This has to be one of the lamest excuses ever.
Knowing how to change a tire is a basic part of essential car maintenance. Had these teenagers learned this valuable lesson when they had a flat tire, they would have saved a fortune on repairs and replacement tires and wheels. In Victoria, Australia, a 19-year old teenage male was driving their Nissan Pulsar, (its closest equivalent in the US is the Nissan Sentra), when the tire got a puncture.
But instead of attempting to replace the tire or seek help, they continued to drive with the flat tire until they no longer could. Inevitably, it didn't take long before this caused serious damage to the sedan.
As you can see in a photo shared on social media by Victoria Police, the driver kept on driving until the tire disintegrated, causing the Nissan to ride on the bare wheel rim. Eventually, the car came to a halt on the highway, which is when police were alerted to the car blocking a lane in the early hours of the morning. When asked why they were driving on the wheel rim with no tire, the teenage driver and their 22-year old passenger "blamed society" for not teaching them how to change a tire.
"The driver and his passenger, a 22-year-old Ringwood man, both stated it was not their fault that they did not know to change a tire and blamed society for not teaching them," Victoria Police said in a statement.
As well as damaging their car, the teens were breaching lockdown rules in the area. Police also discovered the teenage driver was drunk, which probably explains their ill judgment of risking ruining their car by driving on the wheel rim. Both the driver and passenger were fined $1,652 AUD ($1,155) for breaching lockdown restrictions. The driver also had his license immediately suspended for 12 months and is expected to be charged with drink driving offenses.