I was getting off the highway yesterday afternoon when I felt my front passenger side wheel begin to rumble. I instantly knew my tire had finally failed. I had been waiting for it to happen for about a year when I recognized the tire was in bad shape. However, I decided to ignore the problem. I told myself I’d take care of it one day, someday. Another day won’t hurt anything. On the side of a highway, it finally blew.
I’ll be honest, I’m terrible at preventive maintenance. I chose to push something more and more until it fails, and then I’m left with empty hands and usually an emergency. An expensive emergency at that. By waiting until failure to fix a problem, I am left spending more. Emergency tow, plus new tires, had me at about 150% of what new tires alone would have cost. This practice of getting to the ragged edge and trying to hold on as long as possible can only lead to a total meltdown.
In life at large, I need to get better at preventing complete failures by simply performing a little preventative maintenance. How can I expect long-term success if I don’t take care of what I have? How can I expect to get anywhere if I don’t have tires that work?