March 4, 2013

The day I got a flat tire

A few weeks ago, on my way home from work, I got a flat tire - not an ideal situation for someone who is 37 weeks pregnant. The car in front of me suddenly kicked up an object that was grayish-black and about the size of a brick. I had about one second to respond and managed to avoid it hitting it head on, but it still hit my rear tire. It lost pressure immediately and I pulled off to call Dave for help.

As you can see from the picture, the impact put a good size hole in the tire and dented the rim

Normally when something like this happens I get pretty angry at the situation, but this time I just kept thinking of how it could have been so much worse. In hindsight, I am grateful that:
  • It was a beautiful day - a little chilly, but no rain, snow, or wind
  • I was able to keep control and avoid a collision with another car
  • I was already in an exit lane next to the ramp so I could pull right off the freeway instead of having to navigate across 3 lanes of traffic to get to the shoulder  
  • I was only 1 exit from home and Dave was not at school so he was able to come to my rescue really quick
  • That Dave knows how to put a spare tire on a car
  • My mom was visiting at the time and got dinner ready so there was food waiting for us when we finally got home
  • We have two cars so Dave and I were able to work out a way to still get to work and school while our poor Focus was getting repaired.
  • Our insurance will cover the claim under our comprehensive policy so we only have to pay the $100 deductible instead of a $600 bill!


AmyH said...

Exactly how we felt about our truck incident! Your exit is a very popular place for car trouble :) Anne is disappointed her day lost...I'm still hoping for the 13th!

Heather Curtis said...

How scary! That could have been so bad! I can't believe something that size came flying at your car!!! And it made quite the mark on your tire. I am so happy you are okay. Way to look at the blessings. You are awesome! Love you Mel!

Unknown said...

Woah! You must’ve been nervous that time. Getting involved in an incident like that is very perilous for an expecting mom like you. At times like this, you shouldn’t have to worry too much about the situation. Let your husband handle that for you. Well, it’s not much of a problem because you have a spare tire and he knows how to replace it. What’s important is that nothing happened to you and your baby. Keep safe, Melanie!

Enoch Ross