New car features that will drive you crazy
New cars are supposed to make life more enjoyable, not more frustrating. We all love the way some cars do cool things we like. For example, many cars will open all the windows if you press the key fob a certain way. What a great feature as you walk towards a hot car on a summer’s day. Why don’t all cars do that? We here at TN recently wrote a few articles highlighting the best new car features, but now it’s time to let loose! Let’s take a look at look at the worst things automakers and our government regulators have saddled us with – and made us pay for.
- The Seatbelt Chime. This was by far the unanimous winner of our pole. Why do we have to hear the bing – bing – bing, now in ever increasing intensity, as we back our car out of the garage to wash it? We now have cars that can drive themselves, but we cannot figure out a way to suppress a seatbelt warning when wearing a seatbelt makes no sense? Grab your pitchfork and I’ll get a torch. See you at city hall.
- The Nav System Legal Agreement. We all understand that programming a multi-stop route, with varying preferences, into a Nav system, while in an ice storm at night, driving downhill is a bad idea. Got it. Can’t we sign an agreement once, prick a finger and put a bloody fingerprint on the document for authenticity and send it to the attorney general that agrees to whatever the heck those stupid Nav agreements say? I’ve never read one but I have tapped that damn agreement a brazillion times in hundreds of cars. Enough. We get it.
- Auto High Beam Dimming. – This sounds like a fantastic idea. Why not make a system that puts the high beams on all the time it makes sense, but then dims them when it doesn’t? Good idea in theory, but in practice it DOES NOT WORK. Our staff has tested multiple systems in multiple different brands and they simply cannot stay on enough. Plus, you don’t have the ability to blind oncoming drivers that did not dim their lights. Let’s face it we all like to dole out a little high-bean justice when we drive.