Sometimes I may sound harsh. My wife knows this well!
I sorta view our vehicles as $$$ on wheels
I drive really old Jeeps, my only warnings occur, each time I glance down at the gauges, or hear a different sound, or feel a unusual "feel". Or even once in a while, drive slow, my doors off (or windows down), radio off. Just listening! Even when you park somewhere, do it in a "clean spot", then when you return. Look for fluid leakage.
I also read any literature that comes with any device I must operate. If you will notice, at the beginning, it will usually say "READ THIS 1ST!"
Same applies for your vehicle. HAVE YOU READ YOUR OWNERS MANUAL COVER TO COVER. Or at minimum, have it right beside you, so you can reference things you do not understand?
I think Drivers would be much better off and SAFER, if not only were they graded on "Steering and Braking" and what "Road signs mean", but also should be graded on "EMERGENCY PROCEDURES", they should take when their car is having a problem (NOT WRITTEN, BUT HANDS ON, LIKE A PILOT, IN A SIMULATOR). ALL SHOULD BE REQUIRED, BEFORE THEY GIVE YOU A PIECE OF PAPER ALLOWING YOU TO "HURTLE DOWN THE HIGHWAY". WITH ONLY "FATE BY YOUR SIDE"
Way back, I reckon, this would be called "normal driving" and everyone should be "alert" to these things and KNOW EXACTLY WHAT TO DO, SHOULD SOMETHING ABNORMAL OCCUR!
Now over the years they make "Improvements" designed to "COUNTER NEGLIGENCE". Obviously still "Tuned Out" by the Operator!
If a cell phone can do it all. Surely they can make a vehicle that will not start until all "CHECKS and SERVICES" have been performed ON SCHEDULE, with a little cell phone screen, instructing you on "Exactly" what to do, in order for it to crank up, and you be able enter the "Hurtling Mode"
Did you know, you are supposed to pull Mr. Dipstick weekly. Even check other critical items more often than. When the man changes your oil? What if his cell phone distracts him at work, or he's texting. Your car would again, be neglected. YOU MUST STAY ON TOP OF YOUR STUFF. NO ONE ELSE WILL!
OKAY--back to your issue for a bit,
After your car "BEGGED" you to stop and investigate a critical problem,
YES, GIVE CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE! YOU DID RECOGNIZE IT! BUT THEN YOU IGNORED IT.(Sorta wasn't like you left your turn signal on.)
"Check Gauges" means one of these puppies ain't readin' right. Better find out why! (Usually popping the hood, and checking fluids, at minimum). Not, yeah, there still here, nobody has stolen them!
Now the issue has escalated into a more major problem. Possibly was avoidable,
I really hope you stopped when the "Hiroshima Atomic Plume", projected out from under the hood
This is where you come in, as I am here, and you are there!
Do you see oil or water in the vicinity of where the smoke came out?
When the car is cool, check your fluids see whats low or non-existent.
Maybe this is as simple as a hose, with a hole in it
Keep info coming!
I will still help, even if you don't like it!
I really am trying to help.I usually get ignored. Like a warning light!
I will also discuss the way I sent my Daughter Hurtling down the highway. Best I could. If you're "in" for the rest of my story.
Thursday, July 14th, 2011 AT 1:56 PM