Monday, September 24, 2012

Check your oil?

Time was, service station attendants used to check your oil while they filled your car with gas.  I remember because I used to do this as a teenager.  We also used to check tire pressures.  Actually, neither service made sense since, to be accurate, both engine oil (for wet sump engines) and tire pressure should be checked when the car hasn't been driven for a while, not when it has just pulled in for gas.  This ad is from 1965.  I guess we know better now, since gas stations don't do this anymore.  

For a company started in 1901, the collapse of the once might Gulf Oil was messy and painful, a story of sleaze and greed pitted against harsh economic realities. Read more here.  Progress is fine...