Speaking of driving our cars and not keeping them hidden away, there is a balancing act to be undertaken at this time of year between making sure your car isn’t neglected and making sure no more bits of it than usual are left trailing in your wake as you go off down the road.
Salt and water are the enemies of old cars and at this time of year both are spread over the roads like a generous slab of butter on warm toast. It gets everywhere.
There’s only so much time can be spent scrubbing it off your sills and only so much money you can spend on Waxoyl, so unfortunately we’re going through a bit of a sabbatical as far as driving is concerned.
That means, aside from giving the car the odd polish and topping up fluid levels, the only other thing to do is notice little things that cause annoyance, write them on a list, and do nothing about them.
One such thing which has been bothering me for a while is a tiny plastic cap which hides a screw on the driver’s door pull.
The little plastic cover that hides the screw went missing on a gravel driveway when I had the door apart a couple of summers ago, and it turned out to be the only part of the door I didn’t manage to successfully reassemble after the right amount of swearing.
I have since been trawling the internet for a replacement, and can only find the covers as part of a kit which also includes the rest of the door pull. That costs a tenner, so it shouldn’t have taken me nearly two years to save up the required amount of money and order the part – after all, even though I don’t need the handle, it could always go in my bag of spares in the garage, which even includes parts for cars I don’t own, just in case.
There are plenty of other things I’m quite happy to part with a tenner for without much thought.
These things include a bottle of wine, a small round in a pub, a book, the occasional packet of fags.
When you also consider the fact I’ve parted with much larger sums than a tenner on bits for a car that doesn’t even run (including leather conditioner – get it running first Tom!) it seems a bit odd that I’ve not got round to sorting the most trivial job on my list.
But I’ll probably spend the funds on Friday night and see what comes for Christmas.