Dear Tom & Ray,
I'm a recent reader and find your columns very informative, interesting. Your sense of humor gets the message across very nicely.
Now to my pet peeve, I purchased a new 2004 Kia Amant. It is black and beautiful and despite what most experts say, I love this car. It is very quiet and rides beautifully. It only has 21,000 miles so far and I plan to keep it for a long time.
Perhaps I should be addressing this to a psychologist but I have a feeling you two have a degree in psychology as well.
The problem I have is with people who when they get in and out of the car, have a habit of slamming the doors shut as hard as they can. This kills me and it literally shatters my teeth when it happens. The doors are big and heavy and will shut with a gentle push or pull. Does this loosen the car's nuts and bolts and does it damage its body integrity? More importantly, How can I tactfully and diplomatically tell my passengers to please shut the doors gently. I don't want to hurt their feelings and also come across as rude . Would it help to put a small sign on the windows asking, "Please Shut the doors Gently"?
I have reminded my wife many times and each time she gets mad, rolls her eyes and tells me "It is only a dumb car" and I get the silent treatment for several hours. Would appreciate your help.