So yesterday I used the tyre repair/inflation kit that comes with the car, instead of a spare tyre. It got the tyre sound eough to do for a couple of hundred miles, provided I didn't go over 50. I drove to Kwik Fit in Norwich, as they do all the work for the motability cars. The cruise control was useful again here, as I could set it at just over 40 on the main road, and then stay at that speed without risk of the speed creeping up unintentionally on a fast road. When the bloke at Kwik Fit got the wheel off to chane the tyre, he found that I'd dented the wheel rim so much that the whole wheel needed to be replaced. Fortunately the Ford dealer is close to that branch of Kwit Fit. K-F man put the wheel back on and pumped up the tyre some more and I went round to Ford, getting in just before they closed. The dealer there has put in a request to motability, who have to authorize the new wheel before I can get it. All the cost of tyre and wheel replacement is included in my motability deal, so I shouldn't have to shell out any extra cash. When I get the word from the Ford dealer, I got pick up the wheel from him, take it to Kwik-Fit who will put a new tyre on and install it all on the car.
Driving back from Norwich yesterday was an adventure. It wasn't just raining, it was more of a cloudburst. There was no danger of exceeding 50 miles an hour, as most of the time, 30 was quite fast enough. Huge sheets of water on the road were thrown up in spray by cars and any pedestrians would have been soaked - even worse than just from the rain. You could feel the difference in the car's handling as you went through the water. It was coming darned close to aquaplaning at times. With, of course, rather limited visibility. Fortunately, it looks a bit nicer today.