On my way home from golf yesterday afternoon, I had a puncture, caught something sharp in the gutter as I was pulling up at a pillar box to post a letter.
I could see at once I'd need a new tyre. I considered calling out the LV emergency service, but didn't want to hang around waiting for them in case my wife needed something, I don't like to leave her for too long. So I changed it myself.
Took about ten minutes or so. Luckily it was the nearside front, so I could do it from the pavement as it was a busy main road.
Didn't think much about it, as although with 4X4s the wheels and tyres are heavy, but I didn't even have a problem lifting the faulty one back up, supporting the weight whilst I lined up the holes in the wheel with the studs of its carrier on the back door, which can be a bit tricky as it's hard to see what you are doing.
I would have put it in the boot, but it was full, with my electric golf trolley and big tour bag and I wasn't sure I could get a replacement the same day, so it'd have to come out again, if I couldn't.
Drove down to Quick-Fit and got them to replace the tyre, negotiated the price for a new Goodyear down from £135 to £95 including fitting and balancing. They did a good job swopping the repaired one for the spare I'd put on the front.
It only took about twenty minutes.
Whilst I was waiting I was chatting to the manager when the phone went. He had it on speaker. The voice on the other end of the phone was obviously a youngish person.
"How much will you charge to rotate the wheels on my car?"
(some people like to swop the fronts with the rear ones to even out tyre wear, it's not always recommended on some cars).
"Sorry, sir we don't offer that sort of service."
Then can you give me the phone number of a place which will?" (said indignantly)
"Sorry sir, I don't know any tyre fitting firm that will do that for you."
"Why not? I can hardly be expected to change them round myself!"
The phone was slammed down at the other end.
If I felt mine needed doing, I'd have no bother doing it myself, it's not that difficult and could hardly be called a job where much of an effort is needed.
I'm nearer 80 than 70.