5 handy car features you may not know about

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Bill Tsouvalas
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, updated on June 6th, 2023       

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The car industry has been evolving to improve the technology and performance of their models to give consumers safer cars that come with nifty features that increase the convenience of having a car. There may be some beneficial features that could be staring your right in the face that you may not have been aware of. These are seven handy features your car has that you need to know about.

1. Fueling up

Whether you have been driving your car for a while or its fairly new, there will be those moments when it is time to fill up and you forget which side the bowser is on. You can avoid this confusion by looking at your fuel gauge. Most cars have a little arrow on the mini pump that is displayed on the fuel gauge to show you which side you need to fill up in. In some cars, this is also displayed as a hose on the bowser.

2. Rear features to protect the little ones

Safety features have improved and increased with many cars on the market to protect you and your loved ones. Having a car that comes with childproof safety features is a bonus for any young families. Tiny hands are bound to fidget and play with door handles and window buttons as though they are in a spaceship, which makes it handy to have a car that has rear safety features that can allow you to control the windows and child lock your doors.

3. Global opening and closing systems

You manage to get everything out of your car in one fell swoop as you rush to get somewhere but then realised that you left a window open. The global locking system can become a handy feature that will come in handy for people who want to protect your loved ones and your car from unforeseen circumstances by being able to. You can save the day by using the remote central locking key to be able to lock all your electric windows.

4. Coffee lovers feature

You know that your grouchy soul can’t function without coffee in your favourite cup by your side. Thankfully, there are car models that have cup holders with a notch to place your cup of coffee comfortably in it. This can be a nifty feature for when you hit the road. Remember to place a cup cover that will avoid unnecessary spills.

5. Avoid being dazzled by the following car

High-end cars have been fitted with technology that makes driving at night more convenient such as a self-dimming rearview mirror. Affordable cars also have a low-tech solution by being able to tilt their rear-view mirror at a certain angle to avoid being dazzled by a car following from behind.

Reading your car manual may not be your cup of tea, but it can be a great way to find out more about the handy features that your car has to make driving easier and more convenient for you.

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