KuroNekko wrote: but without continued site activity and visitor traffic, this site will die out. The admin/owner of the site has made that clear. The future requires the activity of today in other words and it's the main reason why I post in the active thread even if the conversation goes a bit wayward from the original topic. In many cases, without a continuing discussion, some threads don't get activity (posts or views) for months at a time. For such a low volume forum like this, that can be a death sentence.
Well that's disappointing...understandable, but very disappointing. I love this site and the true 'car peeps' here. It's the only one I bother with anymore.
From what I understand from others, this safety annoyance is a blaring take-over of the HUD, not some little idiot light icon that one could grow to ignore.
You mention the 'it's law and legal liability BS' thing again which is the source of my loathing. What the hell does a do nothing TPMS in a vehicle have to do with actual safety? Or the roadway systems that I pay for? How about the all-knowing worry about laws and reasonable funding for the crumbling and over-congested infrastructure (roads) and stay the hell out of my personal space?
TPMS doesn't trigger an on-board air compressor to re-inflate or maintain safe operating pressure. The same idiots that don't check their air pressures, and drive around routinely w/ idiot lights on, will give a rats-butt about the TPMS being on if the car still goes down the road. Where's that picture someone posted somewhere of a TPMS'd car with its front tire down to the belts. Yeah, that guy. Think he cares? Maybe I ought to petition our exalted anointed ones to pass a law to have manufacturers disable restart of the vehicle once the TPMS is activated...ya know so there's no way they can harm me or themselves... for my continued boy-in-the-bubble safety? How about that? Then the thing would have a true safety function. In the world of automation, installing such an utterly useless 'thing' would be deemed a huge waste of time and money if it doesn't do something to correct the problem, or, prevent damage. It would serve no purpose, only add expense and be quickly eliminated from any design during review. The one thing you all need to understand about safety is it has a price. If that price is too significant, despite what everyone proclaims, it will be deemed unworthy and everyone will play the odds. They threw TPMS in vehicles because a bunch of politicians rallied for it, great. They didn't follow through with how the thing reacts because it's too damn impractical and expensive. Hence we get the annoying orange dash display. In the case of the TPMS, either re-inflate, prevent the vehicle from moving (for safety sake), or get rid of it.
How many exalted ones with lawyerly backgrounds have an ounce of engineering experience to enable them to make credible decisions for me? Much like their continued desire to take over health care for all of us...two letters for ya...VA. That's all you need to know about the government making health care decisions for you.
You'd mentioned turn signals...another mandated safety innovation you can't trust. Left signal on...bam! Right turn Clyde! Motorcycle rider safety course I took 3+ decades ago taught me many, many useful things about driving. One was to NEVER trust turn signals. You want to know where someone is planning on turning, observe their front wheels, observe their driving behavior, observe the vehicles posture on the road. Like a running back's hips, doesn't lie. I could care less about other peoples' turn signals. Most times, they're already beginning to cut me off before they turn them on...back-ground noise for me. Just this morning, in fact top of the exit ramp, dude rolling up to the light in front of me had his right turn signal on and continued left. Just another day on the road. I knew he wasn't turning right, so why bother with the signal? I counter, for safety's sake, that if there wasn't a signal it wouldn't be there for said operator to improperly utilize and adding confusion. One would have to wait and observe which way the guy was going to move. Mirrors, same thing...trust but verify with a quick glance over the shoulder before changing lanes.
Technology will never solve the lack of responsibility issues, just going to make EVERYTHING cost more than it should. ANd all too often the technology that everyone grows numb to and relies on far too heavily fails.
Just last week my youngest was driving his GF's Equinox and it started making 'bad' noises and cut off at an intersection. Turned out to be very low oil engine noises when he called me and I heard it over the phone. No dash lights lit, no oil pressure gauge. 3-1/2 quarts low. There's what happens when ya don't check oil routinely. His GF says to me why didn't a light come on and tell me to add oil?
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2014 Wrangler JKUW (GONE, traded
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