Today’s Car Features You Should Be Aware Of

Gone are the days when power windows, airbags, alarms, and keyless entry systems are considered as cool high-tech car features. Now that we are in the ‘age of millennials’, car buying seems to be more complicated than ever because of the wide variety of technological advancements carmakers add to their production vehicles. Even the most basic car models and variants now have their own set of high-tech systems to improve driving safety, comfort, convenience, and entertainment.

Being in the car removal and car wreckers Melbourne industry for more than two decades, Rapid Car Removal has basically witnessed how quickly cars have been constantly developing year after year. And sometimes, we know that most car buyers are having a hard time keeping up with the latest developments. The only time they’ll be aware of a certain feature is when they’re actually at the dealership, talking to a salesman. Exactly the reason why we ought to share with you some of the best car features automakers have come up with today. Even if we’re so far from riding in flying cars like in The Jetsons, buying or not, it is still good to know that these advances in technology are now incorporated in today’s automobiles.

1. NIGHT VISION

It is truly challenging to drive at night especially in places that are do not have enough street lights. As a solution to that, night vision systems are created by carmakers like Mercedes Benz, Audi and BMW. It uses a thermographic camera to help the driver see more clearly in the dark, especially for distances that the headlights cannot reach.

 

2. REAR-CROSS TRAFFIC ALERT

Some say that your driving skills are put to test whenever you’re backing up. Maybe because you’d have to be alert and cautious of both your car’s front and behind, this is true. So to give drivers an easier time of doing this, car manufacturers like Audi, Subaru, and Mazda. This system is designed to warn you about cars that are about to cross your backing up path. Sensors placed around your car’s behind detects vehicles from left to right. Then it produces warning tones and flashing lights for you to stop.

 

3. APPLE CARPLAY & ANDROID AUTO

Smartphone integration is now a must-have in today’s cars. If before only Bluetooth technology is what we deem as the most useful and high-tech car feature, now car enthusiasts are more excited about these. As opposed to the Bluetooth technology when connected to your phone, you’d still have to hold your mobile and control it from there. So to promote driving safety and avoid more distractions, you will be able to access some stuff from your Apple and Android mobile phones by simply with a few touches on your dashboard. Apps like Waze and Spotify are now easier to control from your car. This is such an amazing way to effectively train drivers to get used to not tinkling with their phones while driving.

 

4. FORWARD COLLISION WARNING + AUTOMATIC EMERGENCY BRAKING

One of the most annoying car mishaps you could experience is when someone just crashes into your car from behind, out of the blue. If your car has both systems, it will not only warn you about possible forward collisions, it simply hit the brakes for you if you don’t respond at all. Truly an effective way to reduce number of car crashes on the road, and even in parking lots. More and more carmakers now add these to their cars like Honda, Ford, Subaru, Volkswagen, and Toyota.

 

5. 360 VIEW CAMERA SYSTEM

As a development of those backup sensors and cameras, manufacturers now put a 360-degree view camera system in their car models. There will be cameras placed on your car’s front, rear, left, and right sides to ensure your safety. They are also effective in avoiding the most common things we don’t usually see while driving like street gutters and barriers, big rocks, and small bikes. We can now have a clear view of our car’s surroundings simply by looking at our cars’ LCD screens. Nissan, BMW, and Audi are some of the carmakers that proudly have this technology.

 

6. WEATHERPROOF AUDIO FOR PICKUPS

Nissan is truly in the spotlight when this car feature is talked about. There’s no need to crank up the volume of your pickup truck just to hear the music coming from the inside of your car. Now, you need not buy those waterproof speakers because they are now built in your pickup. Roadtrips are definitely more fun now.

 

7. VEHICLE TO VEHICLE COMMUNICATION

Also known as V2V, this network technology enables roadside and nearby vehicles to effectively communicate with each other. One of its primary motivations is to eliminate and reduce the number of traffic collisions. Now, cars will be able to warn each other about potential accidents and crashes. Not only does it promote safety but peaceful and cooperative driving as well.

 

8. WIRELESS CHARGING

If you think that dealing with USB cables, power banks, and in-lighter chargers are simply a hassle during driving, then this technology is perfect for you. Today, there are now cars that provide wireless charging (by induction). Unfortunately, not all car makers offer this even as an add-on option. In addition, not all mobile phones are compatible yet; like iPhones. Cadillac, Chevrolet, Lexus, General Motors, and Hyundai offer this system today.

 

9. BUILT-IN WIFI

With cars that have this cool feature, you won’t have to worry about your kids (and other passengers) complaining about poor internet connections. There are some vehicles now that provide 4G LTE hotspots and WiFi networks. Though some say, it still needs some improvements and polishing for efficiency, carmakers like Chrysler, Audi, and General Motors now have this.

 

10. DROWSINESS DETECTION

One of the most common causes of car crashes and other road accidents is when sleepy drivers get on the road. To fight this, the drowsiness detection system is developed and integrated in automobiles. Sensors in your car will effectively detect when you’re drowsy. Then, it will alarm you (through the use of strong vibrations and loud sounds) right away for you to come back to your senses. There are some advanced systems, when the vehicle takes a record and studies your driving behavior so that it’ll quickly detect if your driving pattern shows that you’re sleepy.

It’s really refreshing how carmaking geniuses continue to develop advanced technological systems like these to make driving more safe, fun, and convenient than ever. Well, cars that do have all these features will definitely cost more than usual. But if you do have the means, investing in those is truly worth every penny. We sure are looking forward to the time when all these car technologies are regular specs in production vehicles.

