Motor Oil Matters! Win a Free Oil Change

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Years ago when I was young, thin, and naive, the engine in our car blew out due to lack of oil and a 100+ ° day. Expensive mistake. One we try not to make any more.

Instead, FishPapa performs some regular maintenance on each of our vehicles and covers the basics to keep our cars in good, working order. And it’s paid off. In fact, my current set of wheels is now 14 years old, older than my eldest child. I did not know this but it is also five years older than the national average.

According to Shell Lubricants and Motor Oil Matters

in the United States the average age of cars and light trucks on the roads today has reached a record high of 9.4 years? That means it’s more important than ever to take proper care of your vehicle.

Sometimes, that’s easier said than done. If your one of those moms who didn’t take autoshop in high school {raises hand}, you may be at a loss as to what to do to take care of that car.

Thanks to Motor Oil Matters, created by the maker of industry-leading brands Pennzoil and Quaker State, you can easily obtain important information about how quality motor oils can help lengthen the life of your engine and improve overall efficiency, as well as help answer other questions you may have about motor oil. In addition, the site offers a fun, educational game for you to play called “M.O.M. Knows Best” where you can put your motor mind to the test with an interactive quiz.

Speaking from experience, motor oil does matter. And the last thing you want is to be stranded on the 101 on the Questa Grade with a toddler in 115 ° heat and rattlesnakes in the nearby grass. Trust me on that one. As summer approaches, make sure your car’s condition is up to speed.

To help you in that, Shell Lubricants and Motor Oil Matters have provided a $35 gift card to Jiffy Lube for one LifeasMOM reader. The gift card should cover most, if not all, the cost of an oil change at your local Jiffy Lube.

We’ve taken our vehicles there many times because it’s so much easier and quicker than doing it ourselves. Ahem, yes, well, I’ve never changed oil in my life, but even the Grease Monkey in the family prefers letting those guys do it.

Simply leave a comment telling us your favorite stranded on the side of the road memory OR conversely what you have done to avoid being stranded on the side of the road. Giveaway will be open until Sunday, May 9th at 8 pm PST. Winner to be chosen at random.

Disclosure: I also received a $35 Jiffy Lube gift card from Shell Lubricants and Motor Oil Matters through My Blog Spark. The information here (aside from my own personal experiences and opinions) is provided by Shell Lubricants and Motor Oil Matters. My opinions have not been influenced in any way. In fact, I agreed to offer this giveaway because we’ve had good experiences at Jiffy Lube. Your mileage may vary.

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  1. Annette Holbrook says:

    I have a AAA membership and always carry my cell phone because I am scared of getting stranded somewhere with my 4 kids. I would love a free oil change.

  2. I was dating a not-good-for me dude, and his truck broke down…I called my mechanic friend for advice. The mechanic friend jumped in his truck and rescued us on the side of the freeway in a wicked rainstorm. I was sitting in the broken truck and I had an epiphany…I was in the wrong truck! I am now happily married to the mechanic buddy, celebrating our one year anniversary in 2 weeks!

  3. elizabeth says:

    I was used to driving my car several miles past “E” on the gas gauge. I had pretty much figured out how far I could go without running out of gas. When I got a new car, I assumed it was the same. So one day, I was driving home form work with my kids and the car said “0 miles till E.” I figured I could make it home, easy. I was wrong. The car died right in the middle of the road. My oldest son is physically disabled, so us walking to the gas station for help was out of the question. Luckily, I called one of my husband’s friends, and he came to rescue me.
    Now I am always super careful.

  4. My husband was driving home to Phoenix from Los Anglese and had a tire blow-out. He then put the spare tire on to have another tire blow out. He got stranded on the side of the road about 50 miles from home. We only have one car so he had to be towed back into town and it was very expensive. Now we take great care of our tires and check them before we travel! It would be awesome to win a free oil change, seeing how we do a lot of driving and get our oil changed quite frequently.

