1. I would venture that a society populated by those without the presence of mind to step on the freakin’ brake and knock the car into neutral has the problem. If they’re too damned stupid to do even that then they’re too damned stupid to be behind the wheel of a motor vehicle in the first place.

  2. When motor vehicle situations occur, they happen fast. Last week as I crested Scipio Summit on the I-15 with my truck– in 4WD at 30 MPH in the snow towing a livestock trailer with 3 goats– I suddenly lost traction on all four tires and (as tends to happen) the trailer started to swing around toward the front. I steered into the skid, overcorrected, corrected again, and managed to keep us on the road, facing the right direction, and out of the path of a semi in the fast lane. It scared the heck out of me, and terrified my wife.

    The whole incident lasted maybe ten seconds, just long enough for me to think, “Oh my God, we’re going to crash.” I corrected by instinct, not conscious thought. Had I not grown up in snow, well, I might not be typing this today. Who knows how I’d react if my vehicle started accelerating unexpectedly?

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