Here is my list of four essential safety features that are no longer on today’s automobiles.
- Deer whistles. I never heard or seen a deer killed by an automobile that had installed deer whistles on the front bumper. The whistles probably disappeared because cars don’t have flat spots on the front bumper anymore.
- Anti-static straps underneath the rear bumper. 100% effective. No car with an anti-static electricity discharge strap has burned up by an errant spark caused by bottoming out on the highway.
- White day-time running lights.Not headlights, but those little bitty round lights that used to be in the middle of the car grill that were always on. The effectiveness of these little bitty lights did not have the same record as deer whistles or anti-static electricity straps. A little bitty light didn’t stop people from slamming into the rearend the car in front of them.
Saving the most important and most needed for last:
4. Steering wheel spinners. Essential for people who eat and/or use the cell phone while driving. I will be petitioning the NASDAQ or NAMBLA or NCAAP or NASA or some National something to insist that these be retroactively installed on every moving vehicle with four or more wheels.