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Politically Correct Cars

September 12th, 2009

political-correctness-cars.jpgI am not your politically correct type of person, so I don’t really appreciate politically correct cars. I get irritated when a vehicle is designed to dictate my behavior.

I’m all grown up and even well-read and educated, so I obviously know that smoking isn’t good for me. I don’t need Dodge to tell me that, or to try to keep me from smoking by making vehicles that have no ashtrays. Even if I didn’t smoke, I might like to use the ashtray to store change, candy, or maybe even some nice nicotine replacement gum. Yeah, right.

People aren’t supposed to drink and drive either. I would never do it, heck, I couldn’t do it. I wouldn’t be physically able (or that stupid). The point is, it’s definitely not healthy, but you don’t see car manufacturers removing cup holders, now do you?

Shhhh… let’s not give them any ideas.

I’m also a parent, and Dodge doesn’t seem to think that I’m capable of keeping my kids from falling out of the vehicle either. The back windows don’t go down far enough to catch so much as a whisper, let alone a breeze, and the child locks jump into action before I get half way down the driveway. In fact, all the doors lock. It’s not that this is a bad feature, but how about an on/off switch? Maybe I don’t want all the doors to lock automatically, especially if I don’t have the kids with me. It should be my choice. Besides, I’m a fairly intelligent adult and I can actually manage the electric lock button all by myself if I do want the doors locked.

In all fairness, it isn’t only Dodge that does these things. I just happen to own a couple of Dodge vehicles. Why? I’m not sure. I don’t know how I missed the no ashtray thing. I have to admit that I did think the automatic locking feature was somewhat cool when I bought my main vehicle. Unfortunately, it’s a real pain when you come out of the liquor store, um, I mean the grocery store, with your hands full and find the doors locked. Or, when some creepy person is hitting on you and you can’t get in the car.

I have adjusted, and I did finally find an ashtray that fits in the cup holder, so I guess I really shouldn’t complain. I guess I’ve just never been good at having others tell me what to do, dictating what I should and shouldn’t do, and that’s what this feels like.

What’s next, a car that doesn’t go any faster than the local speed limit? One that turns me in when I flip somebody the bird? Or, maybe it will be the ultimate PC vehicle and it will take me directly to jail, don’t pass Go, don’t collect $200, if I experience a little road rage and let out a few choice epithets.

Get over your politically correct selves, car designers. I’m an adult, and what I do in my vehicles is none of your business!


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One Response to “Politically Correct Cars”

  1. comment number 1 by: Ireland5

    Red light cameras….mandated black boxes….ethanol….it’s not over!

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