Traffic Talk: Remember when there were 'service stations' to serve you?

Don Gammill: For those of you who've never heard of them, service stations were places where you didn't even have to get out of your car to get gasoline, oil or the tires filled with air.
by Don Gammill Published: December 10, 2012
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At a full-service station, Bubba remembered, you could get: a flat tire fixed, an oil change, new wiper blades, a lube job, a tuneup, a tire rotation, water for your radiator, a car wash, an inspection and some repair work.

Most of those items, of course, were for a fee, but you had someone doing the work for you, and he usually knew what he was doing.

“I also liked some of the things you could get if you bought so much gas, or if you had some other work done,” Bubba said, “like Green Stamps, or collector glasses, or kids' toys. Those were great places.”

Of course, costs were much lower “back then.” A gallon of gasoline today costs about the same as many of the services you could get then.

By the way ...

I asked Bubba if there was anything about today's do-it-yourself locations that he liked and he thought he would miss some day.

He thought for a minute, then said: “The hot dogs and cold drinks are pretty good. But I think I miss those full-service stations more than I would the hot dogs from the (quick stop).”

Me, too, Bubba. Me, too.

Enjoy your week and drive safely.

by Don Gammill
General Assignment Editor and Columnist
Don Gammill is general assignment editor and columnist. A native of Ponca City, he graduated from Central State University (now the University of Central Oklahoma). While in college, he was a sports stringer for The Oklahoma City Times....
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