Three times this week I had to put air in two of my tires. I blamed it on the temperature changes. An annoyance really, but a fact of life for season changes. I inspected the tires each time and the looked ok.
Yesterday, I got in my car to go and run some errands with munchkin. The car was driving funny....felt like I had a flat even though I didn't. At this point, I figured that maybe I was a moron and wasn't actually putting the right amount of air in my tires. I remembered my brother telling me that Discount Tire puts air in tires for free. I headed that way and wend inside. After waiting in line, I started with telling the guy that he was not allowed to laugh at me-but I needed air in my tires. He didn't laugh and directed me to where they put in air.
As I went over there, the guy who was putting air in tires pointed out to me that I had FOUR nails in one of the tire, and two in the other. Everytime I had put air in the tires, the part that had the nails had apparantly been on the ground so I could not see the cause.
So, I went back in line, and I got new tires. I could be really, really annoyed that I had to spend several hundred dollars that I did not plan on spending, or I could be relieved.
Relieved that I did not experience a blow out in morning rush hour traffic going 55 miles an hour in bumper to bumper traffic. Where even if I had controlled the blowout, that other drivers could have reacted, or over-reacted causing someone to get hurt. I am very grateful that did not happen, becuase it could easily happen.
So the few hundred dollars for new tires is a very small price to pay for safety.