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Can there be such a thing as too safe? My current car (Audi) seems to think there is danger everywhere. From reversing cameras that go ballistic when you’re still a good six feet from anything – to motion detectors that slam the brakes on when a squirrel is in a nearby tree in front of the car.

It’s tooooo much. Bloody bleeping and squawking and flashing lights ….

I go from the Audi, to my older car (Aston Martin) and no such technology bothers me. It’s just engine noise and a speedometer. Much more relaxing and much more engaging. The Audi kind of makes your brain switch off. The Aston Martin says – if you don’t concentrate on this… then you will be going into the hedge backwards.

I’m wondering if this analogy isn’t one way of looking at what’s going on in the world? Maybe we are being overcautious about everything? Maybe we should just be left to fend for ourselves and think a bit more about our actions?

Motorway speed limits? I’ve thought for years that we shouldn’t have just one limit – when there are a huge variety of vehicles, all with different engines and different capabilities. I was caught speeding in a Porsche 911 doing 90mph on a motorway in Scotland. The boys in blue pulled me and fined me. The car in front of me – which they ignored – was an old Nissan Micra – a bit of a rust bucket – which was doing 90+ mph as well …. now correct me if I’m wrong here but – yes – we were both speeding – but the chances of the Nissan stopping in a set distance were zero. The Porsche could stop on a sixpence. Maybe the police should have given this some thought rather than thinking – this guy can pay the fine – let’s ‘ave ‘im ….

Could cars have different speed limits?

Points on your licence? 12 points and over, you get a ban. Yet my mother, who is 93 and never drives, also has an allowance of 12 points. My wife, who has driven 2400 miles (yes, two thousand four hundred) has an allowance of 12 points. I drive upwards of 40,000 miles a year and yet have the same allowance. Is this fair? The chances of me getting caught with so many cameras on motorways is pretty damn high ….yet we’re all on the same number of points allowed.

Could personal allowance of points depend on mileage covered?

COVID rules. I’m convinced that most businesses that have been closed down could have continued to operate. Maybe what should have happened is a little more flexibility in the approach. Hotels and restaurants could maybe have continued to open IF they followed guidelines and took precautions? During the first lockdown when the construction industry stopped working – what were the perceived benefits? The damage to the economy will never recover and the costs to the taxpayer are just unthinkable. Blanket rules just penalise so many peripheral businesses that just need not have been closed down.

Maybe there should be a little less ‘nanny state’ control of everything we do?

Maybe this would encourage people to think and be a little more creative with their lives?

Just saying.


Mike C.