These days, modern cars are rammed full of useful features that will make your everyday life easier. However, besides the common ones, manufacturers sometimes provide you with secret and hidden stuff you may not know about. Let’s get right into the video.
Number 1 – Fuel cap indicator
Imagine this. You’re in a new or unfamiliar vehicle for the first time. You’re at the gas station and don’t know for sure which side of your car the fuel cap is located. Left or right?
In most cases, vehicles with right-hand drive have fuel caps located on the left side and those with left-hand drive on the right side of the car. This makes parking near the pump and filling up with fuel much easier and safer. That said, it’s not always the case, for example, when a Japanese car designed to be right-hand drive is sold on the left-hand drive market it retains the location of the fuel cap on the left.
How do you tell for sure where the fuel cap is located? Look at your dashboard and see the fuel gauge. In most cases, on the fuel gauge is a little icon in the shape of a fuel pump. Look at which side of the pump is the hose located. If it is on the right, then your car has a fuel cap on the right side of the car and vice versa. Not exactly groundbreaking, but pretty useful!
Number 2 – Internal trunk release
Ever seen a movie and shouted at the screen because a person is locked in the trunk of a car, aged newer than 2001? Well for the car geeks among us, I have too. If you’re the owner of a new or newer car, you may have been puzzled by that fluorescent plastic handle mounted on the inside of your trunk lid.
First introduced on American cars, this feature became mandatory on all new cars produced and sold in the US market from September 1st, 2001. Pretty soon after, the feature was implemented by all other global manufacturers, and it has been proven to save lives and help people since then.
This feature is extremely useful when you get locked in your trunk, and just by pulling the lever, you can open your boot and exit the vehicle. It’s not only for victims of kidnapping attempts but for people involved in car crashes to exit the cars thorough the trunk. Don’t try this at home, but now you know its there if you need it!
Number 3 – Remote window button
Pretty much every car these days has power windows and keyless entry or at least a remote unlocking feature, so it makes sense for manufacturers to do some interesting stuff with the buttons on your key. The most popular is the remote windows button. You will not find it on your key since there will be just a lock/unlock button and a trunk open button but if you dig deep in your user manual you might find that if you press unlock for at least 5 seconds, all of the car’s windows will start to open, and the car will unlock. Also, if you hold the lock for 5 seconds, all windows will roll up, and the vehicle will lock itself. Pretty neat right?
Number 4 – Automatic hazard lights
In the relentless quest for safety in traffic, manufacturers are continually coming up with new passive and active features. You’ve likely heard about ABS, ESP and other electronic systems but the features don’t stop there. Car companies think of everything, and automatic hazard lights are a perfect example of how a small and simple feature can save lives.
Research shows that the largest number of highway accidents happen when the driver behind you cannot see you brake due to poor weather or lack of concentration on the road. This is why most new cars have hazard lights which turn on automatically under hard braking. The computer monitors the reaction time as well as braking force and if it calculates that you perform a panic braking maneuver; it turns on the hazard lights to alert drivers behind you. It proved to be helpful, and the number of highway accidents has dropped slightly since other drivers could see you hard braking from longer distances and had more time to act accordingly. Also, when you are concentrating on holding the steering wheel and braking, you don’t have time to manually turn on hazard lights so the car will do it for you.
Number 5 – Umbrella hidden in the door
This handy feature first appeared on the prestigious Rolls-Royce Phantom, but it was soon adopted by several more car companies, including economy car brands like Skoda. It’s a simple but effective feature, hiding a brolly in the rear passenger doors. This makes life a little bit simpler when you have to step outside into pouring rain. This feature is something that people often don’t know about and are surprised to find out that their car came with a pair of umbrellas. The best thing is the fact that engineers designed a drainage system, so when you put your umbrella back in the door, excess water will drain away from the car. That’s a perfectly elegant way of keeping yourself dry and your clothes presentable when you exit the car and dispose of the wet umbrella without soaking up the interior. Genius right?
So there you are. Which features did I miss? I must have missed a few. Let me know in the comments below.