A Car With Four Temporary Spare TiresPosted: April 25, 2012
It is elusive prey. Something you don’t run across every day. Against all common sense, it is elusive because of its lack of speed. It is…the car with four temporary spare tires.
Back in the time that we’ll call forever ago, cars came with four tires and a spare tire. This fifth tire was the same as the others, it just lived in the trunk until we needed it.
Now cars come with an emergency spare tire. It is smaller and designed to allow the vehicle to be moved short distances. The smaller tire saves weight and space while allowing us to get the car to a repair shop.
Until today, I thought I would never see a car with four of these tires. Wrong. Today, I saw that elusive vehicle.
Slow, Yet Impractical
Why would anyone do this? No car has more than one of these tires as standard equipment. You’d have to go around borrowing them from friends who feel confident they will not get a flat. This seems to be a lot more work than just going to buy new tires.
Then there is the speed factor. You’re not supposed to exceed fifty miles per hour with one of these tires on your car. If that is the case, it follows that for each one of these tires put on the same car, you must drive proportionately slower.
So, if you have two little spares you’ve got to drive twice as slow. The driver of the car with four little spares has to drive four times as slow. This little word problem – exactly what four times as slow means – is the key to why seeing a car with four spares is so rare.
We have to slow down to fifty miles per hour from whatever speed we were driving before we put the little spare on. But we don’t know how fast you or I were driving, so the math gets really challenging.
Here Is Why You Should Never Put Four Spares On Your Car
If you divide “I don’t know how fast” by four, you get a speed that is infinitely slow. This speed is so slow that the car goes backward. Backward in time. Back, back, back until it reaches the point in time when the car did not exist.
At that point, your car which before was just broken down, now never existed. With no car, you’ll have to walk everywhere because you were too lazy to go buy new tires.
Serves you right.
I mean, assuming you are the hypothetical person who put four spares on your car, which you aren’t. Hypothetical people don’t read.