Category Archives: Driving Rants

Tow Trucks And HotRods

I have somewhat of a philosophical thought to share today. You know when someone says stuff like you can’t have darkness without light or joy without suffering? I like to add my own twist to these maxims by saying “You can’t have hotrods without tow trucks.”

After I explain why I say this, it might become your favorite maxim too, especially if you love trucks and nice cars as much as me.

What is a hotrod?

A hotrod is a car you want everyone to see you in, not only because it’s beautiful to look at but because it means you know something about cars, which the ladies like. A hotrod is more than just a pretty showcase vehicle, because most of the value is under the hood as a hotrod can’t be a hotrod if it isn’t really, really fast. They’ve been modified beyond their origins to be more powerful.

What is a tow truck?

A tow truck might be the last vehicle you want anyone to see you in, especially if you’re a passenger and your real car is hooked on the back of it. But even professional tow truck drivers would prefer to drive a hotrod, or at least most of them. Other’s love trucks so much more than cars that they’d rather be in a tow truck anyways. A tow truck is a commercial vehicle that provides towing services, typically for their local communities. For example you can order a tow truck Scarborough service and get your car towed from one point in Ontario to another.

Why can’t hotrods exist without tow trucks?

Just like how light can’t exist without darkness because we’d have nothing to compare light to if darkness didn’t exist, a hotrod wouldn’t be anything special if everyone was driving one. But that’s not my full point. In reality, hotrods can’t exist without the whole towing industry also existing because, generally speaking, those who love driving hotrods need tow truck services more often than people who drive family sedans.

Imagine if NASCAR had to operate without tow trucks on the premises. It wouldn’t work, would it? Because once a car crashes it needs a tow truck to remove the wreckage. Hotrods are really fast, and create more accidents than enthusiasts like to admit. And that’s why tow trucks also couldn’t exist if no one was speeding and got into accidents. All they’d be doing is flat tire repair if that was the case, for collision towing is just as in demand as breakdown towing thanks to people who speed in hotrods.

So I hope this had made sense enough for you to see what I’m talking about here. Sure, a fiction writer may be able to hypothesize about a world where hotrods can exist without tow trucks, but it wouldn’t be our world. The two rely on each other like night and day.

is eating while driving safe?

Everywhere in the world probably has different laws and by-laws for eating while driving, if there are any laws at all. Let that be a disclaimer that I’m not actually sure if it’s legal in Canada or the US. But I know cellphone use while driving is illegal in many places across North America so to answer the question “Is it safe to eat and drive at the same time?” I’ll be comparing eating to cellphone use.

Many who think the laws against driving while using the phone argue that they have wireless speakers and microphones to answer calls with a button on their steering wheel, so despite the law they answer phone calls on the road. I’ve recently been in a car with someone who did this and it was noticeable how distracted he was from his conversation. When he should be looking out for people crossing the street he’s answering complex business questions.

Now compare this to eating. In a way, since you need at least one hand to eat, and you may be spilling things on your lap and looking down to make sure your your grabbing the right food from your container, eating while driving is even more dangerous then using the phone. This should make logical sense to everyone who reads it.

Once again I’ll repeat that eating while driving is more dangerous than talking on the phone because phones can be wireless but you need a hand and more attention to eat

Thanks for reading and stay safe out there!

Driving Across Vancouver Island, BC For Sport (My Story)

Last weekend was one the best weekends of all time. I had the pleasure of driving across Vancouver Island for sport with a dear friend from Victoria BC and we had an absolute blast. Just so I didn’t care if I dented my car I brought over my old Honda Accord 2001 and I’m glad I did because later in this post I’ll be describing a small accident I got into.

But let me start from the beginning. I gave that spoiler just to hook you, but just to be nice I’ll bold the part in this story when I crashed if you want to skip to the exciting part. We began our journey on the Saturday morning of July 3rd, 2021, and reached Tofino later than evening, apparently in record time according to my friend despite our hiccup. First of all, we couldn’t have chosen a better place for a cruise. The nature on Vancouver Island is unbelievably beautiful, which all of British Columbia is for that matter.

When we were just leaving Greater Victoria on the highway, we decided to take a longer route down some backroads. Eventually, after wending down tiny twisty roads we reached an area where there was no paving. Our tires were rumbling on gravel and dirt as, seeing no speed limit signs, we pressed on the gas and had a little fun out in the middle of nowhere.

This is when, coming around a sharp turn, I crashed into a tree which had fallen on the road. The crash itself wasn’t that bad–only got a medium sized dent on my front bumper with no injuries–but there was no way for us to continue down this road because the tree was in the way. I had only been going about 45 KM per hour, which wasn’t breaking any laws (I think) but was still too fast for such a bendy route, and my bumper was also up on top of the tree which caused my car to get stuck there.

We thought of calling a tow truck to get my Honda Accord 2001 unstuck but then realized that still wouldn’t solve the problem of getting past the fallen tree. So we decided to kill two birds with one stone and call a tree service Victoria company to come and remove the tree. Thinking of it now we probably could have called the city district to come and do it for no cost to us but that would’ve taken too long. And, besides, we weren’t sure if we’d get in trouble or not if emergency services got involved.

The tree service guy came quickly enough, knowing the dire state we were in. It’s funny that while waiting there on the dirt road for about 25 minutes no other cars came by, thank goodness. But one guy walking his dog made a funny remark that kind of irked me. Anyway, the tree service guy put a chain around the tree and pulled it off to the side of the road where he could dispose of it with his chipper, freeing my car with the same stroke, but causing slightly more damage to the bottom of my bumper. Of course, I gave him permission to do this first

Next thing I knew we were driving again, although much more carefully this time. And despite this hiccup, like I said, we still reached Tofino in good time. Once in Tofino, after seeing the gorgeous scenery of Vancouver Island, we spent the day beach hopping before finally settling with a hotel instead of camping.

If you love pleasure cruises and have never done this trip before, I highly recommend it. Just make sure you’re going no more than 30 KM per hour around bendy dirt roads to avoid my mistake. Despite that it was still one of the best pleasure cruises I ever experienced. I won’t be forgetting it for a long time.

Keep a Book in the Car!

Every once in a while we’ll be a sharing a driving related rant on our blog. This is the first one. This post could easily be about why people should read more often but I’ll wind it down to this: at least keep a darn book in the glove box so you have something productive to do while you’re waiting at the car wash or picking up a friend.

Too many times I see people in their fancy cars social signaling that their super smart and successful meanwhile they’re probably actually in loads of debt and I can tell this because when they’re waiting in their car they’re either just listening to music or scrolling on their phones. Sure, some of these people may be reading on their phones and learning but I know most of them aren’t.

Really smart and successful people use their time wisely and know that social signaling is a waste of effort and money. This is why the world’s richest people often dress like simpletons. Einstein wore the same clothes everyday so he didn’t waste precious brain power in the morning deciding what to wear.

So with all that said, please choose a good book and throw it in your glove box because it’ll come in handy!