Since amusement parks on the order of Cedar Point (the best thing Ohio has to offer) don’t exist in Italy, Italian parents like to offer their kids that same experience. Thus the moda of the microcar. Just because it looks like a car, acts like a car, and goes on roads like a car, parents pretend that it’s not a car. Unlike my dad, who pretended I was actually driving a real car, in topsy-turvy Italy, parents pretend their kids are driving fake ones. So it’s the ‘must-have’ item on any 16 year old’s wish list.
It took not one - but two - fatal accidents in the same weekend to finally shock the Romans out of their collective cognitive dissonance. In true Italian style, of course, it’s not the fault of the person who doesn’t need a driver’s license to drive their toy car – no full-fledged patente, just a mini-patentino will do; it’s the mechanics’ fault for souping them up a bit so they’ll drive just like a real car.
Instead of cracking down on the cars, the parents, the kids, they’ve decided to go after the mechanics.
As for me, unless it’s your 13 year old on the tractor in the fields of Puglia, these kids should never be on four wheels - in Roman traffic - under any circumstances.Take them to Cedar Point instead.
the popular microcar - just for kids! in Rome.
Cedar Point's cars are larger.