One nice thing about General Motors' press test cars - they usually have Satellite radio in them. On long trips, you just dial up XM 150 or 151 and listen to stand-up comedy the entire time.
On one recent trip, a comic was talking about how women might like to improve their bodies. He said, "They'd like to have more feet so they could wear more shoes."
Hey - I know some women like that.
But it got me thinking about footwear and driving, and how often I see people - men and women alike - driving in sandals or, worse still, flip-flops.
Come on, folks. Driving is a serious business. Ever try to get your right foot quickly from an accelerator to a brake pedal wearing flip-flops or sandals?
You're almost guaranteed you're going to catch the edge of the sole on one pedal or another. You'll lose valuable braking time and distance, and probably create a panic situation in your own self.
Maybe even have the thing come off your foot altogether and get jammed in the accelerator. Now, that's a party.
OK, so you don't have to make like Mario Andretti and wear purpose-built racing shoes.
Or fork out a mortgage payment or two for some Mephistos.
That said, my Pilotis are not only purpose-built driving shoes, they are by far the most comfortable shoes I have ever worn, of any kind. And with their clever elastic-and-clamp laces, they are a snap to take off and put back on when going through airport security.
So please people, proper shoes whenever you're driving. Lace-up, not loafer.
Ladies, those four-inch spikes? Ah, no...
And never - EVER! - sandals or flip-flops.
As they used to (almost) say, the life you save could be mine.