We’re the last ones to want to wave a don’t-finger, but it’s now or never. As in: intervene now or never be allowed to drive your car through a city center again. Or over dikes, or through nature reserves. It’s time to bring noise drivers to order, before we all get punished as motorists.
Noisy drivers? Yes, we had to come up with a short, catchy term. But you do know them. Those low-slung figures in a Golf R from two generations back who seem to have bought the thing with only one goal: to bark as loudly as possible and with a lot of tuned crackling through shopping streets. We don’t understand this, because if you want people to see you so badly, you drive slowly, right? Play some music, look cool. And if you really want to step on the gas, don’t you do it on a remote country road without thresholds or manhole covers? Will be up to us.
Well, those types. Not only are they on the hook, they threaten to ruin it for all of us. Because the non-electric car is already in a dubious light at the moment. Some people are starting to act against it more and more. CO2, nitrogen – it leaves a bad taste. What you can’t also have is an aso that will wake your children when it thunders past your front door late at night. Or much worse, endangering them if he does it during the day. ‘Car-free city centre!’ you call soon.
Logically, that’s what happens. More and more cities are banning cars from their centres. Officially because of crowds and air quality, but we dare to say that noise drivers also have something to do with it. If only because they considerably increase support for such a measure.
Noise drivers: just act normal, please
Motorcyclists can confirm that something like this can go from bad to worse. Due to high-speed whining and angry local residents, some of the country’s most beautiful dike roads are now completely or partially off limits to them. This also affects people who only want to tour a bit on Sundays. It limits everyone’s enjoyment.
In the US, some diesel pick-up figures have found it funny for some time to modify their trucks so that the exhausts emit large, jet-black plumes of soot. You know this as rolling coal and it is regularly filmed extensively and shared online. Result: California has now tightened its approval requirements in such a way that the entire tuning community in the state is affected.
So here’s some simple advice from us: think about it. If you like driving, you must now feel that you have to watch out a little if you want to enjoy your hobby for a long time. More misbehavior = more nuisance = more restrictions, and more hay on the fork of the anti-car lobby. Which, in this case, when it comes to noisy drivers, we are also most right.