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Old 08-31-2019, 09:46 AM
Horatius is offline
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Ottawa, ON
Posts: 1,263
Here's one: Flat tires. Tire technology has become so good, they're much more rare than they used to be. I had one friend years ago whose tire was so worn down you could see the steel belting*, and yet it didn't go flat. I've only ever had one flat, and that was because, unbeknownst to me, a screw penetrated the tire, and then I parked with the tire in just the right position to have the screw open a small hole for the air to leak out.

As a kid in the 70s, I remember my dad changing tires far more often than I ever have. "Oh, no, a flat!" used to be a standard plot point in movies and TV. Not so much any more.

*Yes, his family were just that clueless about cars. I'll tell you the battery light story some other time.