I saw a half dozen cars on the side of I93 Northbound this morning due to issues with this part of the highway that started yesterday.
My question: if I get an unexpected flat tire and the tire needs replacing, where do I have AAA tow the car to? The dealer (does Herb Chambers in Somerville stock them?) or to my local tire store?
I would not be a bad thing to OWN a spare or two just tires. This way you could be towed to any tire repair shop and hopefully have someone deliver the needed tire to them from your home. This is assuming it's beyond repair. Give smartmadness a call, they usually have some lightly used ones available from folks who upgraded to something other than stock.
I remember seeing about 10 cars lined up with flats along 128 once because of something that was dropped onto the road. Boy did that tie up traffic.
And yes, Herb chambers should have them sitting in stock. But its worth a call now just to be sure.
For those who prefer to carry a spare with them, must also consider the problems or tools they must have to change the tire out on the road. Besides having a jack, it must be something that can fit at the jack point (not specified) under the car (the underside is covered in plastic). You should know where these safe jacking points are and how to fit the jack and make sure it will raise the car sufficiently and safely. (doing it will be a learning experience in itself). Secondly, you'll have to have a wrench and socket that will fit (typical X bar wrenches don't have the 15MM size needed for smart wheel bolts). I'd suggest a 'deepwell' socket and a breaker bar to get enuf clearance/leverage to get to the recessed boltheads. Also keep in mind that there is no alignment pin or studs to hold the rim in place while you aim the bolt into the hole so maybe a long tapered rod might be handy to help align up the rim holes while doing this.