… free air?
Recently, I got a call from my daughter indicating that her car was telling her that one of her tires was apparently low in air. Where could she get it filled?
Years ago, that wasn’t really a problem. Every gas station had an air pump like the one below and the air was free.
Not so anymore. Heck, it was really difficult to find an image that I could use here. There were lots of images available when you search but only a few with a friendly reuse license. There were lots of restored devices available for sale or auction!
You’d think I’d be able to just head out and take a picture locally. There are, unfortunately, only two public air pumps in town – one at the Circle K and the other at the Canadian Tire gas bar and both charge $1.50 to use.
Growing up, like I said, they were everywhere and we’d constantly drop in to make sure that our bike tires or soccer balls were properly inflated. Now, I have a hand pump in the garage to do the deed. My wife’s Jeep Renegade came without a spare tire but it does have an inflator device where the tire could be stored that plugs into the power outlet and inflates with a combination of sealant and air.
As for my daughter, she had pulled over on the 401 (!) and her tire looked inflated so she just drove it slowly to the next ONRoute where the air was free. We were nicely surprised because normally everything there is priced a little higher. I thought maybe she would have to pay $2.00.
So, your thoughts for a Sunday.
- If you were to find a low pressure warning today (hopefully not), do you know where your closest air pump would be?
- Would it be free? If not, how much?
- Do you own a personal air pump? I’ve never tried but can you use it to inflate a car tire?
- What sorts of things do you own / use that need to be properly inflated to use?
- Do you own a tire pressure gauge?
- PSI or KPA?
Please share your thoughts in the comments below.
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