I thought coming out of the grays would be a good thing, but no: the internet giveth, and the internet taketh away.

In yesterday’s Morning Shift I replied to a thread in which the commenter said we shouldn’t rely on technology to make people better drivers, but instead invest in training. My argument was the opposite, as I will argue until I am blue in the face that our money is better spent on trying to eliminate driver error, through the use of autonomous technology, as opposed to trying to mitigate through driver training.

I have seen first hand for years how much people suck at driving, and how they just don’t give a shit. For years in California, it has been illegal to talk on your phone while driving, or use it while driving. Yet people are constantly on their phone, and they drift, they slow, and they just suck. Or they use speakerphone because they don’t understand what HANDS-FREE means.


But anyways, the thread devolved into an argument about driving ability compared to someone’s socioeconomic status (my word, I think they had to look it up) because the other commenter argued (rightfully so) that increased technology would lead to increased car prices, and that it would hurt poorer drivers worse, and he said that the worst drivers tend to be those who can’t afford nice cars.

And that’s where I lost him. I tried to explain to him that someone’s socioeconomic status has NOTHING to do with someone’s driving ability seeing as how, at least in California, all you need to get a license is a pulse, be 18, and give the state $25. That’s it. This allows everyone to get a license. You may not be able to get a car, but you can get a license.


Just because you may make a million dollars a year does not mean you are a better driver. I don’t understand how people can even think this.

He even went further to say that poor people have no skills at all, and that’s why they’re poor.

Oh. My. Fucking. God.

Sure, people who have a lower status in society may not have a skill that pays as well, but that doesn’t mean they can’t do anything. I am so sick of this bullshit Republican propaganda that you are only poor because you’re lazy and don’t work hard enough.

I don’t make a lot of money each year but I have a skill, a very valuable skill, especially in this community. I’m a Master technician who specializes in German cars, advanced level diagnostics, and diesels (which is pretty rare). I have more professional certifications than technicians with 15 times my level of experience. I have more than $50,000 in professional tools. Yet, my earning potential is shit because this industry is shit. So is it my fault I don’t make more than $100,000 a year. Nope. That doesn’t mean I won’t try. In fact, I am trying to gain more skills in order to make more money.

But, NONE of this has any bearing on how good of a driver I am. Your income has NO BEARING, NONE, on your self-worth as an individual. And fuck those who think it does.