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To the Editor:The Blazer, a sport-utility, drives just like a car and handles very well. You have to be aware of the design flaws and drive defensively just like with any other vehicle.
My small car, a 1999 Grand Am, has been the biggest challenge to drive because of the design safety flaws.
There are blind spots. You have to use the mirrors. You can't turn around or look to the left to check traffic because the support post is there.
I had the car less than a month when I hit a signpost. I hurt the car a little and my dignity a lot, but I just did not have a clear field of vision. Five Grand Ams were being fixed from minor accidents at the same time as mine.
What about the big Ford F-150? Now there is a vehicle family that really drives differently. I drove one for three years. It was a learning experience but did not require a special license. I practiced and learned.
I never had an accident in the Blazer or my old F-150. I do not believe a special license is necessary for any standard vehicle, as John K. Teahen Jr. suggested in his Oct. 22 column ("There ought to be a license for sport-utility drivers").
When you acquire a new vehicle, there is an adjustment period. Good basic driving techniques and common sense in handling a considerable monetary investment are all that is needed by any licensed driver.
A special SUV license wouldn't make me a better or safer driver. It would only add cost and government intervention.