A study that took place back in 2016 revealed some interesting results, specifically showing that nearly 60% of drivers said that they felt confident in changing a tire.
That number begins to dwindle down further when honing in on millennial drivers today.
So it comes as no surprise then that a young driver based out of east Tennessee was somewhat dumbfounded when it came time to change their own tire this week.
Now in the defense of the young driver involved, it also was extremely dark that particular evening and was to the tune of 34 degrees. These aren’t exactly the ideal conditions to pick up a new skill via Google for the first time.
Yet, what happened next has managed to tickle down social media’s proclivity for the trolling of young people, particularly Millennials.
Call it divine intervention, or perhaps happenstance, but whatever the case was; the young person’s saving grace had arrived.
Two cops that were driving by had stopped and realized the driver’s strange dilemma and decided to “teach an inexperienced driver how to properly change a tire,” according to a Kingsport Police Department Facebook post.
Kingsport is about 100 miles northeast of Knoxville, near the Virginia border.
According to the social media post provided by the Kingsport Police Department:
“Rather than simply do it themselves, they patiently got down on the dirty pavement with the young driver and showed the safe use of the jack and the appropriate lifting points. An old proverb said it best: ‘Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.’”
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Social media puns aside, you can’t help but be appreciative of the fact that two officers on duty had decided that they would lend a hand to a struggling roadside motorist.
These are exactly the kinds of acts that help establish the kind of rapport communities should have with police; acts displaying that they’re literally there when you need them.
With regard to the driver whose name and age were not released on the social media post, it’s likely that they were extremely appreciative. It goes without saying that people who saw the act oneline were also pleased. One Instagram poster stated that “Kingsport PD is the BEST,” While another user posted that they were “Proud of our thin blue line.”
The officers involved with the act of roadside assistance were identified as Toby Wells and Dillon Moyers, and a photo shared by the department shows the two standing over the driver, offering guidance.
Department officials could not be reached by various media outlets curious about the interaction, but a local TV station called WJHL reported that the department declined to elaborate further.
The official statement outside of the quippy online posting on Facebook and Instagram was one of a humble approach, saying:
“None of our officers would personally want a fuss made over them for doing a simple act of kindness,” according to the news station that was quoting a department official.
Several people online have shared the department’s social media posts about the incident on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Of course, the critical ilk have opted to blame the young driver’s parents for a lack of tire changing knowledge.
Corey Harris posted on Facebook the following comment:
“Thanks to the officers for assisting and not being content with assuming this young person should already know how to do something.”
Bruce Anthony Howard was a tad more critical than Harris, noting:
“This is what dads are supposed to teach their children. I guarantee my kids know how to change tires.”
Whether tire changing is a skill learned over time or one passed on down from parents, it is great to see our officers there to help when not just great calamity strikes, but when someone just needs a hand.
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