  5. I was driving back to college after a crazy Easter break (and witnessing the birth of my niece VERY early that morning), and about half-way there, my trucks engine just stalled on the interstate and steam started rising from the hood. SCARY!!! Thank God for an older woman who stopped to help me immediately after I pulled over and drove me to the nearest town so I could wait there for my dad to come pick me up. Now that is a day I will never forget….for many reasons….a wonderful way to start the day (my niece) and a stressful way to end it (truck issues). 🙂

  6. eunice b says:

    i have a AAA membership…it’s quite reassuring as we don’t have cell phones! 🙂

  7. My husband has had a tire blow out on his half ton truck in the middle of the Valley of California on a nice 115 degree summer day. Not a lot of fun to lie on the black pavement to try to fix this one. And it didn’t help to have couple hot cranky kids along for the adventure.

  8. In college, my car died in the university parking garage…I had to find the ONE towing company in the whole town whose truck would clear the garage!

  9. I always make sure to fill up when I hit 1/4 tank so I never run out of gas!

  10. Most of my car troubles seem to happen at home – tire goes flat overnite, battery dies, etc. Despite the inconvenience I’m thankful that I can fix a flat tire in the safety of my own garage. I could really use the free oil change!

  11. i reply on my AAA membership..:) Would love the win a free oil change.

  12. We really try to have our oil changed regularly and keep are card maintained in general. Prevents breakdowns somewhat this way.

  13. My favorite is I just bought a minivan and I was driving it home 40 minutes away when all of a sudden it was jerking to the right. Of course I drove another quarter of a mile and then pulled over. Only to realize I blew a tire in my first twenty minutes of driving my new car.

  14. Luckily I have never been stranded on the side of the road, but I always have my cell phone with me just in case. But it never hurts to try to take better care of my vehicle!

  15. Shaylin says:

    In college I thought I could make it back over the passes home on 1/2 a tank. I thought wrong and ran out of gas on the one spot that actually had cell reception. I was in tears by the time I got a hold or my parents and have never left on a road trip since without topping of the tank!

  16. Jessica Croft says:

    I have never been stranded and never locked my keys in the car until the day after we put roadside assitance on our car insurance policy. Literally the next day I locked my keys and my cellphone in the car at the bank! I guess it was good timing because my husband didn’t have to get off work to come save me. 🙂

  17. Sarah R. says:

    I ran out of gas and forgot my wallet on the way to my final exam my senior year of college. Luckily, my sweet husband was only a cell phone call away and came to fill my gas tank up.

  18. My worst stranded-on-side-of-road story was when I was 21 years old. I was driving home from college for Christmas. I was running very low on gas and became very nervous that I would completely run out because I hadn’t seen a gas station in miles. So I pulled over and put in extra gas from a small tank I carried in the back of my car. Much to my dismay, when I went to restart the car it wouldn’t start! Night was falling and I was on a deserted exit. It was horrible. I ended up hitch hiking with a trucker that picked me up as I was walking on the highway to find help. Needless to say my parents were horrified!

  19. Nancy L. says:

    My Dad is a very caring man who would stop to help anyone he saw broke down on the side of the road. If he couldn’t fix it, he’d drive them to get help or bring them home to spend the night with us. As of today, I have never been stranded on the side of the road. I believe it’s because of his helping others all those years that his family has never been stranded.

  20. I have not been stranded since driving on my own- but when I was young, our truck broke down on vacation. Thankfully, my dad works on vehicles & was able to repair it!

  21. We’re extra careful to check over our car every time we change the oil. We sold our second car over a year ago before moving across the country and realize how important it is to make sure this one keeps running well. 🙂

  22. After being left stranded several times with our first car, we learned very quickly about the value of regular maintenance and AAA. Nothing like a breakdown to open your eyes.

  23. When my sister was young, sexy and stupid she drove a car that broke down a lot. One Saturday night on her way to a party her car stops in the middle of a very busy street in Chicago. She leaves it and walks to the party. Hours later the car had been pushed to the side safe and sound.

