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Old 01-12-2020, 05:17 PM
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In the 70s and 80s, you could see cars broken down on the side of the road constantly.
Today, cars don't even break down. Spark plugs go 100k miles at least.
EFI eliminated the idea of a "tune up"
Cars is basically maintenance free until 100k miles today.
Back then, cars were junked at 100k miles.
Today, the average car on the road is 12 years, the longest on record.
Today's cars utterly destroy the trash of the past.

This past week I counted the cars apparently left roadside and those sitting with flashers on that were clearly awaiting help.
Things I never saw in the old days? Or things that are handled differently these days? Or a mixture of both?

The number does seem to have decreased over the years, I will agree with that 100%

The problem and thing I can not agree with is what you consider to be the only reason why.

You see years ago a break down was a much worse process for many people.
They couldn't just make a call and get a tow truck and a rental car delivered to the next exit and swipe a credit card even when they don't have the money to pay the bill.

Cars simply don't sit at roadside like they used to because many states now have abandent vehicle laws that they didn't have years ago.

Tow trucks are a much cleaner ordeal and once loaded onto a flat bed you don't notice them in traffic nearly as much as we used to. Remember a wrecker is towing with wheels on the ground and needs to have lights on a flat bed can load with lights on and as long as it's not an accident with a dangerous load they drive without once it pulls away.

The local garage was always along a main road as they also sold fuel and needed to be seen in order to get out of town customers. As we drove past we saw all the break downs build up in the lot every day as we drove past.
Now within 28 miles of me there is only one garage that still sells fuel and is along the main road but they don't do repairs, just tires, breaks and inspection. The other does repairs but doesn't sell fuel, being a friend of mine and knowing his business plan well he doesn't leave the break downs all pilled up in his lot but uses a secondary lot a few blocks back on a less traveled road.
The rest of the repair shops have moved out of town to property that not everyone will pass and even those who do can't always see the break downs pilling up threw all the trees.

So tonight a quick trip into town we saw a break down. I said to the wife if they are still there on the way back we will stop and offer assistance. Drove 3 more miles, got fuel,smokes and dog food. Then he headed home, as we turned out of the parking lot the tow truck was already on its way to tow the break down (remember that cell phone) no need for those folks to walk the 3 miles just to search the local yellow pages for a towing company and call from a phone booth, not even an issue giving directions for the driver to find them with gps giving exact directions. This most likely resulted in how many less people even knowing a car broke down today as most in the store grocery shopping Didn't get a chance to see it as it broke down and was towed away before the even filled thier cart.

Almost forgot my count of break downs was 4 for the week.

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Old 01-12-2020, 05:30 PM
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Almost forgot my count of break downs was 4 for the week.


4 for the week? shoot, I see more than that during a single commute.



The great irony is when I snagged that picture of the X3 on the side of the road, I was tailing a 1982 Cutlass that sailed right by.



In all honestly 30% of all cars I see on the side of the road are BMWs, and 50% are current model year vehicles.



Any vehicle can break down, and when that happens, is usually the operator's fault.
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Old 01-12-2020, 05:43 PM
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4 for the week? shoot, I see than during a single commute.

The great irony is when I snagged that picture of the X3 on the side of the road, I was tailing a 1982 Cutlass that sailed right by.

In all honestly 30% of all cars I see on the side of the road are BMWs, and 50% are current model year vehicles.

Any vehicle can break down, and when that happens, is usually the operator's fault.
I only drove into town 4 times this week and most of that was traveling at night. There was more at roadside but No Hood up or flashers I didn't count as a break down.

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I only drove into town 4 times this week and most of that was traveling at night. There was more at roadside but No Hood up or flashers I didn't count as a break down.


Makes sense. I almost never see flashers and waiters, only abandoned vehicles, some with the famous white tee shirt.


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You don't see the hood up anymore because there is no " how to put your hood up" video on the Millennial Channel

How many drivers can't open their hood ? 30-40%
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You don't see the hood up anymore because there is no " how to put your hood up" video on the Millennial Channel

How many drivers can't open their hood ? 30-40%
That or the vehicle has gone so long without the release cable being exercised that it snapped.
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I would think itís more likely to be broken from overuse or a poor design.
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