Closer Than They Appearror

I always thought that was a crappy rhyme.

Anyway, here’s how you adjust the mirrors in your car. If nobody ever taught you this, that’s okay. You probably just figured it out for yourself somehow, like I did, and it was wrong.

  1. Sit in your normal driving position.
  2. Adjust the rear-view mirror so it’s looking straight back through the rear window.
  3. Lean as far to the left as you can do quickly and comfortably.
  4. While there, adjust your left mirror so you can just see the edge of your car in the right side of the mirror.
  5. Now lean to the right and repeat (the opposite) for the right mirror.

Some folks might tell you to verify correct adjustment by being in the middle lane and watching cars go by but there’s an easier way:

  1. Pick an object on the far left side of the rear-view mirror.
  2. Make sure you can just see it in the far right side of your left side-view mirror without shifting your body or head too much.
  3. Repeat the inverse for the other side of the car.

There should be some, but minimal, overlap between the side mirrors and the rear-view mirror. The thing to remember is that the side-view mirrors aren’t there to duplicate the coverage of a rear-view mirror, they’re to cover your blind spots. Now you will see cars transition from the center mirror to the side mirror on whatever side they’re passing you. (But if they’re passing you on the right, you’re in the wrong lane! Move over!)

From now on you won’t have to turn your head to know if there’s a car in your blind spot: a glance will do. You’ll either see them in the side mirror or directly out the window. However — there may be some vehicles, like the Smart car, that may be so short they fit in that tiny space between the back of your window and the outside of your side-view mirror’s coverage, so turn your head anyway to check over your shoulder when changing lanes. But you knew that already.

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Taxing Our Economy

The proposed tax plan is bad on many levels, but one way in which it will directly hurt American jobs, manufacturing, the economy, and the environment is by immediately repealing the EV tax credit (IRS Section 30D) instead of letting it expire of its own accord.

  • Car manufacturers have already planned production with this credit.
  • EVs are the only modern vehicles that can run on coal power.
  • EVs run on 100% domestically-produced fuel (electricity), compared to regular cars that run on imported fuel.
  • Buying new cars is good for the economy, and most EVs have domestic production plants compared to ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) vehicles which are manufactured overseas.
  • EVs don’t produce any local pollution, thereby cleaning up the air (not that the EPA cares about this anymore).
  • EVs help reduce greenhouse gas emissions (not that our government cares about this anymore).

If you’re interested in keeping incentives for one of the last great American-manufactured products, and the associated jobs that go along with making them, please tell your representatives in congress. Here’s how to start:

https://org.salsalabs.com/o/2711/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=22515

 

Facts don’t matter, this is news!

Can the AP colossally fuck up the facts any worse than it has? Their story says:

Tesla says its keenly awaited Model 3 car for the masses will go on sale on Friday.

This is just fucking wrong. Elon Musk said in this twitter post:

Expecting to complete SN1 on Friday

SN1 = Serial Number 1. The first production vehicle. Nowhere does he say that they’re going on sale this Friday. He says they expect to complete the first production vehicle on Friday. He goes on to tweet:

Handover party for first 30 customer Model 3’s on the 28th!

As one of the first plebs to reserve the chance to order a Model 3, I would be quite well aware when they were being made available for sale to the general public. Not yet.

Get your shit together, AP. You really suck right now. Also, 215 miles is not 133 km:

Tesla says the five-seat car will be able to go 215 miles (133 kilometers)

Jesus Fucking Christ!!

A coworker and I have a running joke about how awesome the world would be if everybody just did their jobs. Not even 100% of their jobs, just most of their jobs most of the time. This piece of garbage doesn’t deserve to be called news. Certainly not facts.

Source: Tesla says its affordable Model 3 car will go on sale on Friday – The Denver Post

Again With The Why (Not “Y”… Yet)

Why would someone choose the Model 3 over the Chevy Bolt? The Bolt is available now (at least on the West Coast) and has a 200+ mile range. Again, it comes down to these few but critically important differences for me.

Continue reading “Again With The Why (Not “Y”… Yet)”

City of Denver commits to adding 200 electric cars by 2020 – The Denver Post

Good for Denver. It’s a small start in a large fleet. And what you need to remember is ongoing maintenance and operational costs over the vehicle’s service lifetime will more than offset the increased purchase cost.

The city of Denver plans to add 200 plug-in electric vehicles to its fleet by 2020, saving the city an estimated $800,000 over the next decade and cutting 2,300 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissi…

Source: City of Denver commits to adding 200 electric cars by 2020 – The Denver Post

Dream Car

I had a dream about the Model 3 this morning. Among its features were a thrust vector control rocket motor on the back, like the Batmobile meets an F-22 Raptor. This made it capable of landing vertically like the Falcon rocket. Also the rear view mirror was a frustratingly low-resolution LCD monitor that identified the year and model of each passing car, although the white text was sadly pixelated and difficult to read. The car came in a two-door coupe variant, which saved some money, but I ultimately decided we would get the sedan because they didn’t actually make the coupe version (dreamland logic).