  24. I was in the middle of a 15 hour drive with three children age 4, 6, and 7 when my fuel pump kicked. A tow and night in a hotel later it was one of the most expensive repairs we’ve ever had! Yes, there were tears!

  25. Melanie says:

    I have never been stranded, but I do always make sure I have my cell phone so I can call my hubby if that would happen!

  26. Also blew out an engine b/c of no oil….I forgot to put the oil cap back on. I was far from home… was long before cell phones.


  27. Last time, I was stranded on the side of the road it was because of a flat tire. It was January, below freezing, I had a skirt on and my husband was out of town. Not fun….thank goodness for the VDOT man who helped me change my tire. 🙂

  28. When I turned 16, my parents got me an awful, old car and a cell phone. I used that phone so many times to call my dad and tell him that the car was smoking and I needed help. My friends thought it was hilarious that my car broke down so much.

  29. Anne Marie says:

    I carry roadside assistance on my insurance policy. This provides me the peace of mind I need knowing help is just a call away!! It is well worth the few extra dollars that it costs.

  30. nanasewn says:

    Stranded in a white out snow storm in Ohio with 2 small kids. No traffic could move, all traffic was stopped in the middle of the freeways. At was a very frightening time

  31. I remember running out of gas on the highway without a cell phone and having to walk to a house at like 8 at night and ask to use their phone. Very embarrassing! Great giveaway, thanks!

  32. Katie T says:

    The funniest one to date was when we had some of our best friends from college visiting. We were on our way to take them to the beach when the tire in our SUV blew. So there, on the side of the highway, were two pregnant women. Thankfully, our husbands were with us and changed the tire. We just laughed at what a funny picture it was!

  33. My worst breakdown in a car was many years ago before cell phones. Our eldery Volva wagon broke down out in the country miles away from any towns. I was stranded with a two year old and six month old. I panicked and then prayed. There were no houses nearby and I was at a loss about what to do. A man drove up and offered to look under the hood. He told me with amazement that my car should have long blown up, oil was spewing all over the engine. I shot up a word of thanks to the Lord for protecting our family. He pulled out some junk, temporarily fixed the problem and sent me on my way with strict instructions to drive straight to a repair shop when I got to town 90 miles away. He was an angel I have no doubt.

  34. On the way to school I ran out of gas because I’d decided hitting snooze and sleeping in instead of getting gas before school!

  35. I’ve been blessed to have not yet broken down on the side of the road but my college commuting daughter did. Of course it was all the way near her school and she ran out of gas on a main parkway. Fortunately she FINALLY remembered to bring her cell phone and I had to go dump the old gas in the can, get new gas, drive 20 miles to where she was, fill her tank and get back home again. NOT what I felt like doing that day. Now we have AAA. 🙂

  36. I broke down on the Beltway outside of DC when I was 8 1/2 months pregnant. Luckily, it was a nice day and I had a book. 😉

  37. I was stranded at Home Depot when I was preg with my second. I had my first with me (3 YO at the time) and my hubby was at work. I called my mom who told me to call my dad. Daddy (of course!) resuced me! I would LOVE to win a free oil change! My truck badly needs one! Thanks!

  38. I always carry my cell phone… and while we drive older cars, I drive the newer one, since I figure it’s less likely to break down. I figure that my husband can handle a car break down better than I can with a toddler in the car. 🙂

  39. shirley says:

    Had TWO flat tires once, in a pickup loaded down with 3 hot kids, in July,on way to a camping trip. We only had 1 spare tire, nice man cane along with an air tank.

  40. 1 week after buying a used car from a dealership the front axle snapped and somehow managed to damage the transmission as well. It took forever for the tow truck because we needed a flat bed tow and my toddler was with me hungry. The good part thouh was that I gave the dealer such a hard time that they eventually agreed to cover the repairs eventhough we bought the car as is.

  41. Melanie says:

    When I was in college and broke, I ran out of gas about a mile away from a gas station. I had decided I wasn’t going to pay “their” price for gas since in seemed hight to me. Well, I ended up buying their gas after all since it was the only station around.

