Since I have had some issues with my internet service provider’s billing, I decided to stop by one of their offices. Yes, I tried the phone but they were reluctant to help. I thought a face-to-face visit might solve the problem, but no. I was greeted by a very friendly person, but that is as far as it went. The experience was a complete waste of time because the person on the other side of the counter gave me her minimum-wage’s worth of help. But, I digress.
Back to my story…
On the way out of the internet provider’s office I noticed this parked sad and lonely SUV with a flat right-rear tire. What struck me as odd was the ring on the sidewall showing evidence of severe wear. It is very obvious, this tire had traveled a long distance completely flat. So much so, that the sidewall material is showing through the rubber on the sidewall. Just imagine how hot this sidewall got too!
I suppose I am overly sensitive to stuff like this because I am very particular about the care of my automobiles. However, in today’s world there are so many people who ignore the basics of automotive care. Are drivers so oblivious they don’t notice issues with their vehicles?
Flat or under inflated tires are prevalent these days. I’ve witnessed on several occasions SUV’s (driven by millennial soccer moms) with kids in tow and yet the tires on these vehicles are either low on air or past their prime (sometimes both!). Then, I can just hear the conversations blaming tire quality when catastrophic failures like the one pictured above happen.
Can’t fix stupid.