It can happen to anyone, and more than likely, it will at some point.
A little bad luck here and there is just a fact of life. No matter what route you take, there's going to be a time when something happens.
If you say you've never had an unexpected misfortune while making a trip, I offer this: You just haven't had your turn yet.
For instance ...
I got a chuckle out of your story recently about having a flat — and a flat spare — on your short trip years ago that forced you to dismantle part of your wife's car and cross a busy highway during rush hour to get it fixed.
I can imagine how you felt when that happened. I felt fortunate that I had never done that and that I have been pretty lucky in all my years of driving.
Then, two days after reading your story, I ran out of gas on a country road and had to call for help. When the auto club guy brought me enough gas to get me back to town and had left, I noticed I had a five-gallon can of gas in the bed of my pickup. Then, it hit me. My son had brought it to me that morning for the riding mower and I had forgotten about it.
Talk about feeling foolish. I know, I know.
I should have checked my fuel gauge — and my pickup bed — before I set out. You can bet I will now.
When something like that happens, John, just consider it a lesson to be learned and don't repeat the problem.
Oh, one other thing. You might not want to tell too many people about it.
At least, not until some day when you write your own newspaper column.
Then, maybe they laugh with you, not so much at you.
By the way ...
Here's another suggestion from a reader that we're passing along.
There needs to be some, or more, or better signage for Westbound NW Highway traffic approaching the Interstate 44 overpass and the #1 accident intersection in OKC: Belle Isle.
If a motorist isn't familiar with this highly confusing maze, they are clueless and vulnerable.
Check it out. See what you think.
Enjoy your week and drive safely.
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