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I have a dream that someday I will be cruising down the highway in my dream car. At the rate science and technology is advancing, I know that my dream will soon become a reality. Although I don't know much about the rudiments of cars and their fancy names, I do know what I want in my dream car.

First and foremost, the car should definitely be a half-truck and half-sport utility vehicle. I will be using it to transport my children, my pets and in-laws as well. Although a mini-van will do just as nicely, I do not want to look like a pasar malam trader. The bucket-seats should be foldable or even removable to suit my needs. For example, I need some space for children to stretch and play during long journeys or watch their favorite programs on the built-in television and computer. Of course, the built-in child safety seat can also be easily folded when not in use.

Thanks to technological advancement, my dream car will be computerized. I will be able to receive traffic or weather updates, listen to my voice e-mail or even ask for directions. It will also be able to suggest alternative routes during a traffic jam or warn me to avoid a certain road. The computer will also provide important information for forgetful people like me such as the dates to renew my road tax and license. To keep me awake on long journeys, there is a video camera that focuses on the driver. If my eyes begin to blink or droop due to tiredness, the system will sound the alarm, suggesting that I should take a break.

Next, for safety reasons, my dream car will be able to detect and adjust my speed and automatically apply brakes when necessary. It will also be able to avoid skidding with its traction control. This is important for rainy days when my vision might be affected. If my car sways into another lane, the computer will take control and steer me back to safety with its lane-sensing video cameras. For night driving, the car's sophisticated night vision system will project any object that lies beyond the range of my headlights.

To avoid theft and burglary, it will also have a state-of-the-art alarm system. If there is any attempt of a break-in, the car will notify me on the mobile phone as well as the police. If the thief is able to activate the system, the car can only travel to the nearest police station before it cruises to a halt and all systems shut down.

These features that were once considered unimaginable just ten years ago are now a reality. My dream car will definitely be one that suits my life and be fun to drive around. In the meantime, I will be zooming round town with my modified, sporty yellow Kancil. See you on the highway soon!

     
  1. From paragraph 1,
    (a) what is the writer's dream ?
    (b) give a reason why the writer is confident that her dream will soon be a reality.
     
  2. From paragraph 2, why does the writer prefer that the bucket-seats be foldable or removable ?
     
  3. From paragraph 3,
    (a) which phrase indicates the writer's need for the car to give her important information ?
    (b) what would the computer in the car do if she felt sleepy ?
     
  4. From paragraph 4, what advantage does the car have over an ordinary car for night driving ?
     
  5. From paragraph 6,
    (a) "These features that were considered unimaginable just ten years ago ..." What does the phrase 'these features' refer to ?
    (b) what car is the writer driving till her dream car comes along ?
     
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    Answers
     
  1. (a) Her dream is to drive down the highway in her dream car.
    (b) It will be a reality because science and technology is fast advancing.
     
  2. She needs a play area for her children./ Her children should be able to watch their favorite programs on the built-in computer.
     
  3. (a) " ... for forgetful people like me ..."
    (b) It would sound an alarm.
     
  4. It has a sophisticated night vision system which will project any object that lies beyond the range of the headlights.
     
  5. (a) It refers to the car's features.
    (b) She is driving a yellow Kancil.
     
 
 
 
 

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