Changing the tires can be annoying and a bit dangerous if you are on the motorway or on A-roads, but if you have the dog with you in the boot, things get even more complicated.
Since we got Festus, nearly 10 years ago, we hoped we’ll never have a tire blowing up while he is with us. But, last weekend, this is what happened.
The tyre didn’t blow up, luckily, but it managed to get like this while we were at 70mph on a dual carriageway. My husband pulled on a side and had a look.
This is what my husband saw, while we were parked on the carriageway. It was clear we had to leave the carriageway and get into a better location. He drove at a very low speed and nothing else got damaged. It is not exactly advisable to drive at a low speed on a dual carriageway, especially when not everybody is driving great. Amazingly, despite us having the hazard warning lights on, a couple of drivers were driving after us, despite the other lane being clear. How do some people get a driving licence is beyond me. Also, I wouldn’t want to be next to them in a situation when they have to respond fast to something happening on the road.
We found a perfect place where to change the tyre. Firstly, those polls were great for leaving Festus there. I’ve put his travelling water bowl, so he could have a drink.
The cage was out of the car. As you can see, it’s quite big, barely fits in the boot. It is for two dogs, but Festus needs his space. Some might even argue that he is as big as two dogs anyway.
Festus had a picnic as well. He had to be way off the tires because, as a puppy, he had a small tyre he would play with.
If you watch F1, a few years ago something like this happened to Vettel. Actually, it happened a few times, in Belgium 2015 to Vettel, in 2016 at the Austrian GP, and at Silverstone 2017 both him and Raikkonen had their tires blow-up in the last few laps. All those tires are Pirelli and so are ours. Of course, I’m a Bridgestone fan from the Ferrari and Schumacher days, in early 2000s. This topic, the tyre choice, is widely discussed in our house, as one can imagine.
Changing the tires is not easy when you have a bid dog with you, in a big cage, and the spare tyre is underneath it all. But it does make for a fun story though.
Do you have any funny stories about changing the tires to your car? I’d love to know them, so please share in the comments.