"A fool or a knave at the driving wheel of a motor vehicle is far more dangerous both to the public and to himself than a fool or a knave on the driver's seat of a hay wagon. Hence, on this latter-day road, the crucial challenge is no longer technological but psychological. . . . The old challenge of physical distance has been transmuted into a new challenge of human relations between drivers who have learned how to 'annihilate distance' and have thereby put themselves in constant danger of annihilating one another."

British Historian Arnold Toynbee (A Study of History) thus...

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