Saturday, January 10, 2009

Follow the leader

Some people are just not very good when it comes to being the lead car in a 'follow me' scenario. Case in point the guy I was supposed to be following today. It didn't start well - he turned out of a side road in to heavy traffic without and consideration for the fact that I was following him. It took me another minute or so to get a gap in the traffic by which time he was long gone. I pulled over and called him up. He told me where he was so we met up again, and off we went. It went better this time - we got half a block before he cruised through a red light in front of me. I stopped and this is a particularly long red light. By the time it had gone green again, he'd made his way on to the motorway, so I just gave up and drove home. It took about another 20 minutes before he called me up from 30 miles away to find out where I was.
If you want someone to follow you, give some consideration to that as you drive. Use your common sense.

1 comment:

twotires said...

I raed your article on oil and vehicle care. I must say as a collector, ex-racer, home mechanic, and muscle car was very good! I have used every substance know to man in planes, boats, cars, motorcycles, and jet water craft. I make notes on all oil usage between changes, visual checks, and yes even oil analysis. I have pushed oils of mineral, semi-synthetic, full synethic just to see where their limit of assured reliability is, and I use then general rule: Older infrequently used vehicle without fresh rebuilds I have had great luck with "High Mileage" type oils as they contain a low amount of synthetic and seal conditions. My 40+ year old Buick "Duce 1/4" w/ 430 cu in bare that out.....runs perfect, never repaired, has 114K on the odometer. Low stress engines, new, I use my own synthetic blend of 50% syn and mineral. Oild analysis demonstrates low metal content and long life, and have never seen sludge....period. For higher performance, and occasional use vehicles (My Shelby, MustangGT Conv.) is use 100% synthetic and change them once a year in the Fall when driving them falls off, or twice a year if used more often.

I have used this technique for 40 years with zero problems. Want to save money, 50% is great, and cosnoder Walmart as their contract product is Valvoline.