Steer clear of the hazards
WE AT Carsguide sincerely hope you don’t kill yourself or anyone else on the roads next week (or in any circumstances for that matter). Not many do much to save themselves.
That Australians are the worst drivers in the First World is not news to those of us who spend much of the year in countries where a licence is a hard-won privilege. Note “privilege” as opposed to the right of a texting brat who, if the logbook has not been cooked, has spent 100 hours being taught to pump the brake pedal and how not to hold the wheel.
Affordable cars have become as fatality proof as it’s possible for any sanely operated machine to be. Drivers, however, have become dumber. In any state or territory a licence demonstrates you are almost competent to reverse park and can more or less distinguish red lights from green. Governments uniformly eschew road safety measures that cost money to implement yet embrace in a frenzy those that rake in revenue, all the while holding forth piously on saving lives. Yet you’ll see no meaningful strides towards teaching drivers to drive.
So do it yourself. There are several advanced courses run by motoring groups such as the NRMA and educators such as Ian Luff. Do one. Do several. It’s the smartest Christmas present a driver can buy. HOLDEN DIN THE sun rose. Commercial TV was unwatchable, commercial radio unlistenable. Zombies sat in the overtaking lane. Fines were sent to infringing drivers because getting a letter weeks after the fact is the way to enforce road safety. Apparently. The sun set.
Detroit had called time on Holden yet life continued. Some demurred, but few. One reader was embittered his fellow citizens will no longer subsidise his choice of sedan. Another felt he was owed some form of gong for loyally buying Holdens.
Oddly enough, the bloke who we once gently corrected when he claimed to be fairly dinkumer than thou for buying a Captiva had nothing to add.