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2013-05-10 11:00:33 AM  
It never ceases to amaze me to see someone stopped virtually in the middle of traffic, risking death, with a flat, like somehow their car will explode if they drive 200 yards to the next exit to safely change the tire.

Even if you shredded an alloy wheel, it's still worth a LOT less than your sorry-ass life, and the lives of anyone in the car, or anyone who might hit you.

What do the teach in Driver's Ed, anyway? How to sit inside the car?
 
2013-05-10 11:23:15 AM  
markie_farkie:

What do the teach in Driver's Ed, anyway? How to sit inside the car?

If drivers around here are any indication, they teach how to apply makeup while talking on the phone and sending text messages.
 
2013-05-10 11:26:19 AM  

markie_farkie: It never ceases to amaze me to see someone stopped virtually in the middle of traffic, risking death, with a flat, like somehow their car will explode if they drive 200 yards to the next exit to safely change the tire.

Even if you shredded an alloy wheel, it's still worth a LOT less than your sorry-ass life, and the lives of anyone in the car, or anyone who might hit you.

What do the teach in Driver's Ed, anyway? How to sit inside the car?


Not sure who this fictitious "someone" who you've seen virtually stop in the middle of traffic is, but personally I've had a tire blow on the highway, going about 70MPH.  When I did pull over to the right lane, the wheel had shredded the tire so there was a separate detached circles of rubber and then the rubber that's actually attached to wheel.

It pulled my car pretty heavy to the front passenger side wheel that popped.  I consider myself a pretty good driver and I can say I had to grab that steering wheel real hard and overcompensate for the side that kept pulling.  I can see how people would be freaked out by that.

Plus changing a spare on the side of the highway is not too much fun.
On top of which, I was driving my girl to the airport and had to have a friend come pick her up from the side of the road to get her on time for her flight.
 
2013-05-10 11:29:06 AM  

FloydA: markie_farkie:

What do the teach in Driver's Ed, anyway? How to sit inside the car?

If drivers around here are any indication, they teach how to apply makeup while talking on the phone and sending text messages.


Drivers ed was a blast... I'd bring a small radio with me for the 'course' b/c they had the radios wired off.  That way I could listen to music while we drove around in the two circles and between cones.  Good times.

I think I got a B in that class because the teacher hated that I tried to do every maneuver as fast as I could.  Aced all the exams though.
 
2013-05-10 11:43:31 AM  

NostroZ: markie_farkie: It never ceases to amaze me to see someone stopped virtually in the middle of traffic, risking death, with a flat, like somehow their car will explode if they drive 200 yards to the next exit to safely change the tire.

Even if you shredded an alloy wheel, it's still worth a LOT less than your sorry-ass life, and the lives of anyone in the car, or anyone who might hit you.

What do the teach in Driver's Ed, anyway? How to sit inside the car?

Not sure who this fictitious "someone" who you've seen virtually stop in the middle of traffic is, but personally I've had a tire blow on the highway, going about 70MPH.  When I did pull over to the right lane, the wheel had shredded the tire so there was a separate detached circles of rubber and then the rubber that's actually attached to wheel.

It pulled my car pretty heavy to the front passenger side wheel that popped.  I consider myself a pretty good driver and I can say I had to grab that steering wheel real hard and overcompensate for the side that kept pulling.  I can see how people would be freaked out by that.

Plus changing a spare on the side of the highway is not too much fun.
On top of which, I was driving my girl to the airport and had to have a friend come pick her up from the side of the road to get her on time for her flight.


Oh, no, people are dumb enough to stop in the middle of the road if a tire goes flat... usually the same ones who don't obey the "minor fender benders pull to the shoulder" law some states have.

I don't think I've ever had a blowout, but the last flat tire I can remember was doing around 75 in the left lane, noticing the truck driving a little funny, pulling over, and seeing the damn rim sitting on the ground.

Also, the fun in changing tires on the side of the interstate all depends on which side it's on and how wide the shoulder is.
 
2013-05-10 11:54:18 AM  
Only I didn't say "fudge".
 
2013-05-10 11:55:57 AM  
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2013-05-10 11:57:04 AM  
Keeve: Only I didn't say "fudge".

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2013-05-10 11:58:11 AM  
Couple of hundred yards?
www.scientificamerican.com
stupid boots, always inflatin'
 
2013-05-10 11:59:18 AM  

ChipNASA: [i.chzbgr.com image 500x375]


Just fix the damn thing and keep my personal life out of it.
 
2013-05-10 12:10:11 PM  
I think you can go 2,000 mi. So, can you go a lot further than I think?
 
2013-05-10 12:15:02 PM  
You know what's going to look like a blown-out radial in a couple of months?
 
2013-05-10 12:17:14 PM  

Valiente: You know what's going to look like a blown-out radial in a couple of months?


...Ariel Castro's anus?
 
2013-05-10 12:17:50 PM  
I wanted to read the whole article...I really did. Even with flash block, ad aware and ghostery I STILL got a pop up in the middle of the third paragraph.  Closed it and the page refreshed to the top.

