My wife and son were in a car accident earlier this week. Thankfully no one was hurt and the car is being taken care of by the friendly folks in car insurance land.
But there’s nothing quite like getting a phone call telling you the people you treasure most have been in an accident, and the relief after learning that they’re perfectly OK. It’s a moment that puts life in perspective and, as much as we love cars, it reminds us that they’re only possessions that can be fixed or replaced.
Being thankful for those we love, and for those who love us, is the real point of the Thanksgiving holiday. But let’s also give some thanks to the features on our cars that keep us all safe and comfortable while on the road.
Electronic Stability Control
Anything that helps a vehicle from spinning out of control or flipping over is welcome. ESC uses sensors to apply the brakes to individual wheels, possibly averting tragedy. It’s so effective, all new cars will be equipped with the technology by 2012.
As the old saying goes, once you go heated, you’ll never back.
Studless snow tires
I hate studs. There was a time I swore by them, but after seeing the efficient way in which they tear up dry pavement, I’m sold on the studless rubber that is equally, if not more, effective.
The Lady in the Box (GPS navigation)
The Lady in the Box has guided me through Dublin, Dallas, Denver and nearly everywhere in between. Sure, I’ve disappointed her a few times by missing a turn and causing her the trouble of “recalculating,” but she always got me where I needed to go.
This one might sound trivial and silly, but a snowy, slushy drive over a mountain pass leaves untold masses of grime on headlights, severely reducing visibility. With the push of a button, the headlights are cleared. Before headlight washers, people had to make dangerous road-side stops and try to wipe the headlights clean with used fast food napkins. And that’s no way to spend a holiday!
What car features are you thankful for?