posted on Feb, 28 2014 @ 11:17 AM
I first got behind the wheel of a car when I was 3 years old. It's kind of a funny story... My mom loaded me and my sister into the car, and we
were off to see my grandparents. She got halfway up the driveway when she realized that she had forgotten her purse, so she stopped the car, got out,
and ran into the house. It was really cold out that day and I didn't want my mom to walk in the cold, so I hoped into the front seat, put it in
gear, and drove the car up to the garage for her. I stopped, put it in park, and hopped back into my seat. Mom wasn't impressed!
Now I grew up on a farm and like most farm kids, I started driving the farm truck around the ranch when I was very young. I also had a go-kart that
I'd rip up the land with. So driving has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, and I take it very seriously. It is after all my
favorite thing to do. Nothing makes me feel more free than getting behind the wheel and hitting the black top. I'll drive for days, going nowhere
in particular just because I can. The thought of having to give up this freedom makes me want to burn the Earth. That might be a bit harsh, but no
one is taking away my only joy!
I look at all the technology that is going into cars today and it makes me cringe. The automobile manufactures are intentionally sabotaging my
favorite hobby! Blind spot monitors, accident avoidance systems, ABS, vehicle stability control... All these things that make cars "safer" are
making drivers less attentive. They are forcing us into automated driving systems by encouraging drivers to NOT DO THEIR JOB!! I mean, why bother
turning your head 70 degrees to the right before changing lanes when the computer monitors the lane for you? Who cares how close I am to that bumper
in front of me, my accident avoidance will save me from my stupidity. I don't even need to check my oil because that nice lady always speaks
through my speakers every 3000 miles to remind me it's time for service. These things are destroying the essence of driving. I see new drivers
learning how to drive in these vehicles and they learn how to drive by letting the car make all the important decisions. Then their parents buy them
a cheap Honda Civic which doesn't have these systems and the poor new driver doesn't have the skill necessary to handle the car. The next thing
you know, people start crying for MORE automation in cars. But we need to face the fact that driving in inherently dangerous and it's up to us to
pay attention to what we do behind the wheel.
We need to teach our kids how to drive the old fashioned way; the way I learned. Put the kid in a car at a young age and teach them to respect it.
Give them a go-kart to learn how to control a vehicle when it gets out of control. I've never had an accident in my whole life and I've had my
licence for 21 years now. I am a good driver because I take it seriously. I know that this 1 ton hunk of steel is dangerous and like all dangerous
things I work with, I respect it. We don't have the same appreciation for the car that we had 30 years ago. People don't see driving as a
privilege anymore and because of all these systems taking away from driver responsibility is only forcing us into a fully automated system.
I hate it! And I don't normally hate things!
ok, I'm done.