My tire pressure light had been coming on and then going out for over a year. I mentioned it to my mechanic whenever I got an oil change or inspection, then he would check the pressure and send me on my way.
So, when I was driving home recently and it came on, I wasn’t surprised. However, this time it was accompanied by a familiar thwop thwop thwop noise. I had a flat and started praying I made it to somewhere that I could safely pull over before it completely deflated. I made it to a gas station and called Triple A.
The phone attendant was very nice but my heart dropped a little when she said it would take 40 minutes to an hour for someone to get to me. I busied myself with getting all the crap out that I had stored in the hatchback. I had barely finished when a van pulled up next to me. It had been less than 10 minutes but sure enough, my help had arrived! Matt had the donut on and my deflated tire in the back in what seemed like no time at all.
I asked him if I could drive on the donut long enough to pick up ICE MELT on my way home. He smiled and explained that the donut is a 50/50 tire. “As long as you don’t drive over 50 miles an hour or for more than 50 miles, you will be fine.” I thanked him and we were both on our perspective ways.
While I was on my way to the Big Box store to get the ICE MELT, I noticed that the bay was open at MAAVIS tire. It was almost 6PM and I figured they must be on the verge of closing. It was worth a try though because I had an early meeting at work the next morning. I went into the office, prepared to beg for mercy. No groveling was necessary, however, as it turned out to be their late night. What are the chances of getting a flat on MAAVIS’ late night? The guys let me leave the tire there while I went to pick up the ICE MELT. Shortly after I returned, my tire was patched and I was on my way.
I actually made it home in time to stop at the library before it closed and return an overdue book. I raced in literally as they were about to lock the door. The woman at the circulation desk said she couldn’t take it because she already shut the machine off. Then another woman at the children’s desk said she could sign it in for me.
Getting a flat tire is not exactly fun but I felt such gratitude for everything that transpired afterward. I couldn’t have asked for a better outcome under the circumstances. It was almost magical.