Do you have an old car that you think lacks all the features for your driving safety and convenience? Maybe it’s time for an upgrade! Let us, Rapid Car Removal, help you build a fund for a new ride. We are a reputable car wrecking and cash for cars Melbourne company that is trusted by many clients for more than two decades now. We remove and pay top instant cash for cars of all makes, models, and conditions.

TOP 15 WEIRD CAR TRICKS THAT ACTUALLY WORK

With today’s latest innovations and advanced technology, it is a lot easier to actually take care of such useful machines like our cars. There are all kinds of stuff that designed and made to clean and fix our beloved vehicles. There are even those that are simply made for our driving safety, convenience, entertainment, economy, and more. But of course, even so, there would always be that time when we’re facing an imminent issue with our car and that particular product, tool, accessory, or gadget that would easily help us isn’t handy. You maybe have no budget to buy it, you maybe have no time to look for one, or you may simply didn’t purchase one because you think you’d never need it. Whichever your case may be, whenever those unexpected car issues arise, those DIY car hacks are always there to your rescue. Usually, it requires no additional costs to you as the things you’ll need are normally available in our homes.

As we have been buying used cars in Melbourne for more than 20 years now, we have spoken with all types of car owners, drivers, enthusiasts, and more. Fortunately, they have shared with us some of their own car tips and tricks to easily and affordably give solutions to their car problems. Having said that, we are here to share with you our own list of somehow weird but easy and effective DIY hacks and car tricks that would answer our usual car issues:

1. Time to let your car’s eyes sparkle. – Owners of used cars are normally stressed out with their headlights being foggy and yellowish. As a quick solution to this, just use brush it with some whitening toothpaste and it will glimmer and clear up like new.

2. Car stickers are no longer hard to remove – Don’t want to remove your car’s old registration stickers and other decals because you’re afraid to leave a sticky and messy residue? Well, just use newspaper soaked in hot water to easily and neatly remove them.

3. No more broken nails from inserting a key on a key ring! – How many times have you gotten a broken or chipped fingernail just by inserting or removing car keys from those pesky key rings? Just get a staple remover from your stash of school and office supplies, and it’ll solve your worries right away.

4. No more dents on your car doors. – Is your garage unfortunately narrow that you often times bump your car door whenever you open it? Then get some pool noodles, cut them into half lengthwise, and then stick them to your garage walls – at exactly the spot where your car doors usually hit.

5. A quick fix for those scratches that came out of nowhere. – To save you from getting those expensive car scratch removal kits and services, you can get rid of those tiny scratches on your in as easy as 1-2-3. Just get a nail polish that is closest to its color to somehow cover it up so it won’t be as obvious. But this won’t look too good on big scratches though.

6. Wishing there’s some kind of a visor that goes all the way down? – It’s simply annoying to drive on that time of day when the sun is about to set but it’s still bright. Your visor won’t be of any use because the sun directly hits your line of sight. We’ll give you a solution to that, one we got from pilots, that is. Just get a tinted plastic and use it as a moveable shade for your windshield.

7. Look ma, no mess! – Yes, you can always buy a small trash can for your car. But how many times did that trash can just fell down and made more mess? As a simple solution to that, just get one of mom’s plastic cereal dispensers in the kitchen, put some plastic or liner to it, cover, and pop it in your car! Simple! Just tell your mum to buy a new one for your house, though.

8. Getting bored from waiting for your windows to defrost? – During winter, park your car facing EAST so you won’t have to wait anymore to defrost your windows and windshield.

9. It doesn’t just work wonders in your toilet. – Don’t have the budget for that hefty car dent removal services? Not a problem, just use a trusty plunger and you’ll be able to get rid of those in no time. Your arm muscles just have to be prepared for this one.

10. You’d never have to deal with frozen locks anymore. – If you own a car that doesn’t have a keyless entry feature, then frozen car locks are your problem every winter time. But there’s no need for you to be stressed about those. Just cover up your key with some hand sanitizer then quickly insert it into the keyhole, and voila! It’s not frozen anymore!

11. Forget choosing from the thousands of window cleaning products you see in the market. – Tired of all those glass and window cleaners that simply do not do their jobs? Especially after continuous rainy seasons, those nasty water marks and streaks will easily be removed just by using soda/cola. Pour it over your windshield and wash with water. The bubbles from the soda would be able to remove all those in an instant.

12. No more dirty wiper blades! – If your windshield wiper blades are dirty (well, they always are), there’s an easy way to thoroughly clean it AND keep it clean for a longer period of time. Just make a household cleaning solution: ¼ part ammonia and a quart of water. Mix that up, and wipe it onto your wiper blades using a soft cloth. Finish it up with a dry towel. Believe us, it works!

13. Shine bright like a diamond – Want your car to always shine and glimmer even without getting an expensive wax or gloss service? Get a conditioner that contains LANOLIN. Wash your car with it after its regular cleaning, (just like using conditioner after shampoo) then carefully rinse it.

14. Always forget if you have locked your car or not? – If you’re already too far from your parked car, and you simply want to double-check if you have really locked it, there’s no need for you to walk back to it. Just simply place your key fob under your chin to extend its range.

15. Snow is always a hassle. – It is always a pain to remove snow from your windshield before you can actually drive off to work. So to save your precious time and effort in doing this. Simply put a soft cover over your windshield and secure it by locking it in your driver and passenger windows. Just take it off and you won’t have to deal with the snow anymore and you could go straight to where you’re heading. This one’s just a replacement just in case you don’t have a car cover.