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Cars: is there anything they can’t do? I mean, obviously, they can get you places faster than anyone could have imagined just a couple of centuries ago. But they can also fulfil a few other magical functions. For example, they can serve as a supplementary handbag, expanding you carrying capacity by approximately 500% compared to other forms of transport. They can avoid collisions, control your speed for maximum petrol efficiency, and even provide makeshift accommodation in a pinch. 

It’s true that there are plenty of things they can’t do as well – it’s not like cars are actually magic, after all. Apparently, they can’t drive underwater. Well, they can, but not for very long, and the end result is getting bogged and having to find a mechanic near Coburg at 7 in the morning. At least, that’s what happens if said underwater driving occurred because you were trying to take a shortcut through Merri Creek on your way to work. Yeah.

Okay, it was a stupid thing to do, not to mention illegal. I must have gotten cocky about what my car can do, having explored its functionality to the fullest extent. I’ve learned my lesson, anyway – cars cannot do all things, and a roadworthy certificate does not equate to a water-worthy certificate. I probably could have surmised as much from the terminology, if I’d taken a moment to think about it.

That’s the problem with the functionality of today’s cars, though – it’s too easy to become complacent, and forget to think things through. Everything seems to be under control, so why waste mental space making decisions about driving terrain? I realise that the technology is not designed to stand in for the driver’s discretion, but it’s bound to happen, especially when there’s 500 handbags’ worth of misc items rolling around in the cabin. Mini boomboxes, books, loose bobby pins… it’s not conducive to thinking straight.