I set out from work today to run a couple of errands and had a flat tire on a four-lane road. (I’m female.) I pulled well off the shoulder and went about changing the tire. When I was about 3/4 of the way through it (car jacked up, flat tire ready to be taken off, spare ready to be put on), two guys from a highway mowing crew pulled up in their truck and asked if I needed help.
I said, pleasantly, “Thanks, but I think I’m about done.” They continued to hover, so I said, “I might need help getting the tire off.” I’d never changed a tire on this car before and didn’t know how “stuck” it would be.
That was their cue to take over, apparently. One guy took the tire off. The other went back to the truck and got his lug wrench, although I had one. He put the spare on, me handing him one by one the lug nuts I’d removed. He lowered and removed the jack, and then I got a brief lecture about how I shouldn’t drive too far on the spare. (Duh!)
I thanked them, and we went our ways.
So what might have been different if it had been a guy changing a tire? Granted, a guy NEVER would have said, “I might need help.” But if he had, and you provided the specific help requested, what would you have done then?
I’m in no way dissing the fact that they stopped and helped. I was happy to have their help, even though I didn’t really need it. I’m just wondering how that scenario might have played out if I’d been a guy.