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Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
8 months ago

Happy Saturday, GN!

That’s a good idea for cats, especially if you were unlucky enough to have more than one.

X_LA_Native
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8 months ago

Happy Saturday, GN!
I’m awake!!!

We’re getting a little rain today, and as so often happens, I needed to run to town. Yeah, it was coming down pretty hard, and I make a conscious effort to stay out of the running water on the road. But at one point, I had on-coming traffic in the other lane so I scooted over just a touch to make sure we all had room.
And I hit a leetle puddle and all of a sudden the traction control kicks in with its associated idiot light going off on the dash.
Scared me to death.

I’ve driven through the first 500-year storm. I’ve driven in light snowfall with bald rear tires. Suffice it to say, I’ve driven in worse conditions and never had that thing engage. I guess when it was at the dealer, the computer updated. Hmmm … I should check the maps on the nav system …

Hope y’all are having a good day!

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
8 months ago

Happy CaterBunkDay, Gerbil Nation!
Good morning, Sven, and TeX!

Tried to get a jump on some tasks before it got hot -- I got a jump on some tasks, but it’s already hot -- and humid.

TeX -- I understand about the traction control. Mrs. Paddy’s new car has things like lane-departure warning/control on it. There are three settings: off; warning; and control. I decided to play around with it while driving one day. It came from the dealer in the off position, so I turned it to warning. When the car thinks you’re drifting out of your lane, a light comes on the dash and the steering wheel vibrates. That’s a weird feeling, especially when driving winding mountain roads where the software gets confused. The ‘control’ setting is even more unnerving. When the computer thinks you’re drifting out of your lane, the light on your dash lights up and the computer takes control of your steering to put you back in your lane. The first time it started moving me into another lane was the last time it was on. No thanks!

X_LA_Native
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8 months ago

I don’t disagree with you in the slightest.
I think “Advanced” Driver’s Systems are more of a distraction than anything else.
The last car I rented had it, and the street my hotel was on had a really nice curve on approach. No matter which lane I took that curve, Lane Departure would warn me. It wasn’t a long trip, but I must have told that thing to KMA more times than I can count.

And ‘den! Kaaaaaate-y and I took an Uber to Sweetwater two years ago now. I guess the driver had had his windshield replaced, and they didn’t re-calibrate the system -- at least not currectly.
Anytime he approached the middle of the lane, the right side gizmos would flash and ping. I audibly gasped looking *into* the wheelwell of a semi and the system never made a sound.

And yes, Buick and Acura have some awesome 360° cameras, but for the love of all that’s holy, turn your freakin’ head once in awhile! I can’t tell you the amount of people I’ve watched back out of a spot purely watching their console.