Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Can You Believe This???

I was waiting for the green traffic light at the intersection of Prince William Parkway and Minnieville Road on my way home from work this afternoon. I was driving a Suburban so I could see the driver of the other car and his body position while driving in a very awkward position .  Maybe it’s because I don’t have long legs that I can’t understand the phenomenon I saw, but even so, it does seem incredibly odd and unsafe. Why would a person drive a car with his one foot while his arm is behind his head as if he is ready to go to sleep? Weird isn't it? How can you possibly drive safely with your foot controlling the steering wheel? Being petite as I am, of course my feet can barely reach the dashboard of my car, but I could imagine what it would be like to have longer legs and being able to hold the steering wheel with one foot and  have the other one navigating between the brake and the gas pedal. It's just a crazy, unsafe idea.

Besides the absurdity of having your foot do what your hand should be doing, how could you maintain good control over the car like that?

Some people really amaze me...


Yannie said...

Yes it’s kinda weird. But believe it or not a Half[?]-Filipina Pilot, Jessica Cox, was able to fly an airplane with her legs. She was born without arms. It’s really amazing.

I read it in a local newspaper, and tried to find her name her in internet. Luckily I found it. It’s very inspiring. And am proud to say she’s a Filipina!

Anyway, here’s the website http://www.disabled-world.com/disability/motivational/jessica-cox-pilot.php.

Amie said...

Hi Marianne, thanks for your thoughts. Yeah I've read about Jessica Cox's story in a Filipino newspaper here in DC. There is a big difference in driving a car and flying a plane. Most of the functions of an airplane are push buttons. And depending on the size, usually you have an assistant pilot. With the car you need both hands to stabilize the steering wheel and only the driver have the access/control of the gas pedal, brake, etc. even if he has somebody riding with him.