No, I'm not talking about the three course meal you had tonight (though I do feel rather bloated...), I'm talking about whether or not you have a spare tyre in your car?
I realise that owners of new Fords probably won't because I don't think there is even the facility for one anymore (?), but for owners of older vehicles - do you have one loaded up or go without?
Years ago car manufacturers ALWAYS advised you had a spare tyre and people generally saw them as essential, but these days people seem to think "nah, I'll never get a puncture" and leave the spare in the garage just to save a tiny (and that is all it is) amount of fuel.
I would never be able to relax in a car that didn't have a spare tyre, especially at night!
I'm happy to say the Focus has its spare tyre with jack and wrench in the tyre well so if anything should happen to any of the tyres, I'm covered. Yes the spare is quite bald and scuffed on the inner edge, but it holds air and that's all that matters when you're stuck at the side of the road on a rainy night with a flat and just want to get home!
So, do you risk it or go prepared?
Your car is otherwise legal with the bald spare tyre but -
If you do have a puncture and you put the bald one on - if you get stopped or are unfortunate to have an accident (say someone runs into you) - thats 3 points and a £40 per bald tyre - so if i were you - i would leave that one at home,
The 5-stud 16" (205/55/16) (mondeo mk3/4, Focus mk2 ) weighs 17.4 kgs, with the jack/ brace brings it up to about 20kgs - thats a lot of weight and you will feel it in the car, for handling, accelerating braking, and traction (especially on snow/ ice & mud)
The (5-stud) spacesaver weighs in at 11kgs, personally if i had to carry a spare, i would make it a full size one (for the sake of 6.4kgs - a spacesaver is speed-limited to 50mph and not very "grippy") - and i would make sure mine held air, and was legal and even also a decent make of tyre with decent grip
I don't run a spare, just a can of tyreweld and a floorpump (together approx 1kg) although the car is 150kgs lighter than stock, (due to stripping un-nessisary weight, and lightweight parts) the spare is still the heaviest single component, putting it back in would undo a lot of the work done
The payload is also increased to 740kgs - about the same as a small van - the payload on a small car may not be that much and removing the spare increases it by the weight of the wheel
Its a difficult one - its a pity a spare is so heavy