CAN’T LEARN NEW TRICKS

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Letters -

I READ with in­ter­est your an­swer to Gil­bert Potts ( cars­Guide, Au­gust 15) on us­ing elec­tronic sta­bil­ity con­trol and anti-skid brakes to brake and swerve. Fur­ther on, an ar­ti­cle on ad­vanced driv­ing cour­ses stated that anti-skid brakes won’t work un­less ap­plied ‘‘very hard’’.

Be­ing older and raised on cars with no hi-tech as­sis­tance, I have prac­ticed con­trolled brak­ing and eva­sive driv­ing tech­niques over 45 years, which flies in the face of han­dling mod­ern cars equipped with th­ese elec­tronic de­vices.

It would take more than a few lessons to change a life­time of driv­ing habits. As there are more Baby Boomers than any other gen­er­a­tion this raises ques­tions on how safe th­ese safety de­vices re­ally are, con­sid­er­ing the Premier would like to in­tro­duce com­pul­sory ESC.

I find it a rev­e­la­tion that Top Gear’s The Stig switches all this equip­ment off when test­ing a ve­hi­cle on the track. I guess it’s eas­ier for bu­reau­crats to put re­spon­si­bil­ity and cost on man­u­fac­tur­ers than to spend on driver ed­u­ca­tion. Austin Sadler

email As a Baby Boomer I know the ben­e­fits of all th­ese elec­tronic sys­tems, which do not re­quire much learn­ing at all. A qual­ity driver train­ing course, with Mur­cotts or John Bowe, would quickly get you in the groove. As for The Stig, he only cuts elec­tron­ics be­cause he is looking for the fastest lap time— not the safest way to drive in everyday traf­fic.

Ed

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