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Child Passenger Safety, Crash Test Ratings, Safe Driving, Safety Technology, Legislation
#1 of 142 Truly safe?
by KarenS HOST
Dec 29, 2010 (3:17 pm)
What car safety policies would you like to see implemented? Are there any current car safety laws you'd like to see repealed? We look forward to hearing your thoughts on the myths and realities of car safety.
#2 of 142 I'd start with these three...
Dec 29, 2010 (9:00 pm)
no shaving, putting on makeup or changing wigs during driving.
#3 of 142 real training and testing for driver licensing
Dec 29, 2010 (11:29 pm)
would do SO MUCH MORE for driver safety that any changes in car safety policies or laws, it's just not funny.
#4 of 142 Re: real training and testing for driver licensing [nippononly]
Dec 30, 2010 (11:15 am)
That's exactly it...the greatest problem out there isn't vehicle design or money-seeking laws...it is the foundation of driver training and licensing standards. When a foundation is bad, whatever is built on top of it will also have problems.
#5 of 142 Re: real training and testing for driver licensing [nippononly]
Dec 30, 2010 (2:10 pm)
I also agree 100%. I remember the first time I heard someone say that they couldn't buy a RWD car because they needed to be able to drive in the rain. I honestly thought they were joking, but unfortunately it now seems that most drivers are that incompetent- or worse.
#6 of 142 Re: real training and testing for driver licensing [roadburner]
Dec 30, 2010 (2:54 pm)
Short of mandatory REAL driving instruction can we wrap ourselves up in bubble wrap and hope for the best?
#7 of 142 Re: Truly safe? [KarenS]
Dec 31, 2010 (3:00 pm)
What car safety policies would you like to see implemented
Mandatory wrapping of all occupants of a motor vehicle in: bubble wrap, egg crates, and those little foam peanuts. It's the only way!
#8 of 142 Re: real training and testing for driver licensing [nippononly]
Jan 04, 2011 (11:25 am)
You hit it right outta the park with this. As with the others I absolutely agree.
I would even take it another step, and while minimum guidelines are being set out as to what those changes would be in driver licensing, I would make it mandatory they learn how to get their license driving a stick shift.
And part of the test would be to do a parallel park, on a steep hill, and all without excessive clutch slippage. And enforce that little tidbit vehemently.
If after passing the test, they choose to drive and own an automatic, well, so be it...unfortunately. I say unfortunately, because a manual lets an owner 'retain' those skills mile after mile, year after year, rather than become complacent with the less interactive familiarity of an auto. A manual forces you to be more interactive with your car more than any other aspect of the driving dynamic. It's right up there with steering.
#9 of 142 Re: real training and testing for driver licensing [nippononly]
Jan 04, 2011 (1:23 pm)
Yes, along those lines:
- Fair and equal enforcement of all highway laws, not just speed limits. This would include writing tickets for offenses such as not signaling a lane change, cutting someone off, driving in the left lane, or stopping on the side of the interstate without turning on your hazard lights.
- Wipers on/headlights on law.
- No foglights on except when conditions warrant.
- No driving with parking lamps on.
- Side turn signal repeaters required on all vehicles. Rear signals must be amber, not red.
- No unmuffled exhaust brakes.
- No exhausts (OEM, aftermarket, or rusted out) that exceed a certain sound level. No "fart can" mufflers.
- Owners and riders of motorcycles with straight pipes shall be drawn and quartered.
#10 of 142 Re: real training and testing for driver licensing [gimmestdtranny]
Jan 04, 2011 (9:30 pm)
I passed my driving test on a stick shift car, my wife and children can drive manual transmission cars well, and one of the cars in our garage is a manual. However, I disagree with you about making it a requirement, and your reasoning. I've ridden with some excellent drivers who only drive automatics. Heck, most U.S. drivers today have no reasonable opportunity to drive a manual transmission.