How many of you out there know how to change a flat tire?
How many of you have actually changed that flat tire?
How old were you when you learned?
A U.S. News study shows that two thirds of teenagers don’t know how to change a flat tire. The study doesn’t talk about what the reasoning is. I’d like to think that the majority of adults are probably saying to themselves, “those darn teenagers, a bunch of lazy fools,” and perhaps shaking their fists in the air.
But I digress.
When I was 16 I got my temps. My parents told me I had to learn how to change a tire before I could log any driving hours. With a big roll of my eyes I learned. It wasn’t as hard as I thought. Although if I was 50 pounds heavier, throwing my weight into that tire iron would’ve made a world of difference.
Even now at 33, I don’t think I would change my own tire. What would I do? What any sane person in the 21st century would do: call for help using my handy dandy smartphone and make someone else to it.
But maybe the reason teens don’t know how to change a flat isn’t because they can call someone else to do it. Maybe it’s because data from University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) shows that teens don’t even want to own cars.
So maybe the answer is that more teens do know how to change a flat, just the ones that actually own cars.
Do you know how to change a flat tire? And if you have children who are driving, do they know how?