  42. When I was in college a friend and I drove up the East coast to meet a third friend for the weekend. We hadn’t seen each other in months and were really looking forward to the trip. While doing some sightseeing my friend’s car suddenly and without warning started fading. We tried to find a suitable place to pull over and ended up in the parking lot of a storage facility – not exactly ideal! We managed to find a phone and had the car towed back to our hotel. We didn’t do the things that we wanted to do but ended up making a lot of memories anyway. Today, nearly 10 years after that trip we still laugh about it often!

  43. If this contest was judged on the story, I think I could top most of them! My family STILL talks about the trip we took to the Florida Keys 12 years ago. We had stayed in Ft. Lauderdale for a few days and then drove down to Key West for a few days. On the way back from Key West we stopped at a flea market on a Key that was so narrow you could stand in the middle and see the ocean on both sides. It was a hot day so my dad left the van running and took his lock remote of the key ring so he could lock the can and still let it run. One problem, when he went to unlock it – the remote wouldn’t work!
    The only thing else on that key was “Jojo’s Bar and Grill and Bait Shop”. (I am sooo not kidding about that either!) Fortunately the guy that worked in the bait shop was about to head out for the day so he offered to drive my dad back to Key West to get a new battery for his remote.
    Mom and I waited inside Jojo’s Bar and Grill until my dad got back. Just in case the battery idea didn’t work Dad tracked down the nearest locksmith while he was back in Key West and had him come out to where we were. Which was a good idea because changing the battery didn’t work.
    We were about an hour and a half outside of Key West when all this took place. Our van sat there STILL RUNNING for almost FOUR hours. (and my mom and I spent most of the time sitting in Jojo’s Bar and Grill and Bait shop…)
    This is a story that will be told for decades! 🙂

  44. While in college my husband and I were caught out in an unexpected snow storm while traveling to see my family. Our little pickup froze up, but thankfully we were able to thaw out in a maintenance shop in at a national park.

  45. My favorite stranded moment actually has nothing to do with an auto malfunction. Sometime during my teenage years my family was on one of our many road trips criss-crossing the USA. Somewhere in Kansas my brother got carsick – REALLY carsick – and if there is one thing my mom cannot stand it is the thought of, well, a carsick upset. Dad pulled over to the side of the freeway, my little brother and I piled out, and I helped him while he dealt with his nausea in a ditch. My mom would not let him back into the van until he was feeling well again. Not so much fun then but it’s one of my favorite road trip memories! Can’t beat those family van tales. 😉

  46. My favorite “stranded by the side of the road” memory was on prom night. We were headed home on the freeway at one in the morning when the car got a flat tire. Even though it was 11 years ago a gal we were with had a cell phone and a AAA card. A trooper also stopped to help and we got some great pictures of one of the guys being handcuffed and my date (my husband!) changing a tire in his tux. The two of us girls also got teddy bears from the trooper. It is fun to relive the memory with my hubby every time we drive by the spot 🙂

  47. TaylorBunch says:

    So many good stranded stories to choose from! I think the best is when I was engaged and wanted to be spending time with my man. However, I was traveling with my family in a run-down RV in rural Kentucky. We got a flat, it was night, and the weekend. My dad was not happy and NOTHING was open. I really have no clue how we got out of that mess. Definitely memorable, definitely not fun!

  48. Ruth Hill says:

    AAA membership makes me feel very safe indeed. If I ever have a problem, I know I can call on my cell phone. I always keep it handy.

  49. Heidi F says:

    Driving thru the Appalachian Mountains w/ a van load of Japanese students….van from the university where I was teaching runs out of gas…… my husband walks a mile to get gas….and we later find out that the van has 2 tanks and we just needed to push a button to switch to the 2nd full tank!

  50. Thank goodness I have not been stranded, but my hubby has. He was about 2 hours from home and had to start walking to the next exit (pre-cell phones). A man from our church came by and picked him up. Amazing!

