Last post on Dec 10, 2013 at 5:02 PM
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Hyundai Sonata, Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima, Volkswagen Passat, Mazda MAZDA6, Ford Fusion, Chevrolet Malibu, Kia Optima, Car Comparisons, Sedan
#19432 of 20239 Re: Avalon [cski]
Sep 30, 2013 (7:15 am)
When your Optima transforms, what does it turn into?
#19433 of 20239 Re: DOT being sued for delay in rear camera laws [wayne21]
Sep 30, 2013 (9:28 am)
But your eyes can't see something on the ground behind the bumper near the vehicle - the camera can. If you're only using the camera then I agree it's not as safe. But it's not that hard to use both the camera and your mirrors and turn your head. It only takes a couple of weeks to get used to it.
And with my rear view camera I also get cross traffic alert so it not only gives me some vision to the right and left that I can't get from the driver's seat it alerts me visually and audibly if a car is coming from the right or left even if your vision is totally blocked by other vehicles. A great safety feature.
#19434 of 20239 Re: DOT being sued for delay in rear camera laws [wayne21]
Sep 30, 2013 (10:24 am)
Wayne, you sound very similar to someone who had their letter published in Consumer Reports years ago. It was during time that SUV platforms were causing excessive damage and injuries to passanger cars and CR was recommending changes in the ways SUVís were built.
The next month, they published a letter from someone who had an SUV but felt it was unfair to single his vehicle out. He said he was an excellent driver and consequently wouldnít cause an accident.
I couldnít believe his attitude. Didnít he realize he could hit a patch of black ice, a recent oil spill, etc and get into an unavoidable accident. I bet, if he saw a child run into the street, he would put his own life at risk by swerving out of the way. Of course, he could be swerving right into my car.
Excellent drivers, who use their mirrors and turn their heads have unfortunately killed or injured young children and pets. It was not their fault and could not be prevented but Iím sure most of them never get over their undeserved guilt. But if you have a camera and donít even glance at it, donít tell me about your driving history. You are just as irresponsible as a texting teenager if you are not taking advantage of a wonderful safety feature that has the capability of saving an innocent life that you have no idea you were ending as careful as you are.
Please rethink your position. Thanks
#19435 of 20239 Re: DOT being sued for delay in rear camera laws [gee22]
Sep 30, 2013 (11:37 am)
In lieu of insulting you I shall just say I am happy with 40 years of driving without an accident or even being pulled over. I did, however, kill one robin in 1989. It flew into my windshield and I was not able to avoid it.
In two separate incidents, my father and a brother were killed by drunk drivers. Neither of them were consumers of alcohol. That's why they have laws against drinking and driving. My neighbor's granddaughter is paralyzed for life (wheelchair bound) as their car was hit by a young lady texting while driving in 2010. My closest friend just had his 4th and 5th vertebrae fused last week after being hit by a girl who was texting while driving. I feel very comfortable with my driving skills and history (I don't drink and have never even talked on the phone while driving). We all take our chances. I do appreciate your counseling, however, and should I need it in the future I will seek you or the person who was upset with me because I had a borla exhaust on my corvette that was too loud - in spite of never even having seen my car (btw - it was installed by GM - the largest company in the world at that time prior to my leaving the showroom floor with it). BTW, I did the responsible thing prior to buying my corvette. I attended the Skip Barber driving school in Monterey, CA. I actually took the school about 2 years before buying the car as I was in the military and moving to Europe and knew I'd be driving on the autobahn.
#19436 of 20239 Re: DOT being sued for delay in rear camera laws [wayne21]
Sep 30, 2013 (11:56 am)
I truly feel sorry for you, both for your devasting losses and for how it has embittered you not to care about others.
#19437 of 20239 Re: DOT being sued for delay in rear camera laws [gee22]
Sep 30, 2013 (12:16 pm)
Thank you. I guess I should have also mentioned I have been an RN (BSN) since 1982.
#19438 of 20239 Re: What I would look at.... [gogophers1]
Sep 30, 2013 (12:11 pm)
I prefer systems that offer some of both; Uconnect in most of the Chrysler offerings gives you the customization of a large screen, with a relatively flat menu structure, as well as physical knobs for fan speed, volume, and tuning. There are also buttons for adjusting temperature, recirc/fresh, defrost, etc. However if you're a touchscreen kind of guy, you can do it all via screen. I have it in my Ram, and honestly I end up using the fan-speed knob all the time. The rest I use steering-wheel controls (audio) and touch-screen.
It's slick, and I can't wait to see how it is implemented on the next midsize Chrysler sedan.
#19439 of 20239 Re: DOT being sued for delay in rear camera laws [wayne21]
Sep 30, 2013 (1:29 pm)
Apologies. The second part of my statement of my statement was uncalled for, however I am sincere about how I feel about your losses. You are certainly experienced with grief. I should have framed it to consider the grief of a parent who lost a child because of a car in reverse, especially if they knew the driver ignored the backup camera.
Please note I was polite in my initial request to you.
#19440 of 20239 Re: DOT being sued for delay in rear camera laws [wayne21]
Sep 30, 2013 (2:19 pm)
depends also on what you drive. especially SUVs these days have terrible blind spots. We have a new RDX, and you can't see large areas behind you. the camera does not replace looking, but it is a wonderful add-on for safety. Also makes it much easier to get close when you are backing in!
when I drive something like our old TL, with a low trunk and big window, it is shocking how easy it is to see what is behind you.