13 less popular car features that are found in cars yet vital

Sep 13, 2019 | Same topic: Let's drive smart!
Compared to more popular car features there are others that drivers should be aware of its importance! Keep reading about 13 less important car features right now!

Cars have many features added over the years; but here are the features that are basic but important too as related to by Philkotse.com.

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Basic car features are still important!

Should cars always have complex features that are ECU controlled? Not, always because up to now the basic features are still doing their job. The layout of modern cars always includes basic features that drivers benefit from. This is where other less popular car features that are found in cars yet vital for one reason or another.

All these features aren’t too complex but they contribute to the car's functionality. Over the years; these features have been kept simple or have been upgraded to a certain degree.

1. Power steering

Power steering is standard equipment for all car because only a few don't have it. Driving without it will be difficult because without it the steering wheel is very heavy.

What it does is lighten the steering mechanism to prevent suffering from sore shoulders. Driving the car all day without power steering will be very tiresome.  With the inclusion of power steering as standard equipment to allow steering with greater ease.

2. Power side-view mirrors

Power mirrors used to be just a lever for adjusting the mirror; remotely from the driver’s side. These side-view mirrors can fold in and does it remotely when the car is stopped. It beats having to reach over to adjust it. Before only the right driver's side can be adjusted inside the vehicle.

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Power mirrors used to be just a lever for adjusting the mirror; remotely from the driver’s side

3. Auto power down windows

Power window is mostly standard while some car brands will only feature power window in front and just a manual rotator in the back. Although some car brands have it as a standard in entry-level cars. Auto power windows that will close with just one touch of a button is a real bonus for drivers.

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Auto power windows that will close with just one touch of a button is a real bonus for drivers

4. Rearview mirror

It doesn’t get any easier and simpler than a rear-view mirror because it just needs a simple adjustment. It has been upgraded to automatically adjust for glare which is handy at night.

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It doesn’t get any easier and simpler than a rear-view mirror because it just needs a simple adjustment

Especially with cars that have very bright headlights at the cars back! Although most cars are equipped with it and none are without it.

5. Central power door locking system

Found in most cars and it locks all doors when the driver’s door is locked. This is very convenient because it allows the driver to close all the doors, before the car moves. It’s dangerous for car doors to be open and unlocked especially when the car is moving.

6. Remote trunk or lift-gate opener

Imagine having to go out all the time to open the trunk or lift-gate when needed? The remote opener makes it easy for the driver; whether it’s a cable or a key fob remote opener.

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The remote opener makes it easy for the driver; whether it’s a cable or a key fob remote opener

Fortunately, there are many cars that have this equipped. It’s one of the simplest and most convenient features that make it easier for drivers.

7. Remote fuel lid opener

It has a similar function as the trunk or remote liftgate opener. That is used to open the fuel cap access from inside the car. Going out to open it will be inconvenient when it can be easier! It’s used to keep the fumes locked inside the lid. Breathing the gas fumes isn’t safe and this feature is important because of it.

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It has a similar function as the trunk or remote liftgate opener

8. Car door lock cylinder

Most cars use this kind of door lock to secure the car from theft. This is a mechanical device that has been paired with electronics to lock it remotely. Cars have used this for decades as main door locks. Car brands are using electronic locks with electronic keys to replace them altogether.

Relatively easy to fix and is less problematic and less expensive to replace that key fobs. It does wear down in time, but it can be easily replaced with less cost to the owner.

9. Door handles

Without these on the doors; it would be difficult to open and close the car door. Or having nothing to hold onto is very hard. Recently door handles got the modern touch by having it hidden when not needed. Just press the wireless key fob and the handles come out, this is one of most invisible yet useful door part.

10. Side-impact door beams

During impacts, all the airbags will deploy and lessen the impact. The side-impact door prevents any solid object from entering the doors when something collided with it.

Even with airbags deployed inside it would be enough because it won’t be enough to protect those inside the cabin compartment.

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11. Car door boarding lights

It is a light that guides everyone boarding into the car. It is located on the side of the door or on the steeping board. It makes it easier especially for children or older people to know where to plant their feet on the stepping board. Not all cars have this light installed. Only the higher models have it while the entry-level doesn't.

>>> Read more: 6 steps for problem-free dashboard lights.

12. Car door warning chime

It comes to mind whether it is really needed? Consider how the door is sometimes isn’t shut fully. One very pesky sound that it will notice the door should be closed properly for safety. There is an indicator on the dashboard that goes off with the car door warning chime too.

13. Ignition key reminder light

It’s a simple feature that’s a light-up indicator in the ignition key. The driver can locate it even when all the lights have been turned off. It prevents the driver from forgetting the key accidentally when the car is parked.

All these features are common in most cars and these other less popular car features that are found in cars yet vital is already part of a car’s line up of features. The best thing is that they are standard, unlike the other features, with some upgrades!

Source: Norjan Ismail Abbas