  51. Debbie in PA says:

    My one and only breakdown occurred AS i was getting the ticket getting on the PA turnpike after work during rush hour traffic. A belt broke as I pulled out of the ticket booth area. Some nice man helped me push the car (in a suit!) across several lanes of traffic to get off the road. My husband was away, and I had no cell phone in those days, so it was a mess getting help!

  52. Sara Z. says:

    As a kid, I was obsessively worried about running out of gas. I would pester my mom any time the gas gauge got anywhere near Empty. Even as an adult, I start to get a nervous twitch as soon as the light comes on letting me know that I’m low (never mind the fact that I still have at least 5 gallons left at this point!).

  53. Rebecca says:

    I have never been stranded on the side of the road (yet) because my husband takes such great care of our vehicles. Both of our cars are 10+ years old and he is so diligent about maintenance! Would love to win though, would make a great gift for my mom or mother in law, both of whom live alone, with no husbands to take care of these things for them.

  54. My stepmom and I went to an auction in West Virginia and bought among other things a desk and an outdoor umbrella. As we admired a beautiful sunset, we blew a tire!!! We broke down, on the side of a mountain. And THEN it started to rain! We used the umbrella to shield the desk (which was sticking out of the hatchback). Eventually a guy in a pickup truck came by and changed the tire, in the rain. We gave him some beer as thanks. The story STILL makes us laugh!!

  55. When I learned to drive, I didn’t know you should rotate your tires every other oil change. I had a blow out on the freeway while I was moving out of state to go to college. Not a fun experience! Since then, I have been really good about rotating my tires regularly.

  56. Ruth Hill says:

    I have AAA membership which always gives me peace of mind. At least if I get stranded, I have someone to call.

  57. Andrea Watts says:

    When I worked a fast food job as a teenager, I had to be there at 5:30 am. I ran out of gas on the way. This was before cell phones. I locked all my doors and went to sleep in the car. I awoke with my Dad knocking on my window. I’m glad nothing happened to me!

  58. When I was a Mechanical Engineering student long, long ago, I felt, that being female, I didn’t want to be outdone by my male peers. One spring break I asked my Dad to teach me how to change the oil in my car. I put on Dad’s coveralls, pulled the car up on the ramps, and with his guidance, undid the oil drain plug. Funny thing… it was a really, really windy day. The oil did not drain into the pan. It blew ALL OVER the place right into my long blond hair!!!!…….I have faithfully taken my car to an oil change place ever since.

    I’m laughing at that story now, but it was quite horrifying back then.

  59. When the non-factory installed cruise on one of my first cars failed, I was unable to stop, even though I had the break to the floor. I did the only thing I could think of – to hold the break down, & simply turn off the ingnition. It was an abrupt stop, to say the least. A women leaving her workplace picked me up & drove me 20 miles out of her way back to my house! Quite an ordeal. Nowadays, my loving husband takes care of most things mechanical, but I know he’d love a break from changing my oil! Thanks for the opp! And for the entertaining stories above!

  60. I’ve had many car problems. The worst one was when we were driving to my MIL’s house (4 hrs) away so that she could watch the kids while my husband and I flew home for my mother’s funeral. My baby girl threw up and then later we had a tire that shredded on the interstate. After 6 hrs, we finally made it to my MIL’s house.

  61. My husband is so good at checking the oil level however would probably enjoy the break. Count us in on the giveaway! Thanks!

  62. I had a tire blowout once that left me stranded until a friend’s dad came and helped me change the tire. After that, I swore to learn how to change my own tires should that ever happen again. And guess what? It did, two years later and I changed that darn tire all by myself! (For a petite 5′, 95 lb woman, that’s saying something. :D)

  63. Hubby is great about checking all the fluid levels in the cars. However, we seemed to have terrible luck with tires. We have been stranded on the interstate with newborns waiting for a tow truck after the tire on our suburban blew.

  64. Sarah H. says:

    We’re trying to be better about car maintenance and keeping track of when we’ve done things. Trying…

  65. Well, my Dad was a auto mechanic so I never had to worry or even think about what my car needed. I liked this so I married a man, who though not a mechanic, knows enough about cars to keep them in good shape.

