Back in the day, a family car ride consisted of everyone piling in the station wagon and off we went. No seat belts, child seats, booster chairs or airbags, and the driver usually smoked cigarettes with the windows up. Not what you would generally consider safe today. But for those of us who survived, it was a great time to be a kid. We had drive-in-theaters (google it), and cars that were made of steel that got you to your destination at a somewhat normal speed. Drivers seemed to be friendlier, all gas stations attendants filled your tank and checked your oil as well as washed your window. If something broke on your car, you could go to a store, buy the part and fix it yourself. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not one of those “wish we were back in the old days” kind of guy, because I love everything automotive, whether it’s new or old. But I’m guessing the next generation will look back fondly to the time when they owned and drove their own cars, instead of taking some corporate Uber fleet vehicle. They enjoyed listening to their combustion engine that made noise when you stepped on the gas, and sitting in stop and go traffic for hours, which gave them time to listen to your favorite music and clear your head before you needed to deal with the next stressed out event in your life. Just try to remember that “It’s not about the destination, it’s about the ride”.
Rich @ R&M