Back in the day when seat belts, collapsible steering columns did not exist yet.
Back in the day when if an accident did occur people in the car would go flying all over the interior, risk being impaled by the steering column, or go through a windshield.
Compared to today driving was dangerous, you would put yourself in harms way.
If you remember the demise of muscle cars, was primarily due to insurance companies refusing to insure them. In addition to dropping the compression ratio in 1971.
Back then folks had this innate sense that if anything untoward would occur in a car, you would get hurt, you might go flying out of the car, an encounter with a windshield or dashboard was a real possibility.
The ability to drive, the art of driving was the first defense in being safe in a car.
Fast forward to today...
Vehicles are dramatically safer, with seat belts, air bags, ABS brakes, collision warning, to name a few. In addition to crush zones to absorb the energy of a collision.
It almost begs the question..."how do you get hurt in a vehicle in 2015?"
Simple...as vehicles have become safer, the quality of the driving has progressively deteriorated (being polite) to the point where at times it becomes genuine Wow moments of human inaptitude (being polite again).
Way back in the day there was a mantra "Safety does not sell"...referring to a padded dash. Folks did not want to pay a premium for a padded dash.
Fast forward to today, between the ongoing talk of self driving vehicles, the plethora of safety features in any vehicle, the high demand for safety features. Have we reached the point that "Driving does not sell".
Is driving especially in major metro areas becoming an after thought?
A lost art?