- get out and change the tire.
- call for back up help either from my husband or from someone else.
- drive out of there to a safer place.
This got me thinking a bit. So often we try to prepare for the emergencies by having what we need with us or being able to handle the situation as it stands but we don't often think about the fact that we can often leave the situation and get out of the area. For me the panic wasn't the flat tire but it was the unsafe area we were in. We had already seen some "characters" in the Walmart so we knew what was around. I had all the equipment I needed and the skills to change the flat tire myself. For me though the real situation was the place where we were. I needed to get us out of there. The tire would be fine but if I were to try to change the tire myself someone might want to come and "help" me and they may not like taking a "no thanks" for an answer. They may also have wanted to take advantage of the situation for something not so good. My best option was to leave, slowly and safely with me and the girls locked in the car and to get the car and the very low tire to a gas station in a safer area for either air or repair.
The evening turned out fine in the end. I got the tire filled with air and my gas tank filled too.
We can often learn so much from these "little" situations if we just stop and think about them. Always keep the option to just leave if you can as an option to consider in those type of situations.