On my last trip, I learned 3 things while coming back from Denver.
I’m pretty sure the 4th thing will help ya a lot.
Many folks know I drive a Nissan Armada and my wife has a Subaru Impreza.
The Dodge truck in the photo isn’t ours but it belongs to the lady I helped.
She had a nasty flat tire.
After further assessment of seeing why she got a flat tire, there was a 4 inch tip of a knife that punctured her tire!
It was crazy! I’d never seen anything like it.
I’ve seen some flat tires with nails, glass, wire, wood chips but never a knife blade 4″ long in a tire!
On my way home, I passed her and I wasn’t able to pull over immediately because I was in the middle of a billion cars and semi’s. Let alone, we were all going through some switchbacks.
I was finally able to turn around a couple miles later and I came back to help.
So the 2 or 3 things I learned from this single experience are:
1) If you travel or are going to travel, it is a real good idea to know where your jack and lug nut wrench are stored. It literally only took me 5 minutes to change the flat tire with the 4″ knife and take the spare out from under the truck bed and replace it all.
Believe it or not, it took us well over 20 minutes to find the tools.
It’s crazy where the jack and wrench were…. under the passenger seat.
We were looking under the back seat and I also looked in the engine bay.
2) Make sure you can access these tools quickly if needed. About a year ago, my wife and I were hauling a ton of atv and boat trailers to Denver and near Rock Springs, Wyoming around 2am, one of the trailer tires went flat. The jack, lug nut wrench was under a huge pile of heavy stuff.
I was very mad because I had to unload everything to finally access the tools. Luckily I had a flash light…. I think this is why Dodge decided to place the jack and tools under the front seat where nothing could get in the way if needed. Good on em.
2) This lady had a special lug nut key. She had no idea where it was at until she remembered…. If you have one of these special lug nut keys, it’s a really good idea to know where it is. Without it, it’s like trying to get into your safe without the key or the combination!
3) Lastly, she was pulled over here with her hazard lights blinking. The problem (the flat tire) wasn’t visible for people driving by to see what may be going on. I had to look and turn back several times to finally see she had a flat tire. Most people probably kept passing her because they may have not seen the flat tire. In fact, she had waited over 30 minutes. (Not fun in 92 degree weather!!!)
So if possible and if it is safe and you feel like you can’t change the tire or need some help, show the problem to those passing by. A good idea is to open your hood.
Bonus round: This is the scarier part! All of her lug nuts were loose! When I took off the flat tire, it literally took my pinky to loosen the lug nuts. I couldn’t believe it!!!
I checked the other 3 tires AND they were just as tight. Check them before you drive somewhere. Luckily all four of her tires didn’t roll off!
Overall, I’m glad it wasn’t any hotter. It was 92° and I was roasting. She was a really sweet lady and was in tears multiple times. She recently had back surgery and was hoping to get some help.
I declined her $20 about 100 times because I grew up with my mother and 2 sisters. No brothers. In the end, she forced me to take it.
Last thing. Share this with people you know who will be travelling this week for the Fourth of July. Be safe. Arrive Alive.
From a fellow traveler,