Originally Posted by gobrigavitch
It's very frustrating what the US government has done to cars. I can't remember the quote or who said it, but I once heard that the US is the only government that is hell bent on protecting people from themselves. It's evidenced by all the rules that are designed to protect drivers and passengers that don't wear their seat belts. It's really frustrating here in Canada, because we basically get no say. Since we are a smaller market and live right next door, we basically get all the same safety equipment as the US. It would be really interesting to see a figure that shows how much weight is added by the various safety regulations. Even better if it also documented just how much safer it makes the cars, and the total cost of that safety improvement in extra manufacturing costs and extra energy expenditure. I think the results would be eye-popping.
While I basically agree with what you are saying,I'd like to add one more thing . DRIVER EDUCATION. That weighs NOTHING. Governments around the world continue to add driver aids and safety devices , which add weight. At the very same time they want MPG to be doubled within a decade. Instead of isolating drivers, why not have them more involved...crazy idea ,I know.Of the plethora of stupid "safety" implementations , the UK's pedestrian crumple zone has to be one of the stupidest( I know it probably didn't add much weight). It now dictates the profile for ALL cars. Here's a crazy idea, look both ways before you cross the street. Or better yet, quit driving on the sidewalk thumping people. Sorry for the rant