Recently got a ’13 Outback base model. Would love to upgrade the rims, but I really can’t justify it right now, so thinking about painting the steelies glossy black to see how that looks. Worst case I can just put the wheel covers back on, and it will prevent them from rusting too much down the road anyway. There isn’t too much rust now, so I figure I can get most of the prep done while they’re still on the car.
I’m curious to know from anyone whose done this as to how much of a pain it would really be to do all this only one wheel at a time? I don’t have jack stands, and I live in an apartment, so even if I did buy them, there wouldn’t really be anywhere to keep them. I appreciate any feedback you all can offer.
I just wanted to share my experience with you guys, because I feel like these kind of experiences should be shared to raise awareness.
My hands are still shaking after 1.5 hours from the incident.
Tonight, I was driving from the neighboring cities airport to my home, around 12 pm, after a family holiday and I asked my dad if I could drive, he agreed. As a fairly new driver on the road, I am the designated driver for these kind of easy drives to sharpen up my skills. Everything was going well right to the point where we were struck by a stone to the right side A pillar. I was going around 130 kph on the highway. As we approached said overpass, I saw a silhouette of a young man waving towards upcoming traffic from the overpass, slightly hanging from the bars and thought, no big deal, probably some drunk teenager trying to grab attention, for a split second right before I heard the loud bang on the windshield.
That piece of human filth threw a fist sized rock to our car and hit the right side A pillar. A few centimeters to the middle, that rock could seriously harm somebody in the car. And mind you, 130 kph is a serious speed.
This is the first time something like this happened to me and also it’s the first time I’ve ever heard anything like this is spoken of around me. I asked my dad to call the police, trying not to swear violently in front of my parents. Right after the toll booths, I stopped to inform the police. They said they would take a look at it but I doubt the criminals responsible for this incident will ever be caught. Also, according to the Turkish traffic law, this is not a “traffic accident” so I doubt we will be paid for our damage from the insurance company.
The windshield hopefully didn’t shatter but it is badly cracked and there is a fist size crater on the A pillar where the stone struck. Fortunately nobody in the car was harmed, we are all safe and sound. I can’t still shake off the fact that someone in the car I was driving could be seriously injured even though I was not to blame. I can’t unthink the scenarios that could happen if the stone was to hit anywhere else.
I actually saw 3-4 cars stopped on the shoulder after said overpass, I hope they didn’t experience what we did. Fortunately, the highway I was driving on was nearly empty.
I don’t want to call this a near-death experience but I am seriously shaken and doubt I will be driving for a while.
And I can’t shake off the fact that someone near my age (probably) could be such inconsiderate and indecent.
Stay safe Reddit. (Even though I don’t know how to avoid this type of thing)
TL;DR: Some piece of total human indecency threw a rock from an overpass towards my car while I was driving at 130 kph around 12 pm and the stone struck the A pillar. Everyone in the car is fortunately okay.
P.S. I apologize for any grammatical errors that occured during this story, I am not a native speaker.
The aftermath: https://i.imgur.com/1W9fMTA.jpg
The at-fault driver sent my insurance company a policy demand letter. My insurance company is persuading me to accept 10% fault and accept the demand. I am okay with this, though I believe the other diver was 100% at fault. However, I would like to know what the effect of this would be on my recovery when I send my own demand letter. Would my recovery be reduced by 10%? Please advice. Thank you.
My wife found a pretty good price on some rental cars but I told her we shouldn’t look into buying a previous rental car. I told her the reasoning was the old saying “drive it like you stole it.” Many people mistreat a rental vehicle since they know they are simply going to return it. What’s your take on it? She wanted Reddit’s opinion on this matter. Thanks for your advice!
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