The Diary Of The Phantom Tire Buyer – Entry #19

Dear  Diary

A Web Log from A Phantom Tire Buyer with a Secret Identity

December 6, 2018

Alignment is so crucial!  And now, I’m noticing that others are getting the message.  The other day I was turning the rotary dial on my Philco television set when I happened upon the broadcast of a game of sports.  Apparently, in the football sport – if you are improperly aligned you are actually penalized!

Now I take a back seat to no one in championing the importance of proper alignment.  But a penalty?  Isn’t lack of handling and safety and improper tire wear punishment enough?  Why rub salt in the wound?  I say education is the answer.  Pull that team aside and patiently explain WHY proper alignment is so crucial!

It is tempting though, to don the costume of a referee and blow my whistle if I see a vehicle that I suspect is out of alignment.  Hmmm…

Learn more about alignment!


The Diary Of The Phantom Tire Buyer – Entry #18

Dear  Diary

A Web Log from A Phantom Tire Buyer with a Secret Identity

December 3, 2018

I have been remiss in my diary duties of late due to a nagging cold.  Nothing serious, mind you, but I’ve been relegated to watching television in my lair.  It’s black and white, and doesn’t pick up the UHF channels very well.  But, I’ve learned a few things from my viewing:

  • There certainly is a lot going on in Chicago.  Medicine, fires, you name it, it’s happening there.
  • There’s a certain roofing company that can save you a l-o-o-o-t of money.
  • The football sport seems awfully popular.
  • During the day people shout at each other a lot. Sometimes it’s in court rooms and sometimes it’s in front of an audience.

The good news is that I’m starting to feel like my old Phantom-self again!  I think tomorrow I’ll hop into the Phantomobile and visit my friend Mike at Tire Discounters!  He always seems pleased when I appear!

Top 10 List – Winter Car Prep

In preparation for the cold winter months, many drivers begin to think about winter weather driving and the dangers that it can bring. Even if you have had your car for a long time and feel very comfortable behind the wheel, sometimes the unpredictable conditions on winter roads can catch you off guard. Tire Discounters wants you to feel ready for the change of season by providing you with the top ten list of things you can do to prepare for winter driving.

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Importance Of Windshield Wipers

Wet Stopping DistanceOne of the most important safety factors when driving is a clear field of vision. According to the Federal Highway Administration, the inability to clearly see the road, other vehicles or potential hazards is the leading contributor to automotive accidents and personal injury.

When the seasons change, and the number of daylight hours are reduced, the possibility of an obstruction blocking your clear field of vision is significant. What if you are caught in a rainstorm, or a snowstorm, get splashed by mud or simply run into a swarm of locusts?

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The Diary Of The Phantom Tire Buyer – Entry #17

A Phantom Tire Buyer with a Secret IdentityDear  Diary

A Web Log from A Phantom Tire Buyer with a Secret Identity

November 20, 2018

Well, the holidays are upon us once again.  Many curious people ask me how a Phantom Tire Buyer with a Secret Identity spends his holidays.  Do I prepare a feast in my lair?  Ha ha.  No, the holidays are times when my secret identity self celebrates with all my loved ones.  Yes, like everyone else, when I get home (my real home, not the Phantom Lair) and I hang up my cape and glasses, I try my best to relax and devote my full attention to friends and family, whose identity must remain secret.

Oh sure, sometimes the Jacksons, who live just across the street on Sentinel Lane, will stop by for a non-alcoholic wassail.  They always josh about calling my number, 555-6754, before coming by, but I assure them that it’s not necessary among good neighbors!

The Diary Of The Phantom Tire Buyer – Entry #16

Dear  Diary

A Web Log from A Phantom Tire Buyer with a Secret Identity

November 14, 2018

Well, my good compadre Mike over at my local Tire Discounters certainly “pulled one over on me” as they say.  When he asked me if I liked Big Bucks, I replied that I did.  I seldom use slang terms, but I felt confident in following along with Mike’s idiomatic usage.  Well, the joke was on me!  Because just yesterday I saw a billboard with huge buck DEER on it!  I had to chuckle.

Little did I know that he was talking about saving large male deer!  Not to worry, though, as I’m planning to get back at my good friend.  I remember when I was a young lad in the schoolyard and a friend asked me to pull his finger.  I did so, and everyone laughed and laughed.  So, next time I see Mike, I’m going to ask Mike, innocently enough, to pull MY finger.  I’m sure everyone will laugh, though I’m not sure exactly why.

The Need For Winter Tires

Did you know that car experts recommend using different tires during different seasons? You might be asking yourself, “Should I really replace my tires twice a year?” When tire experts advise drivers to outfit their cars with winter tires during the winter, they aren’t saying you should throw out your summer tires! What you should do is properly store them until next summer.

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The Diary Of The Phantom Tire Buyer – Entry #15

Dear  Diary

A Web Log from A Phantom Tire Buyer with a Secret Identity

November 2, 2018

Some people think that I, as a Phantom Tire Buyer with a secret identity, must have a vehicle that always operates in peak condition.  Hah, I say!  Vehicle maintenance is an ongoing process, and even the Phantomobile can fall prey to the evils wrought by everyday wear and tear.

Just the other day, I was on my way to the supermarket for some raw lentil beans when suddenly I felt a very slight pulsing when I applied the brake.  I didn’t panic, for there was a Tire Discounters close by!  They leapt into action (after carefully running diagnostics tests) and replaced my front rotors.  I was thrilled to once again be driving a Phantomobile with maximum stopping power!

In retrospect, however, I may have become a bit too excited.  After parking at the supermarket, upon exiting my vehicle I couldn’t contain my joy and shouted “I can’t feel a pulse!  I can’t feel a pulse!”  Well, some concerned bystanders apparently misinterpreted my cries.  I’d like to sincerely apologize to anyone at the 911 call center who was unduly alarmed.

5 Key Ingredients to November Vehicle Prep

The turning of the calendar to November signals the start of the busiest time of the year. From fall school activities wrapping-up before the holiday season to honoring our fine men and women on Veterans Day to spending time with family and friends on Thanksgiving. The month of November is a month packed full of important events and celebrations. Vehicle prep is not usually on anyone’s radar. more “5 Key Ingredients to November Vehicle Prep”