- Irritating car safety features – share your gripes
Automatic door locking when you move off – I drive off my drive and stop to let people in but all the doors are locked
Doors locking when you get out of the car – Take two steps away from the car and all the doors lock so you stand in the rain trying to unlock the car to get the umbrella
Mercedes traction control – when I turn it off, I want it turned off
Yes, I got caught in a shower while locked out of the car today and then sat in the car watching wife get drenched because I couldn’t find a button to unlock the doors for her.Posted 4 years ago
Oh yes, and the rear wiper coming on when you engage reverse even though the screen is clean.
The door mirrors dipping when you reverse so you can see the kerb – fine until you park facing the traffic so the mirror showing you any traffic approaching is dipped but the one near the kerb isn’t
Beeping seat belt warning which you cannot turn off because you have put a bag of shopping on the front seatPosted 4 years agommannerrSubscriber
Automatic door locking can be configured on/off in most (new) cars without trip to garage. Same with rear wiper.
More annoying features for me are end-of-the-world-imminent warning when opening the car door in slowly moving car, electric handbrake not releasing when seatbelt is not on and seatbelt warning triggered by weight of rucksack.Posted 4 years agoFunkyDuncMember
VAG cars that don’t allow you do left foot braking ie as soon as you touch the brake the engine fuel supply slows.
Merc ‘sport’ cars that don’t let you turn the traction off.
All modern cars because they have too much grip.
All modern cars because they are just too big and heavyPosted 4 years agoLegomanMember
Oh, and my automatic headlights which never seem to turn off other than for 15minutes at noon each July.
This is a whole lot better than the usual hoards of barely conscious halfwits driving around in semi-darkness/fog/biblical rain without bothering to turn their lights on at all.Posted 4 years agoCougarSubscriber
fine until you park facing the traffic
Which of course you’d never do because it’s against the Highway Code.
Beeping seat belt warning which you cannot turn off because you have put a bag of shopping on the front seat
I’d come in here to nominate that. Bloody irritant that you can’t turn it off. The other thing that sets mine off is it you happen to pop the seatbelt a microsecond before you’d come to a complete stop, it’ll sit there going “bing, bing, bing” until you’ve plugged it back in again, even if you get out of the car.Posted 4 years agoMrs ToastMember
Not so much a safety feature, but whoever designed, implemented and OKd Vauxhall’s one-touch indicators on their Vectras needs to be taken out the back and shot, for the good of all mankind. I’m not fussy about cars – I drive a Vectra – but indicators that behave in a predictable way would be nice…Posted 4 years agonealgloverMember
The beeping on my electric door on my VW California – can’t disable it and wakes the baby up at night !
1- Put the door in manual mode at night and close it normally,
2- Take the sliding door interior trim panel off, cut the wire to the beeper.
Both fairly simple if it really bothers you.Posted 4 years ago
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