"I commend those individuals who want to store their cars for patriotic reasons. However, preservation is one thing and waste is another. Persons who are considering storing their cars for the duration to save tires should consider the fact that tires deteriorate when not in use. This is because normal operation of a car flexes the rubber and keeps it alive. Light—even artificial light—damages stored tires. All windows in the storage place should be blacked out and the car should be blocked up to remove the weight from the tires."
—Scientific American, August 1942
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