I often wonder how automakers feel, when they go to extraordinary lengths and spend oodles of money to keep you safe in their cars.

The restraining systems, the airbags, the crumple zones, the warning sensors, the autonomous features, the cameras and the black boxes.

The features that consumers demand in every level of car these days, and somehow the makers deliver.

What an achievement. What a way to keep us safe.

And then watch as we dream up new ways to compromise those systems that made us buy the vehicle in the first place.

It’s one (dumb) thing to recline your seat, thereby cancelling out the ability of the airbag and seat belt to work in conjunction with each other. It’s another thing to override nanny systems because you don’t like the noises. But this?

You can’t cure stupid, as the kid say. That photo is from the U.K. Yup. That’s the driver. Let’s ignore, for a moment, the fact he has no control over his car, save for steering it. Let’s ignore that driving along beside that would be more than distracting.

Instead, let’s look instead at the truly horrific outcome he could be courting. Read this, then tell me you won’t at least hesitate before you put your feet on the dash, or let anyone in your car do so.

Generally speaking, I don’t give a hoot what you do inside your own car, as long as it’s not compromising other drivers. But this one, I care about.

Ready to judge?

Source: Driving

March 16, 2019