That reminds me of a Facebook post bitching about how cars have too many computers these days to fix em yourself. Except of course those computers typically tell you where the fault is..."These newfangled driving aids are making drivers incompetent! Back in my day, you had to learn how to drive."
Does this sentence sound familiar?
I bet that back in whatever "day" the imaginary person in the sentence above grew up in, his or her car probably had driving aids such as hydraulic shock absorbers and four wheel brakes. You know, things that enabled you to go faster and still be safe while doing so.
Having shock absorbers means you can sit at the posted speed limit and not bounce off the road into a field if you hit a couple of badly repaired potholes in the middle of a corner. Most drivers probably don't have any idea that their hydraulic driving aids just saved them from a nasty accident.
Cars didn't always have shock absorbers, though. Back in the early days of the motorized carriage, people needed to learn how to drive.
Same with stuff like parking sensors and automated braking systems. It is also a well known psychological fact that safer cars lead to more dangerous road behaviorI think that phrase is applicable in some circumstances. For example blind spot monitors have lead some people to not check their blind spots and rely on the little yellow lights - doesn't work so well when you're about to pass them and you're just outside the sensor's range.
Yup. I've seen 30+ years of "Bloody Volvo Drivers!" who think that because they have a "safe car" they don't have to pay attention to driving. This was a problem before texting ever became a thing.It is also a well known psychological fact that safer cars lead to more dangerous road behavior
BRZ is officially a beater car. Took full insurance off it and a hailstorm promptly decorated every single panel with golfball sized dings. 48 or more of them by cursory count. Anybody want to buy a beater BRZ with a quarter million miles?
I need to switch up to something more practical... I've been traveling a lot more recently and the only place a full size hardshell luggage fits is in the front passenger seat (it would fit in the back seat if the front seats moved/leaned enough to make a wider opening. They don't.)
Fianceé also needs a new car. She's a competitive dog groomer and transporting the furry children safely means bigass transport kennels. One of them is big enough that the minimum size is "Subaru Outback with rear seat delete". This is going to suck.