Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Dana asks: Car registrations are down and so are miles driven per car, unless I am in error. Yet deaths are skyrocketing. Is it nonchalance because people believe that they are totally protected in the new, “safe” cars we drive?
My reply: Deaths are up, but not “skyrocketing.” And yes, I do think it’s partially due to a decline in driver attentiveness and skill inadvertently resulting from the increasing reliance on idiot-proofing cars; i.e., making them “safe.”
I put that word in quotes for ironic effect. “Safe” has come to mean exactly what I wrote about idiot-proofing cars. Expecting technology to compensate for poor/inattentive driving – even to the extent of relieving drivers from having to become proficient at basic things such as parallel parking via automated parallel parking technology. In my opinion, a person who cannot parallel park a car manually ought not to be entrusted with a 3,500 pound moving object.
Reversing course would be easy enough.
Simply get the government out of the idiot-proofing business. Let the car industry make cars for drivers – and let the “safety” obsessed pay full price for the “safety” features they want but expect everyone else to help them pay for (by making them mandatory).
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