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How bottles of water protect your tires

Here in Thailand, and in many parts of Asia, car owners protect their tires by placing full plastic bottles of water next to their tires. Why do you think we do it?

I only protect our S and SLK this way when we are going away on a trip in which we will leave our cars behind. Some people to it every time they park their cars.

There is a very good reason for this. Can you guess why?
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The answer:

Many dogs in Asia roam free. And, here in Bangkok you rarely see them on a leash. But, of course, they are not expected to pee in the house so they are turned to the streets (or, in the case of condos they wander into the garage) to do their work.

It is well known that in Thailand a male dog's favorite latrine is a car tire (we have so few trees here). So how, short of standing armed guards next to your car, do you keep male dogs from using your tires as a toilet?

Easy, you place a clear plastic water bottle next to each tire.

"And, how does that keep the dog away?", you might well ask.

Ahh...male dogs are like male humans: they are protective of their 'privates'. When a dog approaches the protected tire he sees some reflective movement in the clear bottle. And, he is therefore very reluctant to lift his leg over this unknown danger.....so he moves on.

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Good one.
Do you have any remedy for raccoons leaving muddy footprints on car roofs?
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Good one.
Do you have any remedy for raccoons leaving muddy footprints on car roofs?
Electrocution!
Hook up your car's body to an outlet
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That's a nice trick Corkscrew!
Just beware of thirsty people passing by!
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Heh, I would've thought it for honest people to use those and chuck them at people trying to mess up your car.

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car covers for indoor garage use..??? OCD much? lol

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car covers for indoor garage use..??? OCD much? lol
One end of the condo garage is open.....and Bangkok's notorious air can dirty a car that is just parked.

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One end of the condo garage is open.....and Bangkok's notorious air can dirty a car that is just parked.

oh ok.. if the air is that polluted, imagine what your lungs would look like...!!

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oh ok.. if the air is that polluted, imagine what your lungs would look like...!!
I was reading Corkscrews post at the Bangkok airport yesterday, only on transfer, did not have a chance to see the bottles in action :-( Funny story, but also interesting to learn local habits around the world.

My friend bought a book about Bangkok and they claimed it may equal to smoking 20 cigarettes a day when only breathing the Bangkok air. Don't remember if this was for worst days only. Is it really this bad? On the other hand, I have not idea how smoggy the air needs to be if it is supposed to equal this much smoking.
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