Run out to your car and start it up on a hot day. Then run back into your house to cool off with a cold drink, while your car’s air conditioner does its thing. Turn your television on and watch the latest news about global warming while you wait for the car to cool off.
Before starting out go around the car and let about 5 psi of air pressure out of each tire. You gotta to do it in hot weather so the pressure doesn’t build up too high.
It is a scientific fact that air expands, as it gets hotter. Lowering the tire pressure will give you more traction and make for a softer ride too.
Jump in your car and turn on the headlamps. It is safer to have them on, even in the daytime.
Scoot out your driveway. See how fast you can accelerate to the end of the block before slamming on the brakes at the stop sign.
Crank your windows down so you can yell at the children to clear the street. Leave the windows down.
Race downtown to the library, you got no time to waste. Park in the sunshine, so the car can warm up again. Check out twenty or so of the heaviest books that they have about the environment.
Stash the books in the trunk. You will have to shove that old car battery; you were going to recycle, off to the side to fit the books in there.
Speed to the south-side party store, for ice for your cooler. They are having a two for one sale. Save your money by getting two bags of ice. Better yet, save even more money by buying a second cooler and two more bags of ice. Load it all in the car.
Then zoom to the Super Store in the northern suburbs to use your coupon for bottled water to fill the cooler. Buy as much as you can carry because they are on sale, “today only.”
Then try to beat the red lights back downtown to pick up your clothes at the dry cleaners.
You friend Fred rings your cell phone for help. He damaged his bicycle and he needs your help to take it to the repair shop, two towns away. No problem we just tie the wrecked bicycle on the roof rack and off we go. Fred brings his sister Freda and her pal Albert along for the ride. Fill all the seats to make the trip more fun. (They say car-pooling saves money.)
Your cell phone batteries are low so plug it into the car, to charge up. Crank up the DVD player to get your music on. Keep the windows down to share the music.
Hit the highway to get to the repair shop fast. We don’t want to waste the whole day right. If we drive over 80, we will get there faster. Double check to make sure the headlights are on for safety.
Keep the automatic transmission in drive, not that OD thing. Using “DRIVE” will give you better control and quicker response to the gas pedal.
Put your foot to the floor to clear that hill as quickly as you can. Then brake hard to keep from driving under the truck ahead of you on the downhill side.
At lunchtime, skid into the fast food place a few miles off the highway. Inch ahead as the long line of cars moves slowly through the drive in window. Keep the music on, the windows down and the air conditioner pumping out cold air while you wait your turn.
Albert needs to go inside so park over there in the sunshine. Keep cool with the AC on while we wait.
I am leaving the story unfinished in the hope that your comments will add to it.
by Birney Summers – 2009 All Rights Reserved