I hadn't had a flat tire in more than 15 years, and had forgotten how much fun it could be. By the time I noticed the tire was low it was too late. I was stuck on the roadside. There was a much more suitable area to change the tire just a short distance away, but driving there on the completely flat tire was more abusive to the car than I thought. So, it's dry and sunny, and I'm on the shoulder of a county road in the middle of farm land. This was a blessing, considering that a flat tire could happen anywhere, in any weather. Accessing the spare tire from the trunk proved to be battle enough. In the rain, or in view of unfriendly onlookers it would have been ugly. I had to move much of the trunks contents into the back seat. This left me feeling vulnerable and exposed. Axe, rifles, blowgun (ouch!), ammo cans, sleeping bag, tent... loads of stuff was in the way, preventing me access to the spare tire, trapped under the trunk floor. Everything out, it's now in a heap, under a blanket in the back of the car. At least it's secure, dry, and out of view. And the spare is... flat. It was a Sunday morning, so I called #1 Son to come rescue me. We almost burned the little 12V compressor down trying to get anywhere near 60PSI in the space saver spare, but ever so slowly it worked. This gave me time to get some oil on the tire too/lug wrench, since it was rusted solid at a 90 degree angle. Functional, but painfully slow. While we were standing around waiting on the compressor and wondering what else could go wrong, I found that the full size flat tire wouldn't fit in the trunk. We were exposed for an uncomfortably long time, all of which would have been avoided if I'd checked the air in the spare tire ... ever. Two flats later. Lessons learned. Hurricane Florence, and the continuing recovery around here has left our roads littered with debris, and I've caught two more punctures since the storm. Compared to the first, they were almost uneventful. My spare never went back in the trunk. If I had a normal car it would be stood up and wedged behind the drivers seat. Since I use my cars as work vehicles they're all two-seaters. I pull the rear seat bottom cushion out and have more space where it had been, to place the spare. I need to secure lots of potentially flying junk in the car with me and may utilize the rear seats ratcheting "child seat" function to retain the spare tire in an upright position against the seat back. (Everything in the back seat stays covered with a heavy blanket) The jack, kept fully lowered, where the car will be with a flat tire, and the other tire tools slide under the passenger seat. (this may not be possible on newer cars) the factory tire lug wrench leaves much to be desired, but with some duct tape to silence its rattling inner handle and kept well oiled and pivoting freely, it works okay. Leather gloves are always available with the tire change tools. Now I can exit the car with jack and lug wrench in hand, keep the car locked as I loosen the lug nuts and jack the car up, unlock only the drivers side to swap the flat for the spare and then lock it back up again. No need to expose what I have in the trunk, taking my eyes off my surroundings as I dig out the spare and tools, and since even the doors are only opened briefly, I could do this without getting my gear soaked in the rain. The narrow space saver spares aren't ideal, but they beat walking. With the condition of the roads around here lately I'm considering a second one. When was the last time you checked the air in your spare tire?