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Default Idea for making driving better

I propose eliminating insurance. Not for injury, just for the car. Noone on the road can carry insurance to replace or repair their car. Nor can you sue someone to recover any damages. I think this will do a several things
- bring the cost and complexity of cars down
- make better drivers out of everyone
- modular, plug and play cars
- bumpers that can take a punch
- make driving safer

And they can do what they have done in a few European cities (from what I've read) where they took down all the traffic signs while they're at it. Make everyone responsible for navigating the streets themselves. This will also free police up from policing cars to police people and criminals. How many police and how much money is wasted being mommy to the ant colony of cars humming around out there?
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bumpers that can take a beating(like our saabs ) tend to seriously injure people when they happen to step into your path...
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Heck, I support an idea like that. I'm sure everyone would become a bit more protective of their vehicle...I already am; collision insurance is coming off my car because I can't afford to pay for it.

However, although everyone here in America is happy to brag about their personal freedoms, personal and social responsibility don't seem to be high priorities on anyone's list anymore. If we can't even deal with paying taxes for social security, how can we be expected to courteously make way for other drivers in a lawless road system?

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- make better drivers out of everyone
- make driving safer
What about idiots that drive a POS car and don't care how many cars they bang up on their way around town.

The world is full of too many idiots for this to happen. I would love it though. Maybe we should take over Australia or something....
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Maybe we should take over Australia or something....
Canada's alot closer, and they have all the good beer and skiing anyways...


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Canada's alot closer, and they have all the good beer and skiing anyways...


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Australia has nice weather and surfing. It's a tossup. Though perhaps the Canadians might give up their country sooner...
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what you are saying is totally unrealistic.
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what you are saying is totally unrealistic.
What, the no insurance or the Australia thing?
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Belive me Australia is full of idiots as well, why would you want to come here?
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What, the no insurance or the Australia thing?
everything...
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Everywhere is full of idiots, though. Well, except maybe Djibouti. I've never been there, and I don't know anyone who has, so I can't comment. Djibouti may well be this kind of driving paradise, where compacts and SUVs live together in perfect harmony and everyone uses their turn signals. Of course, it may well be another carpet-bombed, third-world African country stocked to the gills with rebel forces vicariously tearing into each other's throats, but I'm a dreamer.

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Though perhaps the Canadians might give up their country sooner...
We dont want Canada, they gave us Bryan Adams (although they did apologize), but also Terrance and Phillip .

Or we could just ask ourselves, What would Brian Boitano do?
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He'd make a plan and he'd follow through! That's what Brian Boitano'd do.

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well canada is the unoffical 51st state...
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- bring the cost and complexity of cars down
- make better drivers out of everyone
- modular, plug and play cars
- bumpers that can take a punch
- make driving safer


.................and here's the ideal vehicle we'd end up with!


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Just come on down to Canada! We have more than our fair share of horrendous drivers, but maybe if enough people gather in one place we could take over a province, hold a referendum and break off into our own country! Problem solved.
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Australia has nice weather and surfing. It's a tossup. Though perhaps the Canadians might give up their country sooner...
but i dont like porteen...
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Man, all those spikes and push bars are sure gonna slow down the Viggen if this one passes...

On the upside, I have been meaning to weld the doors shut and paint her orange...
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We dont want Canada, they gave us Bryan Adams (although they did apologize), but also Terrance and Phillip .

Or we could just ask ourselves, What would Brian Boitano do?
Give you Bryan Adams? More like hiding a trout under your rear seat. Anyone want a Celine Dion milk and chicken bomb chaser? Nice thread hijack by the way!
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When I was living in Colorado some years ago, there was serious talk of the opposite -- universal insurance -- for some of the same reasons. They toyed with the idea of simply adding 10 cents or so to the price of a gallon of gas and everyone would be covered and the cost would directly correlate to the number of miles that you drove.

They claimed that it would streamline traffic enforcement -- no citations for lack of insurance, simplified accident reports, etc. They also claimed that it would protect the average driver from the worst drivers since the worst ones carried no insurance (they would buy a policy then cancel the day after they registered the car) and the average driver ended up paying for damages that were someone else's liability.

Tied into this proposal were rudimentary guidelines for revoking the license of a repeat offender. This was the part that got the most debate -- 'is it a violation of rights to revoke...' etc.

I was all for it at the time because an uninsured driver had caused an accident that nearly totalled my '86 900S, and I had to pay my deductable and be without a car for about a MONTH while the lawyers debated about who should pay whom (it was a 5-car accident) and the car just sat in the shop. The accident happened on Colorado Blvd. in Denver right in front of the Saab dealership -- a lady shopping for Saabs saw the wreck and saw me walk away from a direct hit in the driver's side door by a full-sized Ford van and she immediately decided that the Saab was the car for her. The salesman came back to the shop later to thank me!
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