Prepare Your loved Ones!!
Dear Dad’s, Grandpas, Uncles, Cousins & whoever else knows how,
Please prepare the girls (and boys) in your life with the tools and knowledge they need for roadside problems.
In my recent move across the country, my cousin offered to drive from Iowa to Colorado to help me pull a trailer to my new location in Texas. While pulling one of my trailers through the mountains, he almost got into a head on collision and fried his brakes. We made it to our destination for the night, but there was no way we could go another 12 hours without changing the brakes. Finding a repair place would have been expensive and likely set us back an entire day. My cousin, Ed, had a spare set of brakes and I had a trailer full of tools, so we agreed we’d fix them ourselves.
I’m 5’2”, 120 lb, female and have never changed a set of brakes, but my cousin has arthritis, so I was called to duty! Growing up nobody in my family has ever let size or gender be a factor in knowing how to do something. My dad and the men I’ve been surrounded by have always expected me to be right in the middle of everything no matter if we’re changing tires, oil, washing vehicles or fixing things on the side of the road or in the shop. They took the time to teach me how to use tools and equipment to fix and build stuff right alongside them. When I struggled, they let me struggle through it until I figured it out. Especially learning how to put a screw in straight. My dad, who is an electrician and uses a drill everyday, cringed with patience watching me de-thread screws and put them in at crazy angles, but he let me learn until the project was complete.
Because of that, when I had to step up to change the brakes, I had the confidence that I could do it without hesitation. I was able to take instruction from Ed, use the tools to take the tire off, pull the plugs, put a wrench on the socket handle for extra leverage to loosen the bolts on the caliper, get grease on my hands, jeans and hair and fix the brakes. Was it in record timing, not exactly, but we did get the job done! Even if he wasn’t there to give me the instructions, I believe I would have been able to figure it out through phone calls, pictures and YouTube!
Breaking down on the side of the road alone can be a scary feeling, especially for young females in today’s world. Teaching your daughters, wives, sisters, girlfriends, sons etc. how to fix things gives us ladies a feeling of confidence and strength. Creepy people are much less likely to take advantage of a someone who already has the tire half off with an impact wrench and toolbox sitting there than they are someone scared with no idea what to do. Some might even be intimidated!
Prepare your loved ones with a toolbox, but then teach them how to use the tools to fix common roadside problems. A toolbox is useless unless you know how to use what’s in it. Let them practice on their own and you inspect it. We don’t have to know it all, but we do need to know enough!
And ladies, if you don’t know common roadside procedures, LEARN! Don’t put yourself in a victim position. Nobody is more responsible for you than yourself. Ask someone to teach you the basics, prepare your own toolbox and learn what your vehicles are already equipped with. Don’t be afraid to take a self defense and/or concealed carry class to prepare yourself and keep yourself safe.
Tool Box Recommendations:
- Battery powered impact wrench
- 4-way (for when we forget to charge the batteries)
- Socket set
- Adjustable wrench
- Wood block to drive up on for changing trailer tires
- Screw Driver
- Pry Bar
- Tow Straps (especially helpful when you blow a trailer fender)
- Electrical Tape
- Extra Oil
- Ether (for diesels)
- Jumper cables
Please let us know if you have any other recommendations!