I’ve never really understood the question, “What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten?” I’m always left wondering, “about what?” Sure, “look both ways before crossing the street” and “don’t take candy from strangers” have worked out pretty well so far, but they don’t really apply in every situation life throws at you.
When asked, I usually say, “Do the job right the first time” or “The correct tool makes all the difference”. But my favorite bit of wisdom would have to be, “A clean car is a fast car.”
I grew up racing with my brother and sisters and my parents were always on a very tight budget. Therefore, it was extremely important to keep our equipment in top running order. The way to do that was to check every nut and bolt as often as possible. Between heats we would always clean with one hand and inspect with the other. This attention do detail could reveal the loose bolt or worn part that might result in catastrophic failure… and it saved a DNF on more than one occasion.
To this day, I apply that same bit of advice to as many aspects of life as possible (even beyond racing and cars). “Cleaning your car to make it a fast car” helps you notice things that require special attention. Stuff that can be fixed now much easier than later.
What’s the best piece of automotive advice you ever received? Share some wisdom with us in the comments.
Have fun in your garage!