In his Feb. 28 letter, Neil Clark, a safety consultant, says that light-duty trucks and SUVs should be equipped with steering gears that are slower and require more input so the driver is aware he is driving a vehicle that is not intended to be handled like a car.
Clark seems to think that that would make the driver realize he is behind the wheel of a less capable machine. That makes me wonder if he thinks drivers are all that stupid. Maybe we are, but I think not.
I believe that the industry should abandon the current trend to make vehicles, particularly high-end vehicles, less reliant on the skills of the driver and more able to correct faulty inputs by electronic means.
I am not saying do away with everything that is currently available, but spending millions of dollars to give people a false sense of security, in my opinion, does not solve the problem and never will.
People will just become more reliant on the systems, will let what little driving skill they have deteriorate and will become a greater problem on the roads.
What needs to be done, starting as soon as possible, is to train our future drivers to drive. Future drivers should be sent to a performance driving school and not allowed to take a driving test until they pass the test at the school.
Should that be done, we will not have to be afraid to build performance into whatever type of vehicle we choose to drive.