Driving on the Wrong Side of the Road for a Good Reason
RAY: Of course, she wasn't worried about hitting another car. She was worried about the cement trucks. When they're leaving --
TOM: They're very heavy!
RAY: They ruin the road. So, the road leaving the factory, the right-hand lane, is ruined. It's full of potholes and it's all rutted. And the other side where the trucks are entering empty, the road is fine.
So, driving on the left-hand side of the road is better for her car. Who's our winner?
TOM: Our winner this week is Derek Tickle.
RAY: How would you like a name like that? It is an interesting name.
TOM: Derek's from Jonesboro, Tennessee, and for having his answer selected at random from among all the correct answers that we got, Derek is going to get from us a 26-dollar gift certificate to the Shameless Commerce Division at cartalk.com, with which he can get our brand-new collection of Car Talk lore called, Once Upon A Car Fire, The Greatest Stories Ever Told.
RAY: Now this is a collection of stories we've told on the air, right here on National Public Radio, believe it or no. And if these stories were on NPR you know that means what?
TOM: Yeah, we were using them to kill time so we could come up with an answer.
RAY: Right. But they're still good stories. Congratulations, Derek.
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