This blog is about the story of my family here in America. We arrived in the 1630s as Puritans, and became the common folk of the New World.

The end of the last generation of really bad drivers

The last generation of really bad drivers is finally coming to an end in America. If you haven't noticed that, that's a good thing. If you learned to drive within the past thirty years, you take a lot of things for granted. Previous generations didn't, and it may surprise you to find just how bad they were.

Before the 1960s, cars didn't have any safety features at all, including seat belts, and getting killed in a car was just seen as *dying of natural causes*. Being impaled on a steering wheel or being thrown from a car was just considered a natural part of the risk of life. And this attitude had been around for generation after generation, since the invention of cars. As a young driver just starting out in the 1970s, I was the first generation that even began to question this point of view. Going for a drive in a car wasn't something that I waned to consider a death sentence. I was young, and I wanted to live.

Influences from generation to generation persist, of course, and there are still many people who insist that their grandparents, or parents were right. But the number of these people who still think like this are very small nowadays, as opposed to being in the majority back then. So when you see a dangerous, maniacal driver, who appears to have no concern for human life on the road, they are the exception, not the rule.

I'm not saying that there aren't people today who take risks with their life and the lives of others when driving a car, like driving drunk. There are just a whole lot less now than in previous generations. We expect to live through our next road trip, or our next meal. Our ancestors didn't. Hard to believe, but true.