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Old 12-03-2014, 03:24 PM
Location: Huntsville
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Originally Posted by ovi8 View Post

There are MANY things people should be doing but do not because of time or effort. It's called a calculated risk. Same thing is in play when you cross the friggin street and a car speeding around the corner behind you could hit you. Give me a break and spare the dramatics. Let's take a poll to see how many of us here on this Automotive forum actually walk around their car every time they get in. You are indeed special if you do that each time. As for the rest of your family and all the husbands, wives, and teenagers - clearly BS.

Not an exaggeration on my part. We were taught this from an early age and all stick to it. I stick to it because we grew up poor and drove old vehicles that required a decent amount of maintenance. So we learned to make sure tires were good, oil was checked, etc... It's a habit. My wife's grandfather was a car dealer before he passed and her father owns a body shop. She was taught the exact same thing and she checks her own vehicle as frequently as I check mine over.

My kids are in the vehicle with one of us all the time. I'd rather spend a few minutes checking everything over than risking my kids life because I'm lazy. Not to mention, most of the vehicles I have owned have never broken down on the road because we keep an eye on everything and find things BEFORE they become an issue and take care of them.

Calculated risks are one thing. Negligence because you are too lazy to take ten seconds to give things a once over is a different animal. Crossing the street, you can SEE the accident about to happen without much effort. Failing to at least check your air pressure once a week is laziness and is not a calculated risk. The tire could be low and you could be risking your own life because you'd rather a light tell you to do something than taking initiative to do it on your own.

You may think it's an exaggeration or pointless, but luckily for most of us not everyone follows this train of thought. I spend just a couple of minutes looking everything over. It takes almost no time out of my day. If you are in such a hurry that you can't spare 2 minutes, that's on you.
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Old 12-03-2014, 07:40 PM
Location: Long Island
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^ While I'm reading that whole thing, I'm thinking to myself - wouldn't it be great if something were invented that automagically told me when my air pressure actually dropped?

Wouldn't it be great if our homes had alarms when smoke or CO is detected? Those would be real lifesavers too, but then that's too dependent on technology perhaps.
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Old 12-04-2014, 05:15 AM
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Read !!

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Old 12-04-2014, 07:54 AM
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Originally Posted by need4speed2012 View Post
TLDR. Can I get a cliff notes version
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Old 12-04-2014, 07:59 AM
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A little sidebar: The sales rep I was dealing with had no idea what Tire Rack was. I was price matching with them and he had a hard time finding their website. I literally had to spell it out to him: T-I-R-E-R-A-C-K-.-C-O-M

Still couldn't get it. He just gave up and gave me discount.
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