The Talking Car

by | Jun 11, 1997 | Conscience

I read an interesting story some time ago in an issue of Focus on the Family magazine about a man who bought one of those cars that had replaced warning lights with spoken instructions in a female voice.

In a soft voice, his “little woman”—as he called her—would say, “Your door isn’t closed properly.” “Your key is still in the ignition.” “Your seat-belt isn’t fastened properly.”

On one occasion he recalled how the voice of his “little woman” said, “Your fuel level is getting low.”

The driver thanked her and figuring he had sufficient fuel to take him a further 50 miles, ignored the voice and kept driving. A few minutes later, his “little woman” repeated, “Your fuel level is low.” The further he drove the more often his “little woman” repeated her warning.

Getting frustrated, he stopped his car, searched under the dashboard, and found the appropriate wires. One quick jerk and his “little woman” was silenced.

Imagine the “grin”; that is “cha-grin” on his face when, a few minutes later his car spluttered and jerked to a standstill—out of fuel. One could almost imagine the grin on his “little woman’s” face too!

We all have a little voice within. It’s called the voice of conscience. It can get very annoying at times, and sometimes we “pull its wires.” Too late we discover we have run out of fuel.

By Dick Innes, Daily Encounter . Used by permission.


The Talking Car