Has anyone in west Texas had any luck with AAA auto club?
I'm getting to the age where I'm considering joining in case something happens when I'm away from home.
Twenty years ago I was a member for several years until I was stranded in a blizzard and needed to be towed out. They acted like they couldn't care less. I finally hung up and managed to get pulled out by a good Samaritan, after that I canceled my account.
Before I try again I thought I'd ask.
What I've been doing is carrying the business card of a towing company
that works around here. Since I would normally want to be towed
back here, I think they'll go even if I'm pretty far away.
If I wanted to be cautious, I'd print a list of the towing companies
around here, fold it up and put it in the glove box, in case some
don't answer the phone. The one I carry answers 24hours I think.
Oh, yeah, my GEICO car insurance included part of the towing cost, so
one Sunday night after I'd broken down 25 miles from home, I called
GEICO. They put me on hold while they talked to their towing company
in that area, and I should have insisted on a 3-way call, at least
when they weren't saying embarrassing things. But at least I got the
name of the company. They woudn't have told me if I hadn't asked.
Before I left the car I had hid the key somewhere, and I told the
woman on the phone, but Monday afternoon comes, I haven't gone to
work, and the gas station where I wanted it towed never called, so I
called them and they said the car never showed up, so I called the
towing company and he said they went out to my car, found the car, but
didn't find the key, so they dropped the matter. Why didn't you call
GEICO and have them call me? Oh, I dunno. Anyhow, I told him
again where the key was, and they towed the car on Tuesday and didn't
ask for any money from the gas station, so I guess they settled for
what GEICO gave them and didn't get the rest they would have been
entitled to for 25 miles. Which is fair, IMO.
Until I was 64, I'd only been towed 3 times. Plus two or 3 times I
broke down and repaired the car where it was. Four times I ran out
of gas but coasted into the gas station. Four other times I ran out
of gas and went and got some.
Lately it's been worse. Three tows in the last 4 years , in two cases
to my house. In one of those cases, I had to tow it again, to a
reliable guy who had to have a consultant find the elecrical short. An
actual short, in the engine compartment, hard to see. The other
case, towed to my house after an accident. Replaced lower right
front control arm, ball joint, right half axle. Biggest repair I ever
did on a car. Good thing too, because soon I'll be too old.
My family is AMA member. Also our cars are covered by road side
assistance being fairly new cars. I only needed help while I was
towing my camping trailer with 1 ton van. In the middle of no where,
steady bearing went out. Whole family spent over night at a road side
On Fri, 20 Nov 2015 16:23:43 -0800, "taxed and spent"
Me? Why me? I've never belonged to an auto club and the only time I
called the insurance company, they did a bad job.
(BTW, I assumed that their not billing me for the extra miles was a
"bribe" or a payment so I wouldn't complain to GEICO about what a bad
job they did. And I didn't complain.)
Other times I forgot about:
Lent the car to someone. He ran a stop sign in a school zone, hit
broadside. Calls me and starts off "Where should I have it towed?" I
ran a mile to get there, tow truck already there, they towed it to
their gas station where I got them to pull the fender away from the
tire, and then the car pulled leff but it ran.
Times that I could have called a tow truck: Flat tire in the rain
when I had to be at a political meeting for a candidate I was working
for, and I didn't think I should look like a water-logged dog, so I
drove 2 blocks on the flat to a gas station, that changed the tire for
me. My tire was ruined.
Flat tire. Couldn't get the lug nuts off, tightened too hard by air
wrench, so drove three blocks to gas station. (no phone nearby
anyhow) My tire was ruined.
Around five years ago when I had to change a tire, it took me 90 minutes. By the time I was done, I thought I would have to call 911. My back was hurting so bad I had to lay down for 5 days to get over it. It's gotten worse since then. It was on a dirt road, and I had to use two jacks and a big rock to get it high enough to change the tire. The car has new tires all around, but it's getting old and I don't want to buy a new car. I hope this one will last till I'm done. The battery went out yesterday, while I was home, fortunately. Also, a special clamp on the battery broke. I was able to find and modify a clamp from another battery. If I hadn't been home at the time, it could've been more of a problem. I'm kind of wary of the new cars with all the fancy computer gadgets and what not.
