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How Driving Has Changed in the Last 50 Years

Redbook Logo By Angel Madison of Redbook | Slide 1 of 18: Taking your driver’s test is a rite of passage, but in 1970 it was a little harder than today. Learning how to perfect the K turn or squeezing between two cones was a little bit harder in your dad's big boat of a car. Teens getting their licenses today have zero clue how lucky they are. Some of today’s vehicles will do the tricky parallel parking for you, and even without that all of the censors and cameras around your car makes any parking such a snap. And while there is a lot of appeal to the super cool looking muscle cars of the 1970s, they weren’t exactly designed with the driver’s comfort in mind. Today you can find vehicles with so many custom amenities that can be suited to precisely to the needs of you and your family. Some of these features existed before 1970, but weren’t found with any regularity, but the changes made in the last 50 years have completely changed the experience of hopping behind the wheel. So, while we’re still a ways off from the flying cars ‘70s kids had been hoping for, there are some pretty great improvements to be thankful for.

Taking your driver’s test is a rite of passage, but in 1970 it was a little harder than today. Learning how to perfect the K turn or squeezing between two cones was a little bit harder in your dad's big boat of a car. Teens getting their licenses today have zero clue how lucky they are. Some of today’s vehicles will do the tricky parallel parking for you, and even without that all of the censors and cameras around your car makes any parking such a snap. And while there is a lot of appeal to the super cool looking muscle cars of the 1970s, they weren’t exactly designed with the driver’s comfort in mind. Today you can find vehicles with so many custom amenities that can be suited to precisely to the needs of you and your family.

Some of these features existed before 1970, but weren’t found with any regularity, but the changes made in the last 50 years have completely changed the experience of hopping behind the wheel. So, while we’re still a ways off from the flying cars ‘70s kids had been hoping for, there are some pretty great improvements to be thankful for.

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