It was cold enough, Embarrass, MN was in the news again. 36 below zero. Here, it was a balmy 8 below when I left for work. With a front tire low on air. It'll be fine, sez me.
At noon, a co worker said it was sitting on the rim. You lie, I say. I drive it, really low, and really slowly the two blocks to the filling station to get some air. But GET THIS.
The air is so dense at that temperature, it won't go into the tire. I waited and waited, and nothing. So I call AAA. Not only did my policy lapse, but it's a four hour wait.
So the guy finally gets there after I re-up, and puts on the birthing ring they call a spare these days. Then I drive to the tire store to have my own tire put back on. Only to find out I shredded it driving on it in the cold while it was flat. So new tire, plus the AAA charge. And another three hours, and they tell me they broke the lug nuts getting the tire off. Because it's so cold I guess even metal is brittle.
Two day wait for the lug nuts. I guess I need special ones flown in from Germany. Meantime I say just put anything on so I can drive the damn thing. Anyway, I'm home now, icing my back. Because I wrenched it crawling on the concrete. And ice is just what I needed more of.
Lesson learned: Fill your damn tires when it's above zero. Also, a cold weather emergency kit can be a life saver. I had a blanket and a heater in the car and was never cold. It could have been a real disaster.