Great Vehicle To Drive
DEC
19

Back in i believe it was 2004 or 2005 my father bought a ford 500 fresh off the lot. Let me tell you from that point on till still today that car is amazing, it has a little over 178000 miles on it and it still runs like a champ. Matter of fact there has been times where that car has scared me, not in fear of going off the road. No with fear of how did i stayed on the road and where did all this power come from. This car with its all wheel drive system is amazing, it goes threw snow like there is no snow on the ground, and during the summer you dont have to worry about stopping and sliding or when swerving to miss a car, losing control of it. The all wheel drive system, combined with the cars horsepower, makes this a beast of fords creativity and genious. This is by far one of my favorite cars to drive and my father said he will never get rid of it, he loves it way to much. On a further note this car has been in two accidents one of which should have crippled it for life, if it was another car.

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I am a paramedic and have worked in the emergency medical services for over twenty years and have seen a lot of great changes in the safety aspects of car design. As you already know, driver distraction is becoming or may already be the number one cause of vehicle accidents. Because of this I have wondered what could be done to increase driver's incentive to maintain proper control of their vehicles and minimize driver distractions. In emergency vehicle driving courses we are taught to drive two handed with a 10 and 2 o'clock hand positioning at all times. This is to ensure that we have adequate control over the vehicle as well as to reduce injuries should there be an airbag deployment from a collision. Some insurance companies offer devices to monitor safe driving activities in order to give the customer an option to drive safer and possibly save on their insurance premiums.I was curious as to why couldn't automobile manufacturers incorporate something similar to what the insurance companies are doing into the steering wheel of an automobile. A device similar to what you find on exercise equipment handles that reads a person's heart rate. Flat stainless steel sensors positioned at 10 and 2 on the steering wheel that could read when the person was driving with two hands on the wheel. As an added desirable benefit, the vehicle would obtain greater gas mileage if the driver maintained this hand positioning. Of course audible alarms or messages could also be incorporated to be activated when the driver removes their hands from these positions. I am not an engineer, but think that with the computer technology that is already incorporated into automobiles these days, that something of this nature would be easily accomplished and if it saved lives it would be a great safety option to be placed on vehicles.
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By: Gary G.
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