A friend asked me last week what was the best car I had ever driven in my eleven years at Drivers of America. I pondered this question all day yesterday as I was driving in the Pacific Northwest, up the west coastline. I mostly drive sedans, minivans, SUV and pickup trucks. Probably more Ford and Chevy cars than anything else, even though I have driven a fair share of Mercedes, Jaguars, Volvos, and Beemers.
I guess if it weren't for the car, I wouldn't be going anywhere. I often tell stories of the places I go and the odd people I meet there. But rarely do I give a shout out to the magical marvels of transport that get me there. The automobile. Each one has its own personality and its own story.
Although I always go for comfort, I never sat on the rich Corinthian leather that Ricardo Montalban used to go on about in his post-KHAN days. Now there are leather seats, seat warmers, and adjustments that can put your seat into just about any position that you choose. Oh, and did I mention the lumbar support feature? Once in a while, I get a car with Sirius radio, and that's always a treat.
As I was thinking about the car and the drive, I thought about what I don't like when traveling. Number one is traffic, and I go way out of my way to avoid any big city at rush hour. Morning or evening. I just like driving in a place where there's lots of space around me. I always assume that everyone else on the road is about to swerve their car at me in the blink of an eye. That way I am always prepared for anything. But the more space around your car and distance from other drivers, the less likely that is to happen.
When I am out on a remote stretch of highway and there are no cars in sight, sometimes I wish for a little less space around me. Times like that can make a man a little stir crazy. If I'm tired enough, I've been known to see things. And if I'm bored enough, I have imagined a Broadway musical being performed on the dashboard of the car. Complete with leaps and high kicks and beautiful dancing girls.
I am going to start paying more attention to the cars I am driving. And I might suggest that you do the same. We often take cars for granted, but try to imagine your life without them. It would take a lot longer to get around on foot, or horseback, or skateboard.
Cars are my livelihood, but what's more important, cars are my friends. There's something about a car. And as I was thinking about all of this, Jimmy Buffett came on the Sirius radio station singing "SOMETHIN' 'BOUT A BOAT." That gives me an idea for a name for this blog!