Ten Things All Drivers Should Be Thankful For
Today is Thanksgiving, which has given us pause to consider what we should thankful for. Having our health and happiness is great, but what we really care about is what sort of car items you should be thankful for. The typical driver goes through life without a care for many of these things. Some of these are definite items that only the enthusiast can appreciate, but others are items that all drivers should consider themselves thankful to have in their daily commute.
Holy crap. Where would we be without Bluetooth? If you have not gotten on the Bluetooth bandwagon and don’t know what we’re talking about — you’re missing out. We don’t mean those earpieces that yuppies and taxi drivers wear. We mean the fully integrated system that connects your phone to your car and allows you to make hands free calls and music from your phone. Some new systems even read emails and text messages. Most importantly, it promotes safer driving.
Hybrids That Don’t Suck
If you are an enthusiast, driving a car like a Honda Insight is a painful experience. But automakers have learned how to tune more robust hybrid systems to be actually fun to drive. The Infiniti M56 hybrid is a freaking monster, with tons of low-end torque. Heck, Lexus replaced the V8 version of its GS sport sedan with the hybrid, claiming the two would be capable of the same kinds of performance numbers.
Just remember this — there is a reason that Ferrari, Porsche, McLaren and others have elected hybrid powertrains for their range-topping hypercars.
Let’s face it — a lot of you are bad parkers. For some of you, parallel parking might as well by some sort of Cirque de Solei performance. But with the added benefit of a rear view camera, you can actually pull the task off. The added front and side cameras on newer luxury vehicles, like the Range Rover, are even better for avoiding scraping the curb– or the cars around you.