Today, I rode with a friend to a homeschool meeting. We were traveling along and enjoying having some time just to chat when she commented to me that she had the gas pedal all the way to floor and the car wasn't accelerating. I told her to check the brake. She did and we slowed. We were traveling along a very busy 2 lane road where there aren't many places to get off due to deep ditches, etc. We coasted to a stop and didn't quite make it all the way off the road. We knew immediately that the car was in danger of causing an accident so I told her to put it in neutral so we could try to push it just a little further and get it out of the road. We were stopped on a small hill and try as we might we could not move that SUV one inch! Luckily, some other moms on the way to the same meeting saw us and stopped to help. So now we had 4 moms trying to push this SUV just a few inches off the road. We finally had it rolling but each time it would roll back! Luckily a man came out of the house nearby and helped us get it off the road. He was dressed up in a nice white shirt and black pants and looked like he was about to go perform in a concert.
Interesting thoughts regarding this event:
1. At least 50 cars drove by us and no strangers stopped to help. It must have been clear that we needed help and I don't think we really look scary or threatening. One man did roll his window down to ask if we ran out of gas and when we said no he drove on! I guarantee that if that had been my dad, he would have stopped to help. Are people just so busy on a Saturday morning that they would leave several ladies on the side of the road clearly in need of help?
2. A couple of homeschool moms were trying our best to get the car out of the road to prevent an accident. No one panicked, cried or got angry.
My only regret: I so wish I had a picture of us four gals trying to push that SUV out of the road - what a sight!