In the US we have a distorted sense of personal independence and personal freedom, and tend to overlook the basic fact: like bees and ants and only a handful of other animals, humans are a communal species.
We could not survive by ourselves, and would be instantly thrown back to the stone age if we tried. We depend on each other more than we want to admit.
I had a similar experience a few years ago. When Im walking through parking lots I cannot help but notice things like cracked windshields, doors not fully closed, soft or flat tires...
I noticed a BMW with both tires on the passenger side nearly flat, just as the driver, a little old lady, was walking out of the store to the car.
I also felt hesitant to approach her, being the stranger on the street that she might feel was a threat. I had to be as nice as possible to tell her the tires needed air immediately, and there is a gas station right across the street, without making her feel vulnerable or that she was about to be wonked over the head.
So... yes, you want to do everything possible - I wanted to follow her across the street and make sure her tires got properly inflated, and not just point out a dangerous situation and let her flounder to resolve it... But I understand what you mean. Its a very delicate and fine line.
And no we are not heros for helping each other. It is necessary, not optional.
When I was younger I use to carry most of my tools in my car (because my cars were mostly old and I did not want to get stranded), along with a gallon of water, a fire extinguisher, a tow chain, and when I had my dirt bike there was often a container of gas in my vehicle. If I saw a woman on the side of the road I always stopped to offer assistance, because I knew if I stopped to help her then nothing bad will happen to her.
I gave away a lot of gas over the years, put out 4 car fires, towed or pushed many cars out of the lanes of traffic, and sat in my car waiting for a tow truck to arrive, just to be there and not leave the person alone.
Maybe cars are more reliable these days, or maybe its because everyone has a cell phone, but I dont see stranded drivers hardly at all anymore.
Last edited by KCW; 10-17-2017 at 08:13 AM.