Reader: Respect classic drivers

2013-01-22 08:15

CAPE TOWN - It may seem obvious but it is now official. The owners of cherished and classic cars in Germany are the safest drivers in the country, according to a survey by Dresden University for the VDA car industry federation.

The figures show that the owners of older cars, many of which have been lovingly restored, drive more carefully than the average driver. Vehicles older than 30 years make up just 0.9% of the cars on German roads but are involved in only 0.1% of accidents.


Reader BRIAN SPARROW, a member of the Piston Ring club, believes that classic car owners make for better drivers:

"I must agree, collector car drivers are firstly very careful drivers, wanting all to see the car. Secondly most oldies have drum brakes, some without boosters and of course not many spares available, to repair any damage.

My biggest fear on the roads are the hogs in their fancy four wheel drives and the new fast cars. I believe most of them have no respect for old cars.

I have three collector cars - 1962 Chevrolet Corvair Monza 900 coupe, a 1965 Chevrolet Corvair Corsa four-door pillar-less  and a 1982 BMW 635 CSI .
The Corvairs are left hand drive and all three cars are used daily and maintained by myself."

Check out Brian Sparrow's car collection here!

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  • chris.shield - 2013-01-22 10:09

    I've driven an assortment of classics as daily drivers over the years and the biggest problem is people not realising that you don't have the same benefit of modern braking technology that they do. If you see a big gap in front of an older car it's not there for you to jump into and then test the effectiviness of your 4-pot ABS equipped disc brakes! Its there to prevent a rear-end collision!

  • drakanevony - 2013-01-22 17:25

    I have to agree ChrisX. I also drive a golden oldie of 1975 each day to work and part of my journey is +- 20km highways drive. I leave early for work and come home early, so for me there is no haste to drive like a maniac. The part on the highway is always problematic, as you leave a safe gap for breaking etc (only drum brakes), and daily you get these drivers that push in, in front of you – it is simple a terrible idea.

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