Jun 2, 2009

Thump!

Last night was softball again (we tied) and as I drove home with DQ after the game I felt so good. As we got on the highway the sun was setting gorgeously and it just seemed like all was right with the world.

Then we hit a nasty patch on the Beltway. Or it seemed like it until I looked in the mirror out the drivers side window and saw the smoke coming from the rear. Oooops! One of my tires blew. Totally kaput! Shredded! And DQ and I were on the interstate!

So we pulled over to the side of the road and called AAA. Wouldn't you know it - my policy expired that day! Thankfully, the woman sent help for us anyway - maybe because I've had the policy for 20 years and never used it except for maps.

As DQ and I sat and waited for help while watching cars zip by dangerously close to the car we actually had a giggle or two. I used a teachable moment to explain (and demonstrate) the importance of staying calm and we both laughed at the fact that the one time flashing lights would be welcome behind us - none were to be found.

We made it home safely and I renewed my policy right away. Today after work I'll replace the tire. Best of all, the experience only enhanced the post-game glow.

4 comments:

Julie said...

Scary! I don't know how calm I would be if my tire blew out on the highway. I have my AAA membership automatically paid through my credit card annually for just this reason. It's good to know that they have such good customer service though.

Most of all, it's great to know you and DQ were both safe!

JessaLu said...

Yay for AAA! I'm glad you all got home safely.

Carole Knits said...

Bummer about the tire but I'm so glad you guys weren't hurt!

Sarah said...

Yikes! I'm so glad you came through the ordeal safely.