Making the Future Female

THINKING ABOUT CARS…


I’ve been thinking about cars.

Cars are all around us; we go to work, we go to school and we go to university in cars. We desire cars and we hate cars. We watch fast cars and swop cars. We make love and give birth in cars. We go on holiday in cars; we show off in cars and we show our status in cars. We come of age in cars and rage in cars. We drive petrol, diesel and electric cars. We wash and we polish cars. We buy and sell cars. We race in cars and we crash in cars. We live in cars and we can’t live without cars; but we also die in cars.

Have you ever wondered about cars?

Have you noticed drivers of particular cars drive in certain ways? I’ve added pix of a Lexus, a BMW, an Audi, a Mercedes Benz and a Range Rover because lots of drivers of these vehicles seem to think they own the roads and deserve special treatment. Obviously not all the drivers of these marques do this, but plenty do. Is it because they are feel they’ve spent enough to bully other road users, are they seduced by the manufacturers or are they just prats or a combination of all three? Please comment and let me know your feelings.

We’re so used to cars we don’t often ask too many questions. Questions like; why are so many kids killed and injured by cars? Why are cars expensive? Why do cars cost so much to repair? Why do cars go so fast? Why do cars break down? Why are cars the way they are? Could cars be different? Could they be faster? Could they be safer? Why are cars shiny? Will there always be cars?

Cars are the consumer article par excellence, yet when you stop and think about them there’s some very strange stuff going on with these automobiles.

For a start, cars kill pedestrians. But if you think about this for a minute, you’ll realise the shape of cars makes them efficient killing machines. Cars could have soft inflatable fronts which didn’t cause so much damage to humans, but they don’t. And another thing, cars scratch really easily – why’s that? It would be simple for car manufacturers to make them with finishes that didn’t scratch, but then they wouldn’t need repainting so often, if at all. Same for little dents – cars could have surfaces that absorbed impacts – but again, the manufacturers couldn’t sell body parts – and the afterparts market is worth billions.

Deaths by vehicle accidents

UK 2009 – 2,222

USA 2009 – 33,808

Australia 2011 – 1291

Holland 2009 – 640

Brazil 2009 – 37,694

Germany 2009 – 3657

Russia 2009 – 26,567

Spain aren’t telling 🙂

South Africa 2011 – 13,802

Total Global 2007 – 1,230,000

According to the World Health Organization, road traffic accidents caused an estimated 1.23 million deaths worldwide in the year 2007; with the average rate being 20.8 deaths per 100,000 people, 30.8 for males, 11.0 for females. 90% of deaths occur in low and middle income countries, with South-East Asia and Africa having the highest rates.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_traffic-related_death_rate

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2 responses

  1. Morning, really interesting post. I don’t really know a lot about cars, so I guess that’s why i’ve never wondered about some of these things. I can’t tell different makes of cars sometimes if they look similar.

    September 6, 2012 at 6:52 am

    • Morning mate – thanks for the comment. I used to work in a car factory so have seen them without their clothes on, so to speak 🙂
      If anything else killed as many people we’d be up in arms, but cars hold a special place in our consumer culture.
      Also cars are designed so folk can tell them apart even though the differences are usually superficial – I’m happy for you that you haven’t been brainwashed enough tp always tell them apart – that’s a good sign 🙂
      I’d guess most people haven’t asked these questions as things that are so ubiquitous are also invisible in some ways – we see but don’t see – like the Emperor’s New Clothes in reverse…

      September 6, 2012 at 7:34 am

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