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Roadside Survival: Low-tech Solutions to Automobile Breakdowns Paperback – March 19, 2014
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I bought five copies for my own children and grandchildren.
It reads quickly but immediately emphasizes how drivers can do themselves big favors by quickly becoming better prepared for the problems seen everyday on the roadways.
Walt has made this written record of recommendations based on his daily "good deeds assisting motorists he encounters locally". He has always helped out everyone he meets who is experiencing some type of auto breakdown. More importantly, these encounters almost always become "teachable moments" helping illustrate how the owner or driver might have avoided the problem with a bit more preparation before their trip.
Now I can tell the kids b,,"Be sure you check your trunk for the board you may need to place under the jack if you need to change a flat tire".
It was interesting to hear your experiences and how often each type of break-down happened.
It is very generous of you to give your time and expertise to help people. If I help anyone, I would also not expect to be paid, except for any fuel I would provide. People ought to pay for the gas they get. That's only fair to you. I especially hope you don't give free gas to people driving a BMW, Lexus, Mercedes, and the like.
We live in a self-centered world. When I stop to help a stranded motorist, even those content to wait for AAA, they often say, "Thanks for stopping, you're the only one." Our cities and towns could use a few more intentional neighbors to pursue this or similar hobbies that focus on the well-being of others.
Whether you're looking to be prevent becoming a stranded motorist or to help others, pick up this encouraging book. By the time you finish, you might even find your faith in humanity restored.
Roadside Survival: Low-tech Solutions to Automobile Breakdowns
by Walt Brinker
Summary: Two hundred million licensed motor vehicle drivers in the United States expose themselves routinely to significant risk while betting that they will not become stranded when they drive. There are two kinds of drivers: 1) those who have experienced a disabled vehicle (and will again), and 2) those who will for the first time. Drivers can decrease the chances that they will have a break down and become stranded. This subject may seem dry and boring – – until you have experienced being stranded and vulnerable to whims of anyone who comes along. Each year AAA responds to 30 million calls for help from stranded motorists, reflecting only a fraction of the total. Some folks learn only by experiencing inconvenience, embarrassment, and potentially serious risks. Others make the proactive choice to learn how to prevent problems and the methods to counteract them should they occur. This book provides you with the opportunity to avoid the negatives associated with becoming stranded
The Good: Automobiles are such a ubiquitous part of modern society, it is hard to imagine what would happen if they all suddenly stopped working. Like it or not, everyone who uses a car on a regular basis has had their share of problems and breakdowns.
The author goes out of the way to mention that automotive repair is his hobby and he has been doing this for quite some time, so while he may not be a “professional” in the traditional sense of the word, he has a great deal of experience in this manner. This helps to reassure the reader that they are not just being given advice that had been consumed off a webpage and regurgitated into book format.Read more ›
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As a drivers ed instructor, I find this a great resource for parents to read to remember the kinds of things they need to teach their children who are learning to drive.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent handbook, provided great tips and some interesting stories. Very simple and straightforward advice. As a woman with limited vehicle knowledge it is a great read.Published 3 months ago by Patricia hensler
Great Book. Lot of helpful advice. Used it during my Drivers Ed class.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
If you can read or even follow pictures, this book will help you to be prepared for common problems with a motor vehicle. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Turnipseed
On the interstate, alone, with a flat tire? Even if you have never touched a wrench, Roadside Survival: Low-tech Solutions to Automobile has your back. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Non Fiction Book Reviews
Walt's a cohort of mine in the "Highwayman" business - carryin instead of a sword and a pistol, a gas can and tire jacks :)
His book is EXCELLENT! Read more
Since Walt is a WP classmate of mine I would give him 6 stars. As an author, 5 stars. Well written and informative. Doesn't get any better than that.