About 1964 I bought a 1957 Dodge Panel truck for two reasons: we needed a second car and planned on buying a house and moving.
I tooled around town with it for a while, even on the expressways, I took it to my local Exxon garage for an oil change and the tech asked how the front wheel bearings were. I told him to go ahead and check them. They fell apart in his hands!
They were virtually dry!!. So I learned from that to never take bearings for granted. And to think my Dad sold bearings!!! My guardian angel was with me on that one. This was before seat belts, too.