Musings: ‘Having mothers design cars’


‘Mijmeringen’ is a weekly column by Dongenaar Rinus Krijnen.

Having mothers design cars
Some time ago, four people were killed by a young male driver who was driving his fast German rental car on a priority road and crashed into the victims’ car at more than three times the speed limit. The relatively young driver was unharmed. You would think such a driver would feel guilty. During the trial, the driver’s lawyer – a member of the notorious Moszkowicz family of lawyers – coldly stated that the woman should have given in and that his client was therefore innocent and should be released immediately.

Everyone knows from their traffic lessons that you may have the right of way, but that right of way is something else. The speed demon and his lawyer completely ignore the fact that the other party cannot judge that there is still enough time to cross the intersection due to the high speed. Without shedding a tear, the driver of the victims’ car is brought forward as the culprit of these villains. The lawyer just didn’t make a claim to compensate for his client’s misery.

In my eyes, this is the world upside down. I am not a judge or a lawyer, but I consider this fact premeditated murder. There are absolutely no mitigating circumstances. Had the knucklehead driven a Fiat Panda, this accident would never have happened. The perpetrator had therefore deliberately provided himself with a potential murder weapon. The intentions were also clear and clear. Drive as fast as possible with the rented box. Shame on fellow road users and the risks. This indicates that the brain of this young male driver is not yet fully developed and is stuck in a puberty stage where you cannot in any way assess risks properly and believe that you are always right. And you’d think his lawyer – with years of training and hopefully a good mind – would also scoff at the bomber pilot’s point of view. However, none of this.

And that’s why I think cars should be designed by mothers. While I completely ignore gender neutrality or inclusive ideas, I think mothers think much more practically and logically about everyday things. They are exploited because they are often assigned or take over the care tasks and they are much more aware of the risks in life. Mothers see danger everywhere. Especially when the kids are around. And a car is an everyday thing. Mothers don’t like a four-wheeled penis extender that is a murder weapon in the wrong hands. My thesis is that if there were no speeding cars, accidents could not happen because people were speeding. A car is not a racing car – especially in heavy traffic – and our road system, with an exit every two kilometres, is not at all suitable for high speeds.

If mothers designed cars, practical, beautiful, comfortable, durable and economical vehicles would be created. And if possible cheap too. Because if you didn’t have to design super power packs and body, chassis, brakes and suspension tuned accordingly, a car would be lighter, more economical and cheaper. These are all properties that we are waiting for in today’s sustainable world.

Politics also has butter on its head. First increase the top speed to 130, then partially lower it to 100 as an excuse for nitrogen emissions and impose hardly any restrictions on the specifications of new cars, except on emissions. Yes, a speed limiter – ISA – has been mandatory in new cars since July, but it’s not really much more than a warning signal to the driver that you’re speeding. You could have seen that yourself on the speedometer. You don’t need an ISA for that. Another typical vroom-vroom goal, introduced with great fanfare, that helps no one and adds nothing to safety or the environment. Not a kilogram of nitrogen or particles is emitted less. The cars do not become more energy-friendly, lighter or more sustainable with ISA. If mums had designed the cars this would be different and an ISA would certainly not be necessary.

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