ranss12 wrote:I used to think that the car companies were just being cheap by supplying only the space saver spares, but I've rethought the issue. It has been over 30 years since I've needed a spare, and I drive over 25,000 miles a year. To me, they are just added cost and weight, and I don't miss the lack of a spare in the LEAF at all.
If you live in an area where telephonic (whether landline or cellular) contact to roadside assistance is feasible, then you won't necessarily need a spare. But even then, you could be experiencing long delays if the weather is bad. Another member mentioned that during the recent Texas ice storm, he experienced a long delay in just getting an ambulance, so you can imagine how long a tow truck will show up given the increases in car accidents and dead batteries.
These issues all revolve around how much faith you put in other people serving you on demand when your choices are limited. Many folks are happy to make little preparation for adverse conditions in life, and are happy to just dial 911 or an 800 number when something bad happens. When the crap really hits the fan, it doesn't dawn on them that they just might have to rely on themselves. What if your mobile phone didn't work?
I needed a tow truck for my car last winter, and because there was a snow storm (in San Diego county, California), the tow truck didn't show for about 5 hours while I sat and froze in the cold. If we had an earthquake, I would imagine worse results.
Flat tires are common, whether you individually have had a flat tire or not. I personally don't want to rely (or even wait) for somebody to change my tire. That's different than somebody who physically can't change a tire.
There's no reason that Nissan can't make the spare tire optional here in the USA, since it's already offered on the car elsewhere.