were on your own you would just follow the process that happened today. I appreciate that is easier said than done but try not to worry to much, please can I ask how are you finding the driving impacting on your independence? Thank you.
  • leeCalleeCal Member Posts: 3,577 Disability Gamechanger
    Hurrah for the rescue company @66Mustang 😄
  • 66Mustang66Mustang Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,023 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @WestHam06

    Thanks for the kind words.

    My issue is my Mum who was with me had to phone up the Motability/recovery people and also dealt with the person who arrived to help. I didn't do anything and I don't think I'd be able to do it all by myself. Maybe in time though :)

    Driving impacts massively on my independence. Even though I don't go out alone it is really good to be able to drive my parents to the shops, for example, and feel like I am helping out.

    Thanks :)
  • 66Mustang66Mustang Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,023 Disability Gamechanger
    edited June 19
    @leeCal

    Thanks very much :) yes I very much agree
  • 66Mustang66Mustang Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,023 Disability Gamechanger
    Update

    Just got my car back home all sorted with not 1 but 2 new Michelin tyres on the front!! :smiley:
  • Ross_ScopeRoss_Scope Posts: 4,097

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    Super news @66Mustang :) 
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  • lisathomas50lisathomas50 Posts: 4,310 Disability Gamechanger
    Glad all is sorted now and your car is back  when tyers need changing the thread needs to be the same on either side so they always put two tyres on 

    My cars are my own so if that happened to me I put part worn on as tyres aren't cheap thats the good thing about mobility cars  apart from the payments you make and petrol you put in there are no other worries 

    Glad all is ok @66Mustang
  • 66Mustang66Mustang Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,023 Disability Gamechanger
    I thought that about tyres too but last year I had a tyre changed because it had a gouge out of it and they just replaced the 1 tyre with an identical tyre (Hankook).

    I guess they changed both this time because they only had Michelins in stock so need to keep them both the same brand?

    Very happy with the Michelins though :smiley:
  • leeCalleeCal Member Posts: 3,577 Disability Gamechanger
    Does the RAC membership come free with motability @66Mustang?
  • 66Mustang66Mustang Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,023 Disability Gamechanger
    @leeCal

    Yeah it does. It includes absolutely everything for the car except petrol. It's really a fantastic service, can't fault it one bit.

    If that's not enough they even are refunding £50 (totally unnecessary IMO) because they had less insurance claims due to lockdowns!!
  • leeCalleeCal Member Posts: 3,577 Disability Gamechanger
  • lisathomas50lisathomas50 Posts: 4,310 Disability Gamechanger
    Some mobility cars have AA cover  and there are a couple of others they use 
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  • 66Mustang66Mustang Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,023 Disability Gamechanger
    Haha thanks @bekindalways

    I hope you are doing OK today as well :)
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  • 66Mustang66Mustang Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,023 Disability Gamechanger
    Ha ha good to hear they had a good time
  • 66Mustang66Mustang Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,023 Disability Gamechanger
    @OverlyAnxious

    Just tagging you in as I’m sure you will know the answer!

    On the old - OEM - tyres, my car used to torque steer quite badly under hard acceleration in 1st and 2nd gear but now on these new ones it pulls away really hard, lovely and smoothly - it seems to have made a massive difference. Is this to be expected? Why wouldn’t the manufacturer put the best tyres on originally? I guess their idea of “best” may have been chosen via a different parameter like fuel economy?
  • OverlyAnxiousOverlyAnxious Member Posts: 1,418 Disability Gamechanger
    66Mustang said:
    @OverlyAnxious

    Just tagging you in as I’m sure you will know the answer!

    On the old - OEM - tyres, my car used to torque steer quite badly under hard acceleration in 1st and 2nd gear but now on these new ones it pulls away really hard, lovely and smoothly - it seems to have made a massive difference. Is this to be expected? Why wouldn’t the manufacturer put the best tyres on originally? I guess their idea of “best” may have been chosen via a different parameter like fuel economy?
    Emissions are the main criteria for any manufacturer (closely linked to fuel economy of course), so they generally use low rolling resistance tyres as standard.  They'll also have 2 or 3 variants from different manufacturers depending on supply levels and the best price when ordering.  So even 2 seemingly identical new cars can come with different models of tyre.

    Which model were your original tyres?  I'm guessing the Michelins are Pilot Sport 4 which are highly regarded in the car world.  :)  
  • 66Mustang66Mustang Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,023 Disability Gamechanger
    @OverlyAnxious

    That makes sense, thanks

    The old tyres were Hankook - the new ones are Primacy 3 :)
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