Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Do you have a Pet Peeve?
Automobile’s of Art:
My pet peeve....
Auto inspections, yep that is mine. At present 17 states require Vehicle safety Inspections. Two, Maryland and Alabama require an inspection upon sale or transfer. The big question to me is: Do safety inspections save lives? There is no solid study that proves lives are saved by the inspections that I can find. You can find contradictory studies. The problem is there are too many variables now.
Texting alone tops the actual safety of the vehicle. Weather also contributes. As an old guy I can remember running tires so slick they were showing thread. Not just me but many poor folk did. But most then were super careful, they knew the danger. Many cars you had to pump the brakes at least once to get enough pedal to stop. That is the actual truth, I have driven vehicles like that.
Oh yeah, and it was not uncommon to follow a vehicle and feel like you were behind a bug sprayer, it smoked so badly. Those three things, brakes, tires and oil burning are actually few and far between now.
That is a benefit of being a citizen of Florida and NOT North Carolina. I do not have to find a place the coach can be inspected, many inspection stations cannot handle it. Back when I did drive it in, the guy brought a sticker out, I paid the fee and he stuck it on the window. The diesel did not require the emission test. He did nothing and I did not fuss, I knew it was good. But I knew I had just paid 20-35$ for a window sticker.
I can remember when Florida had a VERY STRICT vehicle inspection, much like Virginia. They accepted the fact it was only more government income, not safety and dropped it.
Funny the other 31 states seem to be doing quite well. Without inspections. I would have no problem with what Alabama does. They require an inspection when the vehicle changes owners. That gives some protection to the potential buyer.
Anyway that is my pet peeve, does everyone have a pet peeve?
Ending on a funny:
BRITTANY (age 4) had an ear ache and wanted a pain killer. She tried in vain
to take the lid off the bottle. Seeing her frustration, her Mum explained it
was a child-proof cap and she'd have to open it for her. Eyes wide with
wonder, the little girl asked: 'How does it know it's me?'