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The Car as Codpiece
American Spectator, by Eric Peters

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 1/22/2014 5:06:59 AM

Americans are a passive people — much as they like to imagine themselves vigorous, decisive, and independent. They like to watch football. And they certainly don’t do much more than that behind the wheel. Driving is an active verb. But observe the typical American driver. He is soporific passivity personified. He coasts along, lost in thought (or lost in chat). Eyes half-closed, mind half lit, he rarely pays much attention to things outside his immediate orbit — unless it’s something edible. Forget about what’s happening in the rearview. He target fixates on the bumper of the car head. He plods along in

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Trigger2, 1/22/2014 6:19:19 AM     (No. 9700779)

Where does this fool drive? With so many idiots on the road as well as illegals and foreigners who can´t read English, a driver has to keep their eyes swiveling from the moron´s vehicle in front, to the rear view mirror, to the side mirror, as well as what is left and right if they want to survive the experience.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: uno, 1/22/2014 6:28:48 AM     (No. 9700787)

As the "smartest man in the room" a Smart Car is obviously the Øbamboozler´s codpeice...

Hold the phone, I meant to say "smallest man in the room"

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Aud, 1/22/2014 7:08:34 AM     (No. 9700808)

The author probably got a speeding ticket.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 1/22/2014 7:36:43 AM     (No. 9700833)

FTA:" The American driver (so-called) does not see the road ahead as a kind of three-dimensional chess set, anticipating possible moves, preparing to make them and then making them. He has been trained — conditioned — to never commit the fundamental sin: To think for himself and then act on it."

That must be why I enjoy my motorcycle so much.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Michaelus, 1/22/2014 8:34:02 AM     (No. 9700921)

If you do not like they way they drive just think about the way they vote.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: varkdriver, 1/22/2014 8:37:51 AM     (No. 9700927)

#4, the one thing I learned while riding is to ride as if you were invisible to cagers [people in cars, if you will]. As soon as I rode that way, it became a lot easier to anticipate the stupidity of cars. Total defensive riding helps you survive!

I like these new cars that have the automatic braking when it [not the drver] detects some obstacle, or the lane-departure warning. How ´bout PAYING ATTENTION? Quit texting/sexting/taking pics of your private area and posting them to Facebook/Twitter/Instagram, at least while driving.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: FLCracker, 1/22/2014 9:06:29 AM     (No. 9700958)

I blame the brain-dead drivers on automatic transmissions. People driving them are bored, so they are looking for something else to do.

Drive stick shift. It makes you think about what you are doing (and keeps your right had busy.)

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Reply 8 - Posted by: mc squared, 1/22/2014 9:30:20 AM     (No. 9700984)

Bravo. My personal favorite today. I drive a lot in my business and think 50% of the drivers are asleep. Pass someone going below the limit and they will flip you off.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Udanja99, 1/22/2014 9:38:27 AM     (No. 9700997)

After my own heart, #7. I´ve never owned an automatic transmission car and on the rare occasions when I´ve driven them (rental cars mostly), I´ve found it to be debilitatingly boring - kind of like driving with a head full of novocaine.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: StormCnter, 1/22/2014 9:40:42 AM     (No. 9701002)

Every driver should be familiar with a stick shift. My dad told us that we might be the only driver available in some future emergency and the only vehicle might be a stick shift. So, we learned to drive one. Later, my husband tried to finesse my stick shift training in his jumpy-clutched ´57 Chevy and it almost led to a divorce right there in the middle of the first lesson.
But every one should know how to do it.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: KingBubo, 1/22/2014 10:10:50 AM     (No. 9701043)

How can I be asleep driving if I am on my smartphone, doing my makeup/grooming my hair, eating, drinking coffee and yelling at my kids?

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Reply 12 - Posted by: coldborezero, 1/22/2014 11:58:55 AM     (No. 9701212)

Re#6: I agree that riding as if one were invisible increases one´s chances of survival. I, however, have a slightly different approach to riding: I ride as if the cagers can see me perfectly well...and they want me dead.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: msjena, 1/22/2014 12:32:41 PM     (No. 9701271)

I used to drive a stick-shift but switched to an automatic some years ago. I don´t have to deal with worn-out clutches or stalling out in stop and go traffic. Stick shifts can be fun in the country, but not in city driving. My automatic has been going strong for 80,000 miles and has never given me any trouble. As for passive driving, no one has ever accused me of that.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: zjrog, 1/22/2014 3:04:11 PM     (No. 9701453)

I drive a ten year old stick shift Neon. Has over 167,000 miles on it. I also drive a mountain pass that sometimes, is quite empty. Sure, I wish for more power sometimes, but not as much as wanting more brake. While this "news" story certainly has its merits, he is also quite wrong on many levels. Though, very right in otehr respects. And for ther record, I am quite guilty of some of his points, AS ARE MANY OF US.

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