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April 17, 2012

Listen to this.

This light has been on in my car for… oh, probably months.  It looks like this (!) and apparently that symbol is supposed to represent a tire?  Don’t ask me to explain how that looks like a tire.  Because to me, it pretty much looks like an exclamation point in parentheses.

You should also know I know nothing about cars.  No, really.  Nothing.  So when this little exclamation point tire light came on, I employed the advice of the men in my life.  Because men know everything about cars.  Note that the previous statement is completely incorrect and I’m about to prove it.

Want to know what they told me?  That that light wasn’t a big deal.  That the pressure in your tires is constantly changing.  That I should just ignore it.

Flash forward to Monday evening.  When I’ve been awake since 5 AM, sat in the sun for three and a half hours and watched the Rockies get beat 7-0 on Opening Day.  All I want is sleep, food and shade.  I’m on my way to meet my family to have dinner in Louisville, I turn a corner and poof!  I’ve never gotten a flat tire before, but let me tell you, when you do get one, there’s absolutely no mistaking what it is.

Thank goodness Joey knows how to change a flat, because like I said, I know nothing about cars.

And to make a long story short.  Apparently men don’t always know either.

Except maybe when it comes to changing a flat.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. April 17, 2012 12:41 PM

    Oh no~! I have that crazy little light as well, but I always insist that the hubby check and adjust the pressure when it comes on. The men were right about tire pressure changing; however, if the light comes on a second time – it is time to visit the tire shop. I too had to learn that lesson the hard way!

  2. April 17, 2012 8:38 PM

    Awww that sucks! At least you were able to get the spare on!

  3. April 18, 2012 2:22 PM

    Great story! But next time you see some kind of warning light on your dash, go to the owner’s manual for the interpretation. With so many new systems on cars, it’s hard for anyone to keep up with what they all mean (even the guys).

  4. April 21, 2012 7:35 AM

    Oh yes, there is no mistaking the I have a flat tire feeling when you’re in a car…just pray you don’t ever get a blow out on the interstate…now THAT is scary! Believe it or not, I do know a thing or two about cars…I can change a tire and I know how to change my own oil and where all my fluids go, but I am HORRIBLE at paying attention to when things need to be checked on/maintained. It’s like I think the car fairy is going to come in the middle of the night and just make everything a-ok for the next day! Glad you had a man to come to your rescue!

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