Deb Gruver, left, with her mother, Vera Gruver, and
husband, Joshua Wood.
My 2017 hybrid has all the latest technology (well, in its class – I’m sure a Mercedes or Jaguar has some toys my car doesn’t have). When I go to turn right, a camera pops up to show me what’s to my side. Apple Car Play allows me to access my painstakingly-curated playlists with a quick touch of a computer screen. If I want it to, it will read my text messages aloud or play voicemails.
But just because my car barks an order at me doesn’t mean I have to follow that order.
If the semi driver hadn’t been doing a better job on the road than I was, I have no doubt I would been added to the list of fatalities on our roadways.
I learned a scary lesson that day. I can’t let technology make decisions for me.
I need to rely on common sense when I’m behind the wheel.
Deb Gruver is the KDOT Public Affairs Manager in Hutchinson