A car show enthusiast known by the handle SlimKlim recently wrote a reddit post entitled "Every Wrong With Cars and Coffee Culture." In the post, the author outlines some of his pet peeves about inconsiderate or reckless behavior by some attendees at car shows and meetups. His post is a call to action aimed at the gear-head community, asking car show lovers to self-monitor their actions in the interests of safety and public goodwill.
Car shows offer a great opportunity for family bonding, and many events host activities specially aimed at children. However, the combination of fast cars and crowds can be lethal. SlimKlim points to a couple of reckless practices that increase dangers for both drivers and innocent bystanders.
He begins by condemning the ever-popular "burnout" which involves exiting the event parking lot at a high rate of speed while burning tire rubber, often at the urging of camera-wielding onlookers. According to CBS News, in 2007 a professional driver lost control of his car and crashed into the crowd while performing a burnout. Six people died in the incident. SlimKlim call for an end to the practice, stating, "No matter the driver's skill level, there are simply too many variables on public roads for that behavior to be acceptable."
Inattentive drivers are another major concern, according to SlimKlim. He details an accident in which a 10-year-old girl was critically injured by a careless driver at an auto event. SlimKlim explains, "It took like 20 of us to lift the car off of her and she spent weeks in the hospital with dozens of broken bones, including her pelvis. All because someone got caught up in conversation, hopped in their car and started backing up without looking."
As the writer explains, many meets take place in strip mall parking lots during regular business hours. Not surprisingly, some business owners find the meetups intrusive and eagerly look for excuses to shut them down. In 2015, Burbank police issued a press release stating that events such as car shows "can create a public nuisance, disturb the peace and adversely impact the safe and efficient flow of traffic," according to the Los Angeles Times. Negative perceptions of car meetups can lead to tense relationships with area business owners, prompting police citations and threats of closure. SlimKim cautions car show patrons to avoid needlessly creating noise by revving engines, and to clean up their litter.
Given the burgeoning popularity of car meetups across the country, following SlimKlim's timely and commonsense advice can go a long way toward making auto events safer and more courteous for attendees and the general public. His post has sparked hundreds of responses, suggesting that the car show culture is ready for a thoughtful discussion of patron demeanor.