First things first, I would just like to point out that I am not going to be turning this article into some feminist rant about how us women should be equal to men and therefore treated accordingly. And the answer to the title question is obvious, of course women are capable of changing a flat tyre, if we have been shown how to. The same would apply to a man, if he has been shown how to change a tyre then yes he will know how to do it, but if he has not then chances are he won’t have a clue. In some respects I feel slightly more sorry for the male species as it is somewhat expected of them to just know these things.
Picture the scene if you will; it’s a wet Tuesday morning, I’m already late for work so am rushing around like a headless chicken, but it’s fine cos I’m taking the car instead of the tube today as I have heaps of heavy paperwork to get into the office. I manage to shove a piece of half cooked dry toast into my mouth whilst silmultaneously shoving an arm through my blazer and hurtling out of the front door like Usain Bolt out of the starting blocks. Keys, check, paperwork, check OK, start engine, move into gear, release break, cue thumping noise, minor panic, stall the engine. This is not looking good. I hop out of the car and have a look around and to my horror I spy a flat tyre. I can hold my hands up and say without a shadow of a doubt that I do not have a clue about changing a flat tyre. However, I am also the kind of girl who does not like to admit defeat, after all it’s not as though I’m being asked to change forklift truck tyres now, is it?
I must admit, my gut reaction was to phone my dad up and start blubbing down the phone to him, but what an annoyingly typical girl thing to do. So, instead I got my phone out and googled ‘how to change a tyre?’. What I found made me feel a lot better about myself. In a survey conducted by Green Flag, it was revealed that 81% of female motorists did not know how to change a tyre. No real big surprises there. According to Colin Luhrs, who is head of technology at Carlisle College, which offers motor engineering courses, “It is probably true nowadays of men and women. But men want to be seen to be doing something, they are more keen for people to think they can fix things”.
In doing my research, I discovered that there are specific course available for women to improve their car maintenance skills. I bookmarked the page, adamant I would get myself booked onto a course that very evening, then looked up the number for the AA. The AA man got it changed in no time at all and made me feel a lot better by informing me “that actually it’s a lot easier for them as they have the right tools for the job and I wouldn’t want to go getting oil all over my fancy blazer now would I”. Hmmm OK so that was incredibly condescending and under normal circumstances i would have completely let rip,but I was already ridiculously late and he had after all been my knight in shining yellow armour. That battle could wait.
So in conclusion, yes women can change a flat tyre, most of the time though we just don’t want to!