We don't need more regulation - many of the issues addressed in the article are already covered by state or federal motor vehicle safety regulations that aren't enforced. The advice in the article is practical and will probably be ignored by those who care more about how their vehicle looks and the image it projects than how it performs. For practical purposes, mods should address real shortcomings while having as little adverse impact on vehicle performance and handling as possible. There's nothing wrong with caring, and taking pride in, how a vehicle looks, but the driving force behind significant modifications to suspension, structure, and safety systems is often changing the appearance with little thought or understanding of the impact to vehicle safety, performance, and economy. In general, the thought given to mods on this forum is not the norm.
The most dangerous obstacles most of us encounter on our travels (daily and cross-country) are inclement weather, visibility issues such as darkness or being blinded by the light, and other people - whether criminal, distracted, or simply incapable of driving in that inclement weather. Proper preventive maintenance is the most important "mod" and most deserving of the expense. Properly aimed headlights, tires with adequate tread depth and construction for the expected use, good brakes and periodic brake fluid flushes, and an inspected and maintained suspension are good insurance against catastrophic events. Practicing defensive driving, situational awareness, self-awareness (are you impaired, sleepy...), experience and training are all better strategies for exploration than throwing money at mods that aren't needed. A side effect of this is that you have more money for actually taking trips.