Q: Gary, this is probably your first letter about flying cars. They are not here yet, but will be. My concern is about the noise they will create. I live about two miles west of the San Jose airport, but it’s not the big jets that bother me. These are small single-engine airplanes that fly low and are very fast.
In addition, there are some small helicopters that fly around the South Bay. They are very loud and can shake walls. Being airborne, these sounds pollute the environment over a large area, affecting not only humans but also natural creatures like birds.
What would it be like when hundreds of flying cars were buzzed overhead, by a few pilots who have no respect for their fellow citizens? Will someone control the noise of these vehicles?
Joe Rich, Santa Clara
A: You’re actually the first person to ask about this. Car and Driver magazine says your fears are justified. The noise level of a flying car can be more disturbing than that of a motorcycle roaring down the freeway.
The noise of a flying car would require regulation. Schools, universities, hospitals, avoiding large pedestrians and work areas may require the establishment of corridors for them to provide security and peace. No one likes a constant blowing noise.
But it will take some time for the cars to fly in the sky.
Q: The Oregon Expressway is anything but an expressway. Are there plans to allow traffic between Bayshore and El Camino Real to move more quickly?
Jeff Hacker, Palo Alto
A: Not now, but a carpool lane could be added someday away.
Q: There’s been a joke going on in our house since I bought my car. I did the test drive with my husband in the back seat and with the salesman in the front seat. From the moment I hit the road, the salesperson kept saying, “You’re an excellent driver!”
It was like the movie “Rainman,” where Dustin Hoffman’s character kept saying, “I’m an excellent driver!”
My husband was not happy, because after that he could never complain about my driving. However, I do complain about his driving. This is very bad.
Jamaica Michaels, Benicia
A: Hope he learns from you.
Q: I can cite all the usual reasons that I’m a good driver, but the main reason I learned to drive in Boston is so I drive defensively to survive among the madmen.
Dan Pitt, Palo Alto
A: Defensive driving is always a good thing, especially in Boston.
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