Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

All's Quiet on the Driving Front

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

All's Quiet on the Driving Front

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LORIS

WALL

COLUMNIST

loris.wall@dailymercury.com.au

IT WAS night and the car parked next to me at the lights had tinted windows.

But I could tell there was a passenger in the back seat. I could see the glow of their ipad screen. And I could tell it was a child, because as the vehicle pulled away, they forgot about technology for a second and reverted to that tried and true past-time enjoyed by all children travelling in the back seat of a car - holding your arm out the window and catching the breeze.

Technology, though, probably takes up about 90% of a child's travelling time these days. There are movies to watch on small screen, games to play and mobile phones to keep in contact no matter where you travel. But think how it's changed the lives of their parents.

Imagine what it must be like now for mums and dads heading out on the highway for a long drive to their holiday destination, safe in the knowledge their children are going to be super quiet and preoccupied for the next 500km or so. …

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