Saturday, September 5, 2020

Adjusting To The New Normal

 BY SCOTT MORGANROTH

It didn’t take long for me to find the third COVID-19 most recent trend.

Today, my wife and I decided to get an oil change on our Jeep and it was a unique experience that I could actually get used to. 

How would you like to sit in your vehicle rather than be in a waiting room to get work done? 

I actually enjoyed this as it only took 25 minutes from start to finish to get an oil change, along with other routine maintenance. This worked out so well that we were able to get some unexpected shopping done.

Things aren’t always going to be this easy because as we know, the work at an oil change facility is below ground and it’s very simple. They had a portable air conditioner in our vehicle as you’ll see in the photo so we didn’t get too hot.

We all know that there are germs in waiting rooms. 

There are more people to come in contact with, plus it’s more difficult to social distance. You don’t know who is touching the coffee machines. 

You don’t actually know how sanitized the establishment is. 

But at least there is the comfort of being in your own vehicle.

In the past three weeks, we’ve had tires replaced on two vehicles and plan on doing the same for a third as a smart entrepreneur decided to open a remote business. His prices are comparable to the other retail outlets as well as Costco. 

Simplicity is the name of the game these days during these unprecedented times. 

It doesn’t always work out that way especially if you have older vehicles as you have to endure long waits at repair shops and in dealerships.

Fortunately for us, all of our vehicles are newer and are under warranty. There is no way around the maintenance. 

Even a bicycle has to be maintained by lubricating the chain and taking care of the tires.

But if you can get into a situation that reduces risk, then you get resourceful and find ways to stay safe.

Scott Morganroth can be reached at southfloridatribune@gmail.com.

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