Many of us think of cars as appliances. “As long as it gets me from point A to B, and it’s cheap, I don’t care!” – is what I hear often. To other drivers, styling is the key metric, and they don’t care if they have to use a crane to get out of their low-slung Subaru BRZ. “But it looks great!”, meaning: “I look great and sexy in it”. Well, so do young women in 10” heels, but with a sore back and a knee problem, you may want to rethink your footwear choice. Just as I skip wearing spandex at the gym. That beer gut just doesn’t do proper gym wear justice…
But how much do we really know about the cars we drive? We’re all familiar with “standard” equipment, like power windows, etc. And we all know about all this new electronic stuff. But there are some hidden gems in some cars, that make our lives easier, yet I’m not sure most of us are aware of their existence. Some cars make it impossible to lock your keys in, for instance. Other cars have clever windshield wiper designs that clear the largest possible area of your front glass.
One of the cars I’ve owned recently had a fairly clever timing device controlling the wiper blades. The usual setting for most wipers is that you have two speeds and an intermittent setting. In this car, if you were operating the wipers in the first constant speed setting, the system would automatically switch to an intermittent setting whenever you’d come to a stop, and then back up to regular setting, once you got going again. A little thing, but a pleasure to experience when driving.
Many of the better brands out there offer not only more performance, reliability, comfort and safety, but also other little things that you can enjoy. Just think: some engineering team somewhere spent a few days designing your favorite little thing. Let’s enjoy those little things before the autonomous crap takes over.