Have you gotten into the latest “gotta have this gadget in your new car” craze yet? To be honest, hope and pray that you aren’t in the market for a new car as of right now. It used to be all one had to do was put the key in the ignition, turn it, start the car, turn the radio on, put it into drive and hit the gas pedal. Don’t forget to brake for skateboarders even though you might feel a slight urge not to.
Now you have key codes to enter your car, or key fobs that you just wave in front of your keyless entry automobile (how do you get in if the key fob ever takes the day off and decided not to work?).
You also have internet GPS systems that will give you directions while driving and tell you when your turn is 3/10ths of a mile ahead on your right. To think you thought it was 4/10ths of a mile ahead on your right. What would you have done without that nugget of information? Wait a minute, how far is 3/10ths of a mile by the way, and do I have time to wait for someone to let me over into the right lane before my turn comes up? The trusty GPS forgot to mention that.
GPS’ and internet hot boxes in cars to me are just as dangerous as would be reading the local newspaper while driving yourself to work. It will speak to you sometimes, yes, but it also shows you your location on the map and you have to lean over and look at it and try to make sense of it while keeping your eyes on the road. Kind of notice that most people haven’t mastered that art yet by the number of accidents caused by playing with their internet hot box as you read in the paper while driving to work the other day. Did you also get to read about nutribullet reviews while you were exiting the highway? Hey, when you want information go right to the source.
A favorite new techie gadget for the internet in the car is that it does not only show you if there is a car and how far away you are from it as it is driving behind you as you’re backing up. Another favorite, easy to learn and hard to master (okay that’s a lie, it’s hard to learn and hard to master) it that you can also look at the screen in your new car as it shows you how to pull into a parallel parking space. Are you the yellow rectangle or the blue one? Is the red box the one you’re supposed to align the purple box next to? To think, you thought old school ‘look and fit’ into the space was tough. It’s easy as cake compared to all these colored boxes.
If you’re in the market for a new car, be sure to ask the dealer to show you how these things work before you drive off the lot. Otherwise you’ll be as useless using them as you would back in the day you read the paper on your drive to work. IF your interested in a great blender, check out blender judge and be pleasantly surprised.