I believe modern vehicles take the fun out of our driving experience. It’s without much thought that I jump into my 2012 Ford F-150 4×4 Supercrew and hit the road, only to give thought to my final destination and brief glance at the fuel gauge. My utmost concern is more focused on what music I will be listening to as I go from point A to B.
I grew up learning how to drive in the 80’s in vehicles that were built in the 60’s, and each one required a checklist type approach to make it run and keep it running. From the first turn of the key you had to push the clutch, pump the gas (but not to many times), keep it revved up so it wouldn’t die, let it warm up and pump those brakes if you want to stop. I didn’t realize until a became a certified automotive technician just how much interaction was required in those old cars and trucks, it was more akin to a pilot or captain of ship than a driver.
I have come to appreciate very much the modern vehicle, as a driver and a passenger I know that we are all much safer, and the cars and trucks are way more reliable. I do value my air conditioner, 8 way power adjustable seat, tilt wheel, cruise control, bluetooth and the many other features and conveniences. However the act of operating one of today’s vehicles in no way leaves me with the feeling of having piloted that vehicle with skill and precision, and with the rapid progression of self driving vehicles I know I will get to share stories with my grand kids one day about how I once drove a car and not just sat as a passenger in one.
I will always desire that feeling of operating one of those great miracles of ingenuity and not just see it as a mode of transport. My great grand kids could possibly never know that feeling of being at the controls of car. I will do my best to always have vehicle that requires a driver in my fleet because I believe it is fun and good for my soul. It may only be possible in the form of my motorcycle…and that’s a story for another day.