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As I turned around the corner, I could hear a funny chugging sound. I turned the radio off. The funny chugging sound continued. I was late for my appointment. As always. I kept going. Have you ever thought about what you’d do if you had a breakdown? No, neither had I.
A few minutes later, the car behind me started flashing their head lights. I glanced in the mirror again. Was that smoke I could see?
I slowed down to let him pass. He pulled along side me, waving his arms frantically. Apparently I had a flat tyre.
Well, that would explain the funny chugging noise. And the smoke. (I’d driven quite a way, any “car savvy” person would have realised before. I’m not so “car savvy”.)
I pulled over. In the middle of nowhere. Well, not exactly nowhere, onto the side of a busy high way. Not exactly anywhere useful.
Luckily it wasn’t raining.
Luckily I didn’t have a car full of hungry, tired and grumpy children to entertain and keep safe.
I put on my yellow jacket, got out my red triangles and sat on the verge. (You should always sit outside of your car, in case someone drives into it.)
I was clearly not going to make my appointment. More importantly, how was I going to get home?
What was I going to do about this flat tyre?
As much as I’m a modern girl and know the theory behind changing a flatty, I didn’t intend to start practising now.
I reached for my mobile phone.
Modern girl. Moderntechnology. Thank goodness!
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I watched the mechanic change the tyre with his electric drill and inflate the new tyre with an electric pump. Turns out I’m not such a girlie wimp after all.
I even made it home in time to collect the kids from school.
(Note. This is a true story but as I live in Spain, I sadly couldn’t call Urgent.ly.)