CAN’T LEARN NEW TRICKS
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.