Q: A quick shoutout to the driver of an older Dodge minivan on Highway 17 on Thursday morning. He was flashing his headlights behind me, and I thought he wanted me to pull over so he could pass. I was going with traffic in the fast lane, and that didn’t make sense.
When I arrived at my office, I realized I had a nearly completely flat right rear tire. Obviously he was trying to alert me. I want to thank him for his attempt. I regret I didn’t pick up on his signal.
Do you or your readers have any suggestions for alerting a driver to such a hazard?
Peter Gallagher, Campbell
A: I do, but first there’s more to your story
Q: After replacing the damaged tire with the spare, I took the flat to a shop. There was one other customer waiting, who had seen me earlier on Interstate 880 and tried to alert me by blowing his horn. Same intent to warn me, but a different approach from the first guy.
It makes me feel good that there are others out there willing to try to help out another motorist.
Lesson learned: Even if your tire pressure monitoring system has “cried wolf” on you several times, as mine has, don’t ignore it!
A: It’s good to hear they were trying to help you. As a signal, honking can confuse other drivers and possibly lead some to road rage, unfortunately. Flashing your lights quickly and frequently usually works better.
Q: I’m Wayne Meyer’s sister. Wayne is the guy who met his future wife in a driver’s ed class in high school. You asked what kind of driver he is. I say he’s an aggressive driver but no accidents.
He is almost 9 years older than I am. Once when I was little, riding in the back seat of his car, I overheard him say he thought his rear end was going out. Every time I got in his car I rode in fear the back of his car would fall off with me in it.
Christine Meyer Kingsland, Milpitas
A: Thanks for the chuckle.
Q: I remember being elated to see in your column that 17/880 through Los Gatos was scheduled to be repaved this summer. But we are in August and there are no signs of work on this stretch. I assume the schedule has slipped, so do you know what the current ETA is?
David Knol, Los Gatos
A: Fear not. Repairs are scheduled in September from Summit Road to at least Lark Avenue.
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