Monthly Archives: September 2012

Oil & Filter Change


It’s that time again. I would think since coming in off the road, changing the oil & filter would get less frequent, and however, my commute still adds up to 1600 miles each month plus errands and lunch. That means this errand still rolls around every few months.

I’m trying a new service center this time. The local oil change business shut down some time ago, but a new one has opened up a mile from the house. It will be nice if they do a good job because of convenience.

I had to quit using the previous business in this location because they were careless. They changed the oil and filter but didn’t have a quality check process in place and I drove off with a loose drain plug.

I was 400 miles from home when the oil light came on. Yep, when I pulled the dipstick it was dry. No oil… It had all blown out leaving me broke down in Hale Center, Texas. Don’t know where that is? You really need to check a map to grasp the circumstances. Oh, and there are no shops in Hale Center. And after hours is worse. The nearest wrecker was 75 miles away.

I’ll save the rest of the story for later. I think they are about done.

Do we need to re-test drivers?

After a harrowing week of traffic (school started last week), I’m beginning to think requiring drivers to pass a new driving test every 8-10 years might not be that bad.

It might even thin out the number of cars legally on the roads by removing a huge group of people who obviously don’t understand merge, yield, stop, lane markings, and checking traffic before changing lanes.

My car brand has been appropriate these past few weeks. It’s a Dodge, and that is exactly what I’ve done lately. Dodging drivers who obviously don’t have time to be careful. They’re late for class and heaven help any who get in their way.

I’m still intact, and wish to stay that way, but complete attention is needed while behind the wheel.

Oh, and if you must talk or text on your phone, move over a few lanes so you can scare someone else. I’m growing weary of the game.

How’s you commute been?

The 100 most congested Texas roads

Just in time for Labor Day, the Texas Department of Transportation released a list of the 100 most congested highways in Texas. Not surprisingly, Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston fill out the top 30 spots with San Antonio showing up at 31.

Number 32, Stone Oak Parkway and Hwy 281 is one I must deal with every day on my commute into and out of downtown San Antonio. I knew it was bad, but to make this list confirms it.

Which problem area do you have to contend with on a daily basis? Is it in the top 50 or languishing in the bottom 50?

It’s not your GPS’s fault

Garmin Nuvi 760Have you ever wondered about the accuracy of your GPS? Well, there is good news from a recent study it’s your fault.

That’s right, it only works as well as you are smart. It’s the old, GIGO (garbage in, garbage out) problem.

That is sure good to know.