Too Fat? It’s Not Your Fault, Blame Your Car!

Is it the cars that make us fat, or how we choose to use them?

Is it our cars that make us fat, or how we choose to use them?

A great injustice has been done to our beloved automobiles.

They have become a new candidate in the never-ending quest to figure out what’s to blame for the obesity problem in this country.

It seems the obvious causes are no longer worthy of blame. What about the fact that unhealthy fast food is cheaper than natural organic food? Or our propensity to watch a lot of TV while ingesting mass quantities of nachos and Hot Pockets?

No, the real culprit for our fatness is something far more sinister.

Our cars.

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Why All Mobile Phone Use Should Be Banned While Driving

Texting while driving accident

If there’s any lingering question as to why cell phones and driving should never be used in combination, the picture above should clear it up pretty quick.

Between the bus and the big rig is what’s left of a pickup, which was being driven by a 19-year-old kid. Just prior to slamming into the semi, the young driver had sent or received 11 text messages in as many minutes. Just after the collision, two school busses joined the chain reaction, killing a 15-year-old student. The texting driver also died. Two tragic losses that defy rationalization.

You’ve probably seen the images from last August’s crash and read the story already, but it’s a powerful reminder of the dangers phones create for everyone on the road. To prevent accidents like this and future deaths, should cell-phone use be banned outright for drivers across the United States? One government body thinks so.

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Ferrari or Facebook? Teens Driving Less

Ferris Bueller and the Ferrari GT California

Would Ferris today choose the Ferrari or Facebook?

When I was a teenager, I and all the other teens I knew waited with bated breath for our 16th birthday. That’s the day our parents let us skip school, took us to the local DMV and let us drive home with a brand-new driver’s license. From that day on our lives revolved around our cars. We’d drive to school, drive to friends’ houses, drive to movies on Friday nights and drive just for the sake of getting out to drive.

We watched “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” and lived vicariously through his “sick day” and his joyride in a Ferrari GT California.

Driving wasn’t just a transportation tool for us, it defined us. It gave us freedom and our first real taste of adulthood.

Many of today’s teens aren’t experiencing that, which is too bad. But it’s also a blessing.

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