Monday was starting off a nice day. Got to sleep in, had my coffee and got ready to go for my 2nd lesson with Young Drivers.
The lesson went great. My instructor got called a few choice words (jokingly) as he decided to take me on the Queensway and downtown Ottawa. Young Drivers post coming later though. This is about CAA.
On my way home with my instructor he tells me he believes I could go for my test now and pass. Awesome but I want to get some more driving time in and I still have one more lesson with him. So I decide I will book my test for the end of the month.
Monday evening we get a baby sitter so I can go out and practice parking as it is currently my biggest weakness. It always takes me at least twice to park the car properly. We spend about 20 minutes practicing then decide to go to the Tim Hortons to grab coffee and head home as we told the sitter we would be home at 7:30.
When pulling into the Tim Hortons some ***** is wanting to turn left onto the street. I come to a complete stop to let him go first. Great for him you would think since I am stopping all traffic for him. Nope he refuses to budge. So I turn into this VERY narrow path and end up taking the curb.
We go inside to get our coffees and are inside for about 5 minutes. Come back out and as I am doing my “check” of the vehicle I spot this.
Tobei tells me he will drive up to the gas station which is just up the street. I tell him no and that we pay for CAA for a reason. So he calls CAA and I called the sitters mother to come pick me up so her daughter can go home. As we are waiting for saving I am telling Tobei I quit driving. First go round of driving I end up with no brakes. Second time, dead car and now this. In fact I shared these stories and more in my blog post beginning my driving journey.. again if you would like to take a read.
Thankfully when CAA showed up (took awhile as it was after all a holiday) we found out this was NOT MY FAULT. It ends up we had a nail in the tire (would explain the low pressure light on the dashboard) and when I took the curb it was just the right angle to dislodge the nail. I was very happy to hear this.
So ladies and gentlemen. Go get yourself CAA. Not only can you get great discounts on hotels, attractions etc. but it sure can come in handy when your car breaks down on you or you become friends with a nail. I bought it for peace of mind and was grateful for it. I was also thankful that this happened in a Tim Hortons parking lot. If you are going to be stranded might as well be at the coffee shop with free Wi-Fi.
P.S. I just realized this totally sounds like a sponsored post. It is NOT a sponsored post. It is one mother to her readers sharing why she thinks everyone should have CAA based on it coming in handy last night.