posted on Nov, 30 2013 @ 05:40 AM
A guy in our city a couple of years ago had his cruise control freeze up on the freeway which gets quite banked up at that hour.
He didn't know what to do and managed to hit the median strip which brought him to a less destructive stop...
when that story made the news, they had to tell people over the radio how putting it in neutral is the first thing to do, which is quite worrying.
Now i work with cars, and i've actually had electronic throttles lock up on me in the mid-range. They are also always new automatic cars, like the
holden commodore VE (which was quite new at the time).
Luckily i knew what to do, and was able to stop quite quickly, because i learnt in a manual.
But it's quite scary that people with automatic licenses are driving these "amazing new, convenient, tech'ed out cars" without an idea of what to
do if they encounter a situation like this.
I see cars all the time with huge amounts of brake dust on their wheels, and cars sitting up my arse when i downshift towards a set of lights - as if
they need to see my brake lights to know i'm slowing down.
People are being made dumber... especially when people tell our younger drivers that "you don't need a manual in this day and age"