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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Spare tires should be mandatory

Serious tire damage leads to hefty tow and repair bills these days, says letter writer
More vehicles should be equipped with a spare tire so motorists can self-rescue, says letter writer. (Stock photo)

To the editor,

Re: No time like the present to equip your vehicle with an emergency kit, Nov. 17

Sound advice. Unfortunately most of today’s cars don’t have a spare, so the jack, wrench and other items to replace a flat tire are useless. Today if you have serious tire damage what you need is a cell phone and a lot of money because you will have to be rescued on a flatbed. Your broken-down vehicle could also be a roadside hazard. On some limited-access highways in Canada you can be charged with careless driving if you run out of gas, thereby creating a hazard. For the same reason shouldn’t spare tires be mandatory so drivers can quickly self-rescue?

S.I. Petersen, Nanaimo

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