A bit of a rant and a bit of a comment.
I was transporting a car out of storage that had been sitting for 13 years. (1981 El Camino, in case you are interested)
After sitting for that long, obviously I had some concerns.
I put a new battery in it, checked the fluid levels, (all were good) and it fired up fairly quickly to my surprise with 13 year old gas in it.
My other concern was the 20 year old tires that I stored it on. I switched out the old tires for a new set. That is were I made my mistake, the one thing I forgot to do was to re-torque the lugnuts after driving a few kilometers.
(In fairness, I was quite exhausted after the work of pulling it out and switching the tires as it was quite a hot day (at least for me))
Roughly 50 km into the 200 km trip I started hearing a noise coming from the rear. I figured it was just from being stored for 13 years and the wheel bearings needed a little more grease.
A few km later, I hear and feel a bang and skid to a stop with what I think is a blown tire.
After getting out and inspecting it, I see that all the wheel studs on one tire had sheared off and then I realized that I had not re-torqued the lug nuts and one of the wheels had fallen off. No way I was going anywhere without a tow. :mad:
A few phone calls later (I had my smart phone with me), I managed to locate a flatbed that could tow me (It was 10:00 pm) as well as a nearby garage who could fix it (the next morning) and even a hotel to spend the night close to the garage.
The only problem was that it was going to take the flatbed truck an hour+ to get to me so I had an hour to wait with an obviously disabled vehicle on the side of the road. I put my 4 ways on and even found a triangle set in the car to put out for visibility.
In that hour I was waiting, I counted at least several hundred cars, SUVs, and large haul trucks pass by. ( It was surprisingly busy for that time in the evening).
Not a single one of them stopped or even made an attempt to stop despite my obvious breakdown. In all fairness, They couldn’t have done much and I had a tow truck coming but I was surprised that no one stopped to see if I could use any help even if it was to ask if I was okay.
When I had several similar types of breakdowns roughly 10 - 15 years ago in the same area, about 1 in 10 vehicles would stop and ask if I needed any help.
A few conclusions that I made.
Most people assume that virtually everyone driving on a highway has a cell phone of some type these days and can call for help, if needed (which I did)
Police (I didn’t see any in the hour I was waiting) are too busy with other accidents, or too short staffed to respond to every broken down car in an hour.
Society in general have been conditioned to NOT stop for strangers broken down and call the authorities instead of getting involved.
Of note, the tow driver had no problems getting my car on his flatbed and I got it fixed with new studs the following morning and I finished my journey a day later than anticipated. - Now to finish getting the fluids changed, and a tune up tomorrow.
Just surprising the general change in attitudes over the last 15 years. A lot more cocconing I see, I think is the term.