No.  I will NOT struggle to read this.
 
2013-05-10 12:28:52 PM  

markie_farkie: It never ceases to amaze me to see someone stopped virtually in the middle of traffic, risking death, with a flat, like somehow their car will explode if they drive 200 yards to the next exit to safely change the tire.

Even if you shredded an alloy wheel, it's still worth a LOT less than your sorry-ass life, and the lives of anyone in the car, or anyone who might hit you.

What do the teach in Driver's Ed, anyway? How to sit inside the car?


My first lesson, I learned how to change a tire (after steering into a sewer grate).

/Best friend sitting in back was no help, as she spent the entire time on the ground, laughing hysterically.
 
GBB
2013-05-10 12:29:02 PM  
On my way to Tallahassee, I had a flat right went I transitioned from the FL Turnpike onto 75-N.  I pulled over either under the bridge of 462 or 475, I don't remember which.  The full sized spare in the truck was flat, too.  So I called FHP to see if they could send Road Rangers with an inflator.  No luck, they don't operate on 75.  So FHP shows up and tells me that the next exit it quite far, but there is an inspection station just before; they might help.  So I limp about 5 miles on a flat to the inspection station and they can't help.  Then I limp another couple miles to exit 341 and inflate the spare.  If it wasn't for the fact that the side wall was what initially failed, I was told that the tire was still in good condition considering I drove 7ish miles on it flat.

/Now I check my spare before long trips.
 
2013-05-10 12:30:10 PM  

ChipNASA: [i.chzbgr.com image 500x375]


Your posts are often disturbing, tangent or disgusting. They rarely have anything to do with the topic at hand and add nothing to the conversation other than your sick need to be recognized. This sophomoric behavior has resulted in me putting you on my favorites list. I hope you are happy with yourself.
 
2013-05-10 12:33:17 PM  

studs up: ChipNASA: [i.chzbgr.com image 500x375]

Your posts are often disturbing, tangent or disgusting. They rarely have anything to do with the topic at hand and add nothing to the conversation other than your sick need to be recognized. This sophomoric behavior has resulted in me putting you on my favorites list. I hope you are happy with yourself.


I agree. Actually, I believe ChipNASA was my first.
 
2013-05-10 12:45:47 PM  

enry: ChipNASA: [i.chzbgr.com image 500x375]

Just fix the damn thing and keep my personal life out of it.


Hehe, good song -- no, great song.
 
2013-05-10 12:49:41 PM  

NostroZ: markie_farkie: It never ceases to amaze me to see someone stopped virtually in the middle of traffic, risking death, with a flat, like somehow their car will explode if they drive 200 yards to the next exit to safely change the tire.

Even if you shredded an alloy wheel, it's still worth a LOT less than your sorry-ass life, and the lives of anyone in the car, or anyone who might hit you.

What do the teach in Driver's Ed, anyway? How to sit inside the car?

Not sure who this fictitious "someone" who you've seen virtually stop in the middle of traffic is, but personally I've had a tire blow on the highway, going about 70MPH.  When I did pull over to the right lane, the wheel had shredded the tire so there was a separate detached circles of rubber and then the rubber that's actually attached to wheel.


Yeah, that happened to me at the entrance to the Champlain bridge (Canada's busiest) during evening rush hour. I did not want to stop right then and there as there is no shoulder, so I drove to the middle of the bridge where an old toll plaza offered a safe place to pull off. The tire was destroyed, but I found the rubber doughnuts actually protected the wheel from any damage. 

It pulled my car pretty heavy to the front passenger side wheel that popped.  I consider myself a pretty good driver and I can say I had to grab that steering wheel real hard and overcompensate for the side that kept pulling.  I can see how people would be freaked out by that.

That's your problem right there !

IMHO, drivers who are freaked out by a blown tire are patently incompetent and should take remedial driving courses. Seriously. Think of all the poor souls who were killed when the Firestone tires on Ford Explorers came apart. There is no reason for any of those SUVs to have landed upside down in a ditch because of a damaged tire.
 
2013-05-10 01:01:20 PM  
This leads me to an even bigger question.............WTF happened to FARK?  It used to be a cool place to go when you needed some comedy relief.  Now it links me to articles about driving on flat tires, lame buzzfeed (partner????) lists and there's rarely a headline that's even remotely funny.


Sorry, Drew.  I'm outta here.................
 
2013-05-10 01:07:31 PM  

masintenn: This leads me to an even bigger question.............WTF happened to FARK?  It used to be a cool place to go when you needed some comedy relief.  Now it links me to articles about driving on flat tires, lame buzzfeed (partner????) lists and there's rarely a headline that's even remotely funny.


Sorry, Drew.  I'm outta here.................