  66. One evening the belt on my car gave out just as I was exiting the highway and my car completely died at the top of the overpass bridge off the exit. Luckily my two brothers and my then boyfriend (now husband) were in the car with me and pushed the car down the hill while I steered from inside and into a Bob Evan’s parking lot where we could wait for my mom to come with the AAA card and the AAA guy to come tow us! We had a fun time laughing about the whole thing and listening to music while we waited.

  67. Melissa says:

    I was never stranded, but used to drive an ’82 Mustang where I’d have to go to the gas station to fill the oil and check the gas!

  68. bridget says:

    I’ve never been stranded on the road. I think it’s because I have the best husband of all time. He will take my car to the shop whenever something’s wrong with it.

  69. My fuel pump went out during rush hour with 2 toddlers. People can be so grumpy when you’re blocking their path home at 5pm.

  70. Jennifer says:

    I’ve never been stranded, but now that my car is 12 years old, it may happen someday!

  71. We have been stranded on the side of the road twice, both due to running the car past E and both on the way home from a funeral!

  72. Suzy Ivy says:

    Stranded on the road in a snowstorm on Christmas Eve looking for new windshield wipers at a Walmart because ours busted on our drive to our parents house… Nothing was working when a bird noticed our dilemma and added to it by pooping on my frustrated husband’s head. talk about a bad day.

  73. I remember coming home from college and my car dying, luckily I had smartly gotten off the highway and rolled to a stop at a gas station, where it sat for the next 2 hours, while I waited for my dad to come get me with his truck. He towed me home, which meant I had to ride in the unheated, non-powered brakes car. It was one LONG, cold ride home. But better than the wait at the truck stop/gas station. The waitress at the diner did keep my mug full of hot chocolate!

  74. i was driving from chattanooga, tn to atlanta, ga to pick up my little sister at the airport, who was only about 14 at the time. About half way there, i saw smoke coming out from under the hood, and pulled off the next exit, only to find that something had busted, and I couldn’t continue. thanks to prayer, tears, and some really great people who were ready to close up shop at a garage across the street, i got it fixed and got back on the road. Luckily, my sister’s plane was late, so she never even knew that she almost got stranded alone in the atlanta airport!

  75. Elizabeth says:

    Until I got married, my dad would always check the oil and the transmission fluid in the car to keep me from getting stranded. Now my hubby does it for me! My dad also made me learn how to change a tire before he would let me drive on my own!

  76. paula ayojiak says:

    When my husband and I were dating we were driving to get gas and sure enough we ran out of gas when going up a hill. We both were laughing and embarrassed. We had to call my dad to come bring us some gas and then were able to make it to the gas station.

  77. on the day before thanksgiving during my sr year of college, my mom’s car caught on fire on the interstate while we were driving to my grandparents for thanksgiving. my dad hadn’t left yet because of work so he was still at home, and between him, my other grandpa, AAA, and the state police and a local fire dept things got taken care of and we had a nice thanksgiving the next day at home (not at my grandparents after all). it was crazy and scary but no one was hurt, just things destroyed. the car was well taken care of and only a few years old. we never found out what happened. crazy!

  78. Whitney says:

    It was last summer. It was HOT. And it was at one of the busiest intersections in our town. I had both kids with me of course & AAA got lost & took an hour to get there. MISERABLE!

  79. When I was still in high school, my car died on the highway. My mom and I were headed to my brothers house so that he could change my oil, but I was too late and it blew an engine rod. I have stayed on top of things since, my last car was 10 years old when we got rid of it and it was on its last leg.

  80. every time I’ve gotten stranded, my family has come to pick me up within 20 minutes. I’ve been hugely blessed to live near my family for almost my whole life – both sides! Thus while I certainly have gotten stranded, no horror stories!

