Heroes arise out of car trouble

Published 12:00 pm Monday, October 26, 2015

It was quite an adventure leaving work at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and finding a flat tire.

That’s late enough that just about everyone has left the office and late enough that if the business that can fix the tire hasn’t closed, it is about to.

It’s also late enough that people are home and eating dinner with their families and do not want to leave the comfort of their couch, and you really shouldn’t bother them.

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Yes, I have roadside assistance. But for some reason, my insurance company and tow truck companies in Oxford don’t jive.

What feels like half an hour later, I finally get confirmation help is on the way to put on my spare. That help will arrive at 8:30 p.m. and is coming from Tupelo.

I don’t know about you, but I have things to do, and waiting for two hours isn’t one of them. Luckily the police department was willing to help me put on the spare. Actually, one of the statewide DUI officers of the year took a break from his nightly routine to change my tire. To the folks who say that all the Oxford Police Department does is pick on college kids, I respectfully disagree.

Best boss in the world goes to Tim Phillips, who let me use his car to make my commute rather than chance it on a spare, which would have taken forever if I had to go under the speed limit. Once again, who has time for that?

Gateway fixed up my tire the next morning, which it turns out had a hole in it.

A large moral of the story here is that I need to not be lazy and change my own tire. I’ve watched it many times, so there’s no reason not to try. Many women would agree with me and want to learn how to get out of a sticky situation on the side of the highway quickly and without waiting for two hours for help.

I encourage places like Advance Auto Parts, Auto Zone, Goodyear, Gateway, Oxford Tire Center, University Tire, Walmart Tire and Lube Express, and any other tire and car shop to think about hosting a workshop for ladies once a month. You all can rotate.

Charge a fee, bring us out and teach us things we need to know about taking care of our cars. Even something as simple as changing windshield wiper blades is something the ladies avoid for no good reason, really.

If you need someone to organize the workshops, I’d be glad to help out. Reach out, and let’s change some tires.

Stephanie Rebman is editor of the Oxford EAGLE. Contact her at stephanie.rebman@oxfordeagle.com.