Thursday, August 20, 2009

Project 365: Day 139


You know what sucks? What sucks is that we had to get our car fixed and when the mechanic finished fixing it he told me that I should be aware that my alternator may break soon. He explained that it wasn't throwing a charge to the level they like to see but it is OK for now. So, of course, I asked him how one might predict when an alternator is about to break, so that I could bring it in BEFORE it breaks. He told me that you can't predict it, but I will know when it is broken because the check battery light will go on. Then, after further questioning from me, he told me that after the warning light goes on, I will have just enough battery power left to pull over to the side of the road. So, now I feel like every time I drive the car, I have the potential to become stranded with a busted car. I HATE this feeling! Since it is a $450 repair and an old car, we are not really interested in repairing it preemptively, so I have to learn to cope with it.

I have identified a few possible ways to help make myself feel more prepared for a random breakdown and all around less stressed out about driving what I feel is now a ticking time bomb. For starters, I signed both Paul and I up for AAA. I am planning on starting an emergency knitting project that I can leave in the car in the case that it takes AAA a long time to come with a tow truck. I also make sure that every time I drive somewhere I have my cell phone in my bag. Somehow these things make me feel a lot better.


  1. Ugh that sucks, my car has broken down so many times I can't even remember! Yay for AAA though, we've had many a free tow from them.

  2. That's too bad you already signed up for AAA! Not to "Should" on you, but Better World Club is way better! Look into it--the Car Talk guys support it and there's a 10% off coupon in your Blue Sky Guide. You can also get road side assistance for your bike if you get a flat, etc. Maybe next year? Good luck with your car!

  3. Bleh! What a horrible feeling ... I'd be losing my mind with anxiety. I think AAA was a super idea, so glad you did it - especially if it helps your peace of mind.

  4. I've had great luck with AAA, too. Just read the fine print, they may not come to your rescue if you're on a toll road. When I broke down on the Thruway in NY state I had to have someone tow me off the next exit and then have AAA tow me from there. Good idea with the knitting project!


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