When I first took home my trusty Ford Fiesta, I was overwhelmed by the amount of technology at my fingertips – sat nav, reversing sensors, MP3/iPod connectivity, onboard trip computer – the list was endless. To be honest, it all seemed a bit excessive at the start… little did I know it would actually turn me into the world’s worst driver.
It all started when my beloved Ford Fiesta had to go the dealership for a service and MOT and I was forced to drive a courtesy car for two days. The hire car was lovely but not quite up to the usual spec I’ve grown accustomed to. Never mind, its only 2 day right? WRONG. From the minute I pulled out of the forecourt, I suddenly turned into Maureen Rees from Driving School… all because I was without my technology.
It began with the ringing of my mobile phone… oh, err, no Bluetooth Car Kit. I finally pull over to answer the call and I’m asked by my boss to nip round to a client’s office to pick up some papers. What’s the postcode? Oh err, no sat nav… time to buy a map. When I did eventually find my way to the client’s offices (after several wrong turns), parallel parking without the assistance of my beloved parking sensors was a nightmare. I’ve come to rely on the sensors so much that I’ve actually forgotten how to park on my own – how bad is that? I feel ashamed. And I’m not even in the office yet!
For two days I became Britain’s worse driver, making several wrong turns, pulling over constantly to answer my phone, wasting petrol and driving like a crazed lunatic – all because I didn’t have my trusty technology guiding me along the way. When I finally got back my Ford Fiesta, I actually kissed it I’d missed it that much.
So, what’s the moral of this story? Either 1) NEVER accept a car without parking sensors, sat nav or onboard trip computer. 2) Invest in a portable sat nav with Bluetooth and voice commands – it’s a life saver. 3) Learn to live without your technology – it is possible apparently? Or 4) Realise you need to get a life and get back to driving school… oh the shame!