I’ve taken a weeks holiday. Decided to head up north (Victoria Australia). Over the next week we are going to be experiencing temperatures up to 45C!!!
The air-con on my current daily drive needs servicing, it’s an older car and also a bit fuel hungry, so I decided to go all out and hire a nice new vehicle for the trip.
It’s taken me a while to get used the push button ignition, which requires just a “dongle-like” device to be in proximity. I hate it. Also the hand break is an electronic switch - it just doesn’t seem right.
Nevertheless, be that as it may, the ultimate humiliation came when the car didn’t turn off!!.. Well, because the engine is quiet, and a push button is not so obvious to show the current status, I left the car running without realising it, and walked off for about ten minutes - on that occasion, perhaps stupid driver.
It gets better. Once we arrived at our destination, I selected “engine off” locked the doors, but for some reason, the car decided to be in “accessories” mode, you know, where you can still use the radio, windows, electronics etc.
I couldn’t work out why. I didn’t want to leave it like that because the battery would go flat. After about 1/2 an hours worth of ranting and swearing, something dawned on me. I had recently placed a “cooler/ice chest” onto the front seat. Perhaps the Car (Christine 1983) figured that someone was sitting in the seat and therefore assumed that the accessories were still required.
I removed the ice chest from the seat, and the accessories switched off. My 16yo daughter exclaimed “Wow! that’s a pretty clever car Dad”, I retorted “No it’s not my sweet child”, but it’s very difficult to explain that to a 16yo.
I’m sure if I actually “read the manual” there would be an option to turn off the seat sensitivity (or similar). But to me, that is utter utter unnecessary madness. Stupid Car.
Anyway, hopefully Christine is not monitoring my emails, and whilst flying down the motorway at 110kmph tomorrow, decides to exact the final revenge… Gulp!!!