Hey all, Liam here again with a special “leap day” post for you on my blog. A couple of weeks ago, the low tire pressure light of my car’s dashboard was flashing. I mentioned it to my neighbor, Gary, who also happens to be a mechanic, since he was outside at the time too. He told me he had an air compressor I could borrow to fill it. It sounded better than driving to a gas station that had an air pump, so I readily agreed. He went to fetch it out of the back of his truck, then brought it over to my car and we plugged it in to the car outlet. It didn’t take very long before my tire was back to normal. It was a big relief, because I have a Cadillac and for some reason, this model does not come with a spare. If I get a flat, I need to call for roadside assistance or patch it myself!
With this in the back of my brain, though, I started to get a little paranoid. What if there’s a tiny hole in the tire and this happens again, but this time I’m out on the road somewhere and not near a gas station – or for that matter, Gary? Maybe I needed one of these things myself, even if only for peace of mind. I don’t want to be out on the side of the road breathing in gasoline fumes, exacerbating my asthma, while I wait for somebody to come by and help me. I decided to start looking online and find a good compressor to keep in my car.
There were a few things that I knew I wanted: it had to have a tire adaptor, a hose long enough to reach all four tires easily, an easy-to-read gauge, auto-shutoff, and I didn’t want one so big that it took up the whole trunk. I didn’t want to pay a lot for it, either. I also knew that I wanted a small 12 volt compressor model like my neighbor’s. I liked the fact that Gary’s ran off a car battery. I didn’t want to have to worry about charging it or having to plug it in, as that seemed to defeat the “emergency” part of keeping this thing around. It seemed like a tall order but it wasn’t really. Turns out after reading a bunch of reviews online, I am not the only person that was looking for those exact specifications. Luckily there were some detailed descriptions, and I was able to find the best 12v compressor for me. It does everything I was looking for. The pressure gauge glows in the dark! It even came with an adapter for bicycle tires. Bonus! I ordered it online, along with a tire patch kit, and it came in just a few days.
Everything is safely loaded in the back of my car, after I did a quick run through of the instructions so I am comfortable operating it. Just like I never go anywhere without my rescue inhaler because you never know when something is going to happen, I will always be prepared for a flat tire now!