About the Colony

Car ads just whiz right by

I’ve only had about three new cars since I got my driver’s license back in 1956. For some reason I have just purchased used cars and trucks. It isn’t that I don’t appreciate new vehicles; I have never had the money to plunk down on one.

A friend asked me just the other day if I had seen a particular car commercial. I couldn’t recall. Most car commercials don’t appeal to me.

I’ve never put any car I owned into a slow-motion spin on wet pavement or in the surf. I’ve never zipped around hairpin curves in the mountains or climbed a sand dune.

And now I’m seeing a new generation of cars with small monitors built into the dashboard in view of the driver that have more options than I have on the computer that I’m using to compose this week’s column.

We’ve all been warned about the dangers of texting while driving, and now we’re putting in devices that call the driver’s attention away from the roadway. I was relieved to learn from a friend of mine who just purchased a brand-new car that you can’t type a message while the vehicle is moving. Thank goodness.

I don’t need a satellite to tell me where to turn. I have a wife for that.

I do like gadgets and buttons, so I will admit I’m attracted to the interior of these new vehicles. The seats are generally more comfortable than what I sit in at home, and I was delighted to learn that they include built-in hot pads. At this age where it is normal to have multiple aches and pains, a seat and back warmer make sense.

I am curious about one thing. Have they quit putting turn signals on cars or is it that nobody uses them anymore?I do enjoy humor in car commercials, such as the latest from Volkswagen wherein the family test-driving the car takes it home and all rush inside the house, leaving the salesman sitting alone in a dark garage.

And I can’t forget another favorite in which the driver swerves to avoid a squirrel or similar critter and in the next frame the same little critter saves the same human driver by dropping a tree into the roadway to prevent him from driving over the bridge that has been washed out.

I’m glad car sales are doing better now. That is good news for the USA.

I never cease to be amazed at all the innovations being put into the modern car, nor the wide variety of ways there are to make me want to buy one.

Lon Allan has lived in Atascadero for nearly four decades. His column appears here every week. He can be reached at 466-8529 or leallan@tcsn.net.