Relatively few people have recently driven car from the carburetor age in the last ten years. Given the age of the population, many drivers have never driven a vintage car, with the original engine, brakes, and such, on public highways. This article is for those of you who have not taken an older car onto the roads in the last decade or two.
Drivers of antique cars have the same issues, only multiplied. A 1924 Dodge Brothers car driver might be able to hit 35 mph, but not go any faster, and has far worse brakes than even something from ten years later. Cars have become more and more powerful, and able to stop and steer more and more effectively. Unfortunately, they’ve also become laden with distracting devices, too.
In the time when these cars were made, it was less common for drivers rely entirely on power of their brakes, though we still had zig-zaggers — those who cross three lanes three times in three seconds, searching for an advantage so they can gain one or two carlengths; they just generally didn’t cut it so close.… Read the rest