Yup, cars are more electronics than mechanics, LOL! I took a delivery of
new car this week. Had to drive it home on an icy road. Manual for
infotainment system was thicker than basic owner's manual. I could have
run flat tires as an option too but I did not. I just passed my 75th
Bday last month. A young senior, LOL!
The rule now is the "three second rule".
That is the time it takes for your car to reach the point where the car
ahead has just passed.
Here in Delaware the law calls for 4 seconds.
Never heard anyone getting arrested for breaking it.
A while back and under cover Elsmere cop van was tailgating my wife so
she sped up to increase the distance and cop turned on siren, pulled it
over and ticketed her for speeding.
She was too sheepish to tell me as she had a previous speeding ticket
Wish I had known as I'd have fought it.
I drive the speed limit on our back roads. If you want me to speed up,
you'll have to push me.
Thats too hard to figure. I like the old rule better....
I had a cop tailgating me on a country gravel road, late at night, with
no other traffic around. I pulled over on the shoulder. Instead of
passing me, he turned on his red and blue lights and walked up to my
car. He said "are you having a problem". I said "YES... THE CAR BEHIND
ME WAS FOLLOWING TOO CLOSE AND BLINDING ME WITH HIS LIGHTS IN MY
That cop was lost for words..... He asked for my license, looked at it
quickly and told me I could leave!
That's my policy too. Most tailgaters will continue to "ride your ass"
no matter how fast you go. Sometimes I slow way down, hoping they will
pass me. If they continue to ride my ass, I usually just pull over on
the shoulder, until they do pass. Tailgating is a pet peeve of mine. I
wish it was legal to install a flame thrower on the rear of my car!
On Sat, 21 Nov 2015 13:44:52 -0600, email@example.com wrote:
True. I've tried to measure time for other reasons and it's hard, hard
to tell when a car passes a landmark, hard to know how much time has
gone by. (I've tried to learn to count off seconds accurety but i'm
not as accurate as I want.)
At night on a two lane road a cop must have been behind me. He pulled
me over and told me I was driving badly, wobbling. I said I was
fine, no nothing to drink, and he looked at my license and left. I
had no idea what the problem was until I started up again and reached
for the M&M's I was pouring one at a time into one hand while I held
the steering wheel with the other.
So the cop really was observant .
On 11/21/2015 2:44 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
1) Nice going, about the tailgating cop.
I got to the top of a hill one time, big sign said
TRUCKS USE LOWER GEAR. I down shifted, and went down
the hill at what I considered a safe speed. At the
top of the hill, a cop nearly slammed me in the
tail. At the bottom he lit em up, and we chatted.
Asked why I was going so slowly, 27 or so in a 55.
Well, this hill really scares me, and I consider that
a safe speed.
2) I'd also like a flame thrower. Also a set of
lights in back to courtesy blind tail gaters with
super duper head lights turned too high.
2a) Like the tailgater on the exit ramp, the bright
light people won't get the point and won't have their
head lights turned down.
Christopher A. Young
learn more about Jesus
When people tailgate me, I often slow down until
One time on exit ramp, I tried speeding up and
slowing down a couple times, guy was still on
my bumper. I finally slammed on the brakes, and
did almost a complete stop before going again.
Got onto the highway. He pulled out to pass. I
let him. Kept a safe following distance. He
slammed on HIS brakes. I gently let off the
gas (had a safe following distance, you see)
and barely had to change my driving. That's the
nice thing about keeping a safe following distance.
I'd dare to guess he never did get the point
about not tailgating cause it's unsafe. Probably
spent the rest of the day cursing me, too.
Christopher A. Young
learn more about Jesus
You don't need to be within 2 feet to "draft".
2 seconds behind a flatbacked van trailer at 55-62MPH can give you a
significant mileage boost but you need to be on your toes.
IIRC 2 seconds is about 100 ft - where you should save 20% of fuel due
to drag - while the safe following distance at 55mph is 150 feet.
On Sun, 22 Nov 2015 08:12:21 -0500, Stormin Mormon
When an 18 wheeler is tailgating, getting just far enough ahead to
give you "scramble space" and lock your brakes - it'll cost him a set
of tires from "flatsiding" them and could cost him his job.
At the very least, he'll need a change of underwear.
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