7 Car Questions Youve Always Wanted to Ask But Never Have
Posted by: Dan on 30/05/2016
7 Car Questions You’ve Always Wanted to Ask (But Never Have)
Even if you love cars, have been driving for years, and read as many blogs and magazines as you can, it’s easy to still feel like you don’t know all you could, from questions about old cars, to what your current car can do, to even bigger questions surrounding transport and car ownership.
The topic of cars is an infinitely vast one, and reading about them can raise as many questions as it answers. Here are 7 car and driving-related questions you’ve always wanted to ask but probably never have.
1. If there is such demand for classic cars from vintage lovers, why aren't they reissued?
In light of the fact that a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO fetched over $50 million AUD at auction last year, or that in recent years the vintage car market has outperformed such luxury items as wine and fine art by more than 230% in terms of investment growth, many have wondered why manufacturers won’t reissue new models built like the old classics.
Although scarcity is a factor (similar to how Ferrari only releases a limited number of new models to keep a lustre around its brand) the question, in essence, is one of safety. These cars may look beautiful, but most vintage classic cars, if remade today, would not meet modern safety standards.
So, while you certainly may see a tribute version or reimagining of an old icon on the roads again, replica classic cars without airbags, an A-frame design, or headlights in compliance with current safety standards would not make it off the assembly line.
2. Just how fast can my car actually go?
Many often look at their car’s speedometer and wonder “Could it really go 220 km/h?” Simply put, yes – but with an important caveat. Irrespective of your vehicle, high-speed driving puts an immense strain on its components.
This means that even if your car is capable of reaching such high speeds, the strain on the engine and the wear on its tyres would be significant (just like a Formula One car needs a new set of tyres midway through a race).
Though a modified Porsche is far more likely to hit those speeds more comfortably than a humble commuter car, both would need service and a tyre change far sooner than normal if regularly driven at high speeds.
3. How do I take pets on long road trips?
Road trips and relocations always come with a great feeling of achievement once you arrive, but they can definitely be a challenge when you’re in motion. Just like it's important to plan ahead to ensure your kids (and your sanity) make it through a road trip unscathed, so too is planning ahead when travelling with pets.
If you have birds, they’ll be fine in a cage, and if you’ve got a dog, it will probably love the ride and will be happy to sit and just get out with you for exercise at stops. Just make sure to bring some water along, in addition to food and treats.
Cats, on the other hand, are definitely more difficult to travel with. Some may be calm while they try to figure out what’s going on, but most cats will be anxious and may require a sedative to make the trip comfortably (and to save your eardrums). The length of the trip is a determining factor – you definitely don’t want to listen to Fluffy meowing for days on end, but even a day-long trip could quickly become unbearable for both of you. If you haven’t travelled long-distance with your cat before, you may want to get some sedatives from your vet just to have on hand.
Be sure to transport your cat in a large enough cage or crate to give it room to move around – and if there’s space, put in a small litter box, or least some absorbent material underneath just in case of accidents. Soft bedding, catnip, and a blanket placed over the top of the carrier can all help to keep your cat calm, as well.
If you are going to be travelling overnight, it’s a wise idea to plan your route in advance so you can seek out a pet-friendly hotel where you can let your pet stretch its legs.
4. Is there anything I can do to be safer in a car crash?
Good driving requires safe habits, but even the best drivers can find themselves involved in crashes. If you have any time to anticipate one is coming, prepare for it by taking your hands off the wheel just before the collision, and fold your arms across your chest. This will ensure your hands and arms don’t sustain any injuries via the steering wheel.
Also, try to relax. Obviously that isn’t easy to do, but by sitting normally you’ll ensure no extra strain is placed upon your muscles. It may not seem like when you are in a crash, but modern cars are among the safest constructions in the world, so let your car’s safety components do their job.
5. Why don’t they put defrosting wires on the front of the car?
It's annoying right? You hop in the car, have your rear demist on, and then you realise you’ll need get out again to wipe down the front window. Why don’t manufacturers make cars with defrosting wires on the front window? The answer is essentially one of expense.
Though prices vary, it would cost about $5000 to install a front window with demist. What’s more, front windshields are far more likely to get chipped, scratched, or shattered than the rear windshield, so the cost of ongoing maintenance and repair would be very expensive.
6. What should I do if a neighbour’s car alarm won’t shut off?
A bit of good grace and understanding for both your neighbours and your local police is useful here. If the alarm has just been going off for a minute or two (if it's Sunday morning, odds are good you neighbour is on his way to shut it off in those outdated pyjamas he wears), cut them some slack and wait it out.
However, if the alarm has been going off for more than 10 minutes or so, head around and knock on your neighbour's door. If there is no answer after that? Go ahead and give the police a call on the non-emergency line. Depending on the make and model of the car, the police often have a variety of techniques and ways to disable the alarm and restore peace to the neighbourhood.
7. Why do you even want to drive a manual car?
Deep breath, manual fans. We at Tyreright recognise and identify with your love of manuals. At the same time, there are many folks who feel strongly that a car really is just about getting from Point A to Point B, so often they wonder about the appeal of a manual car when an automatic transmission makes for an easy ride. For auto lovers, this one's for you: the appeal of the manual is how intuitive and instinctive it feels.
A biro and a fountain pen can achieve the same task, but the latter feels far more enjoyable and purposeful when in use – and it’s the same with an automatic vs. a manual. By shifting up and down, and hearing the gear changes throughout, manual drivers feel a greater connection with the car and the road – like they are actually driving with it – rather than just driving in it.
What other car-related questions have you always wondered about? Feel free to ask (and answer) your fellow car lovers in the comments below: