Posts Tagged ‘vehicles’
I don’t want a vehicle which is smarter than I am, and I certainly don’t want one that believes it’s smarter than I am. Therefore, Cedric, Volkwagen’s driverless pod concept just unveiled by VW ahead of the Geneva Motor Show, is not for me.
I don’t particularly like so-called smart phones either, although I was forced to get one after my 14-year old flip-top kissed the floor and broke apart. Of course, part of the problem is that my body produces an unusual amount of electricity, even when I’m calm and comfortable. Vehicles are not quite so affected, but the driverless models are more sensitive. When I actually need a personal robot chauffeur, I probably will be too mentally foggy to care, but for now driving myself without assistance is both beneficial and enjoyable, and I mean to continue the practice for as long as it’s safe.
In the USA, Florida drivers are the very worst. This is no surprise to me. After all, loads of people retire to Florida without having any driving experience to speak of in their home states. Most of them get driver’s licenses and proceed to wreak havoc on the roads precisely because they lack the experience to avoid mistakes and errors in judgment. I suspect many of the Southern states low scores are a reflection of the heavily agricultural era when drivers were accustomed to farm equipment hogging the roadways. Now you seldom see anything other than cars and big rigs, and people are inattentive.
If you’re contemplating a new ride, check this article out for a handful of vehicles which have no reported driver deaths in accidents. Note that the stats don’t cover passengers.
If you want to buy an “American-made” vehicle, it’s hard to figure out which model actually is mostly made in America. However, there is a new index which rates on more factors than others, so it’s far more accurate.
Don’t put ethanol in your car, for the simple reason Yogic Love depicts here. I have to drive a bit out of my way to get to a station which offers ethanol-free gasoline, but it’s well worth it to protect my car’s engine. I tend to keep vehicles at least 10 years, but even if you trade more frequently, it will add value to your trade-in if you can say that you’ve never used ethanol blends.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has issued a report pointing out that small vehicles aren’t as safe as large ones.
Very few of us needed a report to figure that out, but it will be interesting to see how the Obama administration ignores this information in its drive to force us all into tiny deathtraps.
I checked Department of Transportation statistics a few years ago, and they showed that the smaller vehicles caused about 5,000 more deaths and severe injuries annually, so I can’t imagine why this shocking news should surprise anyone.