4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-05-10 01:21:55 PM  
Fortunately, it's possible to "drive several hundred yards before you irreparably destroy the tire," according to Car Talk.
I made it about 5 miles on one. Apparently I had run over some glass and the tire was on the other side of my car, so I didn't see it. I was driving all about town (55 was about as fast as I got up to) and I noticed my car was pulling to the right, but no other weird sounds. I figured something had dicked up my alignment. When I stopped I saw my tire was compleately flat. The inside of the tire had lots of shredded rubber, but no damage to the wheel.

CSB:
Driving my work truck down the highway, and saw a car pulled over with a flat, so I pulled over to help. It was some young girl in the car, so I put out my cones, and ask her if her spare tire was also flat. She said her car (new model) didn't have a spare tire. I asked her if she took it out, and she says it didn't come with one. I told her to pop her trunk and follow me. I go around to the back, lift the trunk liner, and to her utter astonishment there is a spare. She says she doesn't know how to change the tire, and I offer to help her with it. She says thanks, and goes back and sits in the car.

I walk up to her door, and ask "uh...what are you doing?" she says 'you said you'd change it right? I'm waiting.'. "Uh no. Thats not how this works. I said I'd help you. This helpless thing might work when you're young and cute, but that's gonna wear off very quickly, you really need to know how to do this"
So I hand her the jack, show her where to put it, show her how to crack the lugs loose (I considered letting her jack the car up first, and THEN try and loosen the lugs since that's how I first learned not to do it that way, but decided to be nice), and how to assemble the jack. "Now take this wand and start cranking." (I let her do a bit and then broke out the hammer drill for the rest of the work) I then handed her the spare to put on and told her to put the flat tire in the trunk. 'It's heavy!' "Yep, that it is. Bend at the knees, not the back" Then I walked her through the last of it and told her to keep it under 50mph and 50 miles.
She didn't seem overly pleased at this learning process, but I like to think I did her a favor.

/Surpisingly no 'thank-you' BJ for me.
 
2013-05-10 01:33:29 PM  

masintenn: This leads me to an even bigger question.............WTF happened to FARK?  It used to be a cool place to go when you needed some comedy relief.  Now it links me to articles about driving on flat tires, lame buzzfeed (partner????) lists and there's rarely a headline that's even remotely funny.


Sorry, Drew.  I'm outta here.................


That's awful.

You should demand your money back.
 
2013-05-10 02:01:48 PM  
THe answer to that question depends on what i'm driving. If the Focus, i'm sure i could get a couple of miles out of it since it's a light car.

If the jeep, i can drive until i'm outta gas. 12,000lbs worth of D load range tires uninflated on double bead locks means the wheel never touches the ground and i won't lose  bead. .
 
2013-05-10 02:22:29 PM  

capt.hollister: It pulled my car pretty heavy to the front passenger side wheel that popped. I consider myself a pretty good driver and I can say I had to grab that steering wheel real hard and overcompensate for the side that kept pulling. I can see how people would be freaked out by that.

That's your problem right there !

IMHO, drivers who are freaked out by a blown tire are patently incompetent and should take remedial driving courses. Seriously. Think of all the poor souls who were killed when the Firestone tires on Ford Explorers came apart. There is no reason for any of those SUVs to have landed upside down in a ditch because of a damaged tire.


Yea, compensate for... but anywho, driving SUVs is tough for me, since I take turns fast.
Once I was driving a buddy's SUV on the highway off ramp and swear that I felt two wheels take off from the ground.
 
2013-05-10 03:11:45 PM  
A few hundred yards? I've driven home from another state before I noticed, was tired and thought the potholes were just unusually large. Of course the tire was a goner, but there didn't seem to be significantly less control when a back tire went.

Front tires are obviously another matter.
 
2013-05-10 05:07:31 PM  
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2013-05-10 06:17:13 PM  
Real-world data indicates an effective travelling distance of 375 miles on a flat tire; also the approximate distance from Pittsburgh to Allentown, PA.
 
2013-05-10 07:46:30 PM  
every flat i've ever drove on ruined the tire. so i guess i dunno what the point is here.
 
2013-05-10 11:09:05 PM  

NostroZ: capt.hollister: It pulled my car pretty heavy to the front passenger side wheel that popped. I consider myself a pretty good driver and I can say I had to grab that steering wheel real hard and overcompensate for the side that kept pulling. I can see how people would be freaked out by that.

That's your problem right there !

IMHO, drivers who are freaked out by a blown tire are patently incompetent and should take remedial driving courses. Seriously. Think of all the poor souls who were killed when the Firestone tires on Ford Explorers came apart. There is no reason for any of those SUVs to have landed upside down in a ditch because of a damaged tire.

Yea, compensate for... but anywho, driving SUVs is tough for me, since I take turns fast.
Once I was driving a buddy's SUV on the highway off ramp and swear that I felt two wheels take off from the ground.


So, you might end-up being amongst those who manage to park an SUV on its door handles or roof in perfect weather and with no apparent mechanical cause. High centre of gravity, etc...  Still can't use a blown tire as an excuse, though.
 
2013-05-11 01:31:38 AM  
if you don't have power steering blowing a front tire can be a biatch.
so I've heard anyways.
 
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