  81. We lost our transmission on the highway on our way to an adoption event. An angel stopped for us, offered to bring us lunch, or some how deliver us to the event. He went and bought us minutes for a cell phone and refused to take money or even give us his name to repay. He had our van towed to a friend of his father’s (I think) who happened to specialize in transmissions. Then the one officer on duty in that little town and the dog officer drove us to the police station (with a toddler on my lap!). Good times!

  82. When I was on summer break in college my friends and I traveled to Central America and backpacked throughout the region. We were on a bus we shared with nuns, clucking chickens and screaming children. The winding road we traveled on was fraught with ruts, boulders, and detritus. Finally we reached a crevasse created by a rainstorm a day before. It was impassible, and the bus stopped. The driver instructed every able bodied man to find rocks, old appliances, anything to cover up the ditch so that we could continue on our journey. I’ll never forget that day!

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  83. I went into early labor with my first daughter while my husband was at work. He got stranded on the express way about 45 minutes away from the hospital. He had to get a hold of someone to get him, etc. We waited so long for him, the doctors decided I should just wait through the night, so they gave me some meds to help me sleep during labor. Fun! I ended up being in labor for an entire extra day because of him. (My water never broke, the doctors had to break it which is how they were able to make me wait)

  84. I recommend never letting the gas tank get too low, I don’t like pushing my luck!

  85. I was stranded several times in college. The best story, but the scariest experience, was when I had to pull of at a remote exit and these men who were finishing work and beginning their weekend beer drinking, gave me advice and would not leave me because they were concerned. One man said, “Roll me another join,” a phrase I had heard only in movies. Another told me a story about his wife and child being killed on the side of the road, so he could not leave me. He went on to tell me about his counseling and how nosey counselors are. He asked, “What is your college major?” “Psychology,” I answered. I began and then quickly stopped trying to explain why his counselor asked so many questions. Then they suggested that if I drove really fast on the interstate my engine would not be able to miss. I believed them and got back on the interstate, them driving behind me and urging me to go faster. Now, this was a better plan than accepting the offer to ride with them the nearly 70 miles home. They eventually went on and of course, then I got pulled over by a state trooper, who you can imagine was not impressed with my story! My mom pulled up behind me while the officer was at my window and loudly instructed my mother to get back in her vehicle. She did beg him to not give me ticket, saying he could choose to rip it up! I told him that my car would likely not start, but the officer left me, and…my car would not start. We had to call for help as to how to jump start it and I noticed the state trooper watching from way up the road. Eventually he came back and helped us jump start the car, but he left the ticket with me. I think about this 13-year-ago incident every time I drive past that exit on the way to visit my family!

  86. I think the worst time I got stranded was when my car died in the turning lane as I was going to the doctor’s office. It was on a very busy road and I was so embarrassed. Luckily a nice man helped me push it into the parking lot and when I came back out after my appointment, the car started. I have no idea what was wrong with it, but it was pretty scary to be in the turning lane and completely unable to move out of the way.

  87. Heather says:

    I was heading to vist college friends while on summer break. I left for for the 3 hour trip after work so I was trying to get there before dark. I was about halfway there when my car died on the side of the Interstate thanks to a broken fan belt. Fortunately I had one of those old bag car phones and was able to call the Highway Patrol to come resuce me. My parents then rescued me from the Highway Patrol station. So much for my grownup trip.

  88. Norma Taylor says:

    I too, have AAA and a cell phone so that whatever happens, I am prepared! I also have several of my friend’s numbers with me so that if for some reason, I need a ride home, I can call someone.

  89. Jessica Myers says:

    I remember running out of gas about nine years ago. It was late at night on a slightly desolate spread of highway. “Luckily”, there was a motel about a mile down the road. Unfortunately, I was wearing quite high platform-type sandals. Walking in the noisy ridges (that wake you up if you veer off-road) was a bit painful. I managed to page the motel attendant and had to call for help. Then, we had to find a gas station to fill a portable tank. I lived in a small town where the sidewalks roll up around 9:00 PM… After the pain and humiliation, I vowed to keep my tank 1/4 full or more at all times!

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