We Americans love our cars. In fact, we almost live in them.
There have been days when I've eaten all three meals in the car - and judging by the crap I see in my car and other peoples,' we keep a full wardrobe and a gym locker full of supplies in our back seats. With massive numbers of cup holders and connections to all types of electronic devices, we've made our cars not only comfortable but habitable. I actually go sit in my car when my back's bothering me - it's the best seat in the house.
But you know what cars don't have? Someplace to put my purse. I mean, I have about a million compartments of unknown purpose within reach of the driver's seat, but my purse - where I keep glasses, notes, lipstick etc - is either strewn all over the passenger seat or the floorboard. And that's just before the first near-miss of the day.Then the contents are everywhere.
I don't get it. I know the auto design industry is probably dominated by men, but don't they have wives? Haven't the salespeople noticed on test drives that women don't have anyplace to stow their belongings? Don't they get tired of holding strangers' things on their laps?
Of course they do. It's just another instance of how we accommodate the world instead of the world accommodating us.
Do we have to start a movement? Why can't some bright, alert, and brave person change our lives by acknowledging what we all know to be true - that we need someplace to stow our bags in the car?
Why not? It's beyond me.
3/23/2018 05:57:50 pm
Brilliant challenge. There might also be a sensor that discerns that the object heavy enough to warrant a "passenger airbag on" light might not be a person but a purse or briefcase on the seat. Keep posting these ponderings, Paule. The universe may respond with solutions.
3/23/2021 10:22:27 am
For real! I’m so tired of my purse falling over and spilling all over the place. And when it all goes between the seat and the center console is when I get particularly aggravated. I remember seeing online a little mesh sling that could attach from the drivers headrest to the passengers headrest to hold your person in place between the seats. I wish I could find it again, I would definitely like to order one
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