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Friday, August 3, 2007

Adventures in Driving

This morning I had to take my car in for service and to have them take a look at a slow leak in my tire. I knew the tire was getting low, but I thought I could make it to the dealer. About halfway there I realized that I had lost about half of my tire and was riding on the rim.

I pulled over to the side of the road and called for road service. I'm so happy I have a cell phone, it really came in handy. There are no phone booths on country roads. About 8 of about 30 drivers stopped to see if I needed help. They were all women. Someone, however, called the police. The officer stayed with me until the tire changer got there.

Everyone was very helpful and I had a nice chat with the police officer about the types of calls they get. Suburban or country people are so different from city people. Here in this small town, some people find it necessary to call 911 for directions or gestures from other drivers.

I finally got to the dealer and instead of getting some air or fixing my tire, I had to get a new tire, at least I didn't have to replace the rim. If that ever happens again, I'll either change the tire as soon as it looks low, or stop and get air.

1 comment:

ms/sss said...

Can you change a tire? I never learned how, but I've watched over the years. Learning how to do this would have been a valuable requirement for getting your license... right along with parallel parking.