Getting a flat tire while driving is the worst—however getting a flat tire while driving on a highway during rush hour is even worse.
Sarah Shrader knows how frightening and even intimidating the experience can be, but luckily she had all the knowledge she needed, she just needed a little extra help from … a woman.
Sarah Shrader was driving on an interstate when she got a flat tire.
One afternoon in October 2017, Shrader was driving down I-75, south of Findlay, Ohio, when she suddenly got a flat tire.
“I was ready to accept the challenge of changing it,” she shared with Love What Matters.
However, there was something about the task that made her nervous. It was rush hour, so there was a lot of traffic—especially a number of 18-wheelers that were getting a little too close for comfort. She knew it would be difficult to safely change the tire by herself, so she called the police department.
She called police for assistance.
When the state trooper arrived, Shrader was shocked. A woman stepped out and offered to help.
“They knew I was a woman, and they knew I had a tire to change,” Shrader said. “They must have also known that we were more than ready and capable of tackling this challenge.”
Shrader and Trooper Teri Cavin worked together to change her flat tire.
"When I got a flat tire on I75 just south of Findlay today, I was ready to accept the challenge of changing it. However,…
While Trooper Teri Cavin and Shrader worked on changing the tire, which Shrader commented they completed in 20 minutes, Shrader’s father was making his way to his daughter’s rescue.
She insisted that he didn’t need to come, but “that’s what Dads do. And because every other time his baby had a flat tire, he came to my rescue. But what he forgot is that those other few times, he handed me the tools and let me help,” she said.
When Shrader was ready to get back on the road, she called her dad and let him know she was fine. She also explained to him it was because of his help in the past that she was fine.
“It was then that I reminded him, that he TAUGHT me what to do in this situation so I could do it if I needed to. He helped raise this tire changing female. And I am so grateful he did!” she said.
Her story inspired others to share their stories.
In the comments section of Shrader’s story on Love What Matters, many women shared how their fathers taught them basic vehicle maintenance.
Each story was just as empowering as the last.
“Before my dad let me take the car for the first time, he made me change the oil, pump my own gas, rotate my tires, and learn how to jump start it if the battery died. I didn’t appreciate it at the time but did shortly afterwards,” Karole Wagner wrote.
Commenter Melanie Boyle admitted to not knowing how to change a flat tire, but after recently having to use her car’s roadside assistance she was surprised to encounter not one, but two women working in an industry typically dominated by men.
“I used it for the first time recently and the tow truck driver was a woman,” she wrote. “She jumped my car for me and told me that I needed a new battery . Then I went to the car part store and the employee who helped me there was also female.”