PSA: Don’t Drive on a Flat Tire
There are a couple of common-sense vehicle practices that even the least experienced drivers know to adhere to. Change your engine oil regularly; make sure you have functional headlights, brake lights, and turn signals; don’t speed past a police officer at 140 mph while blasting particularly angry music; don’t drive on a flat tire.
I know these things. You know these things. I still drove on a flat tire. Don’t be like me. Learn from my tale of idiocy and self-inflicted wallet-pain.
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It started when a very nice gentleman pulled up next to me on my way to the store and told me that my tire looked a little flat. Now, this would have been the moment when a smart person would have pulled off to check how flat “a little flat” is, then requested a tow.
Instead, I — a stupid person—went to the store, then back to my apartment. Again, this would have been a pretty good time to contact someone for a tow. I didn’t. I also didn’t order a Lyft to take me to work in the morning.
I know that sometimes “why you shouldn’t do X or Y” articles seem distant and clinical. You can read the information, totally believe it, and then not act on it if you don’t have a tangible relationship with the consequences. So I’m offering myself up as a living, breathing example of poor decision making.
By the time I wised up and had my car taken to the shop, I’d caused enough damage to necessitate a new tire, and my alignment was a bit out of whack. After all was said and done, my bonehead move cost me just over $225 plus tax between the service and rides back and forth to work.
So, the next time you think you have a flat tire, do the smart thing and don’t drive on it.
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Aaron was born in a suburb of Toledo, Ohio and has managed to traverse most of the state between college and various shenanigans. Having majored in video game development and minored in film studies, he is a considerable fan of both forms of media. Additionally, he is available to explain why Mad Max: Fury Road is one of the best feminist films of all time at the drop of a hat. His aspirations include — but are not limited to — not accidentally adopting any more cats and developing a responsible sleep schedule. See more articles by Aaron.