A driving licence is a driving licence. It covers you for all 'cars' up to a certain size... right? Yes, but for how long?
I recently visited Mercedes-Benz World in the UK, it was my first time there, and for anyone who hasn’t been (car fanatic or not) I highly recommend you do. The museum alone is worth a visit, with well-known classic Mercedes cars sitting adjacent to brand new supercars and with entry being free, there really isn’t any reason not to.
However, this article isn’t reviewing Mercedes-Benz World. In this article, I want to find out from you, what impact you think the ever-increasing technical options available on cars will have on insurance prices and going one step further, licencing laws.
So, how does this fit in with Mercedes-Benz World? Well, whilst I was visiting, I popped outside to take a quick look at the track. Out of sheer coincidence I was outside at the exact same time the silver arrows (Mercedes-Benz World’s stunt drivers) were preparing to take four lucky winners around their track for a few hot laps. The silver arrows were brilliant, they revved their engines, raced around the track and performed synchronised drifting… I just had to give it a go. And then I heard it… £15 for a hot lap in a Mercedes AMG car, that was my queue, I was straight up to the front desk to book myself in.
The car I was taken out in was a circa 2016 Mercedes E63. I had gotten pretty lucky in that I managed to book a slot where I was the only passenger, allowing me to talk directly with the driver. During my lap, I asked him which of the cars was his favourite, (I had secretly wished to be taken out in the C63 S I’d seen earlier) he looked at me, taking his eyes off the road for a split second, before saying “well not this one”. I laughed and agreed, he told me he liked the C63 S and the CLS most. We eventually got to talking about the new E63 S and its ability to send 100% of its torque to the rear-wheels at effectively the click of a button. He hadn’t driven one yet, but that’s when he told me… “If you click that button while on the road, your insurance company won’t cover you if crash it”.
Now this may not be entirely true, and there may be some stipulations, but it does beg the question, with cars getting ever faster and more technologically advanced, will more and more insurers be putting these kind of stipulations in their insurance policies? And if so, are they right to, or should we be allowed to make that decision for ourselves?
YouTuber/car influencer MrJWW has briefly touched on the topic of drivers licences in a few of his past videos. The one that comes to mind is when he takes his McLaren 675lt over to Wales with a 570s lent by McLaren. There, as he drives his car on some beautiful roads, he comes to the conclusion that at some point, whether it be now with the 675lt or in the near future, “You should have another licence…” to drive cars which are that fast.
But don’t listen to me… what do you think? Are insurers right to put stipulations on their policies? Should we require another licence to drive so-called 'faster' cars?
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