Learn about your car’s features

LIKE so many features in our cars, on our phones and on other devices, we don’t always know the purpose everything serves.

Here are two examples you may not be clued up on:

1. Have you ever noticed a little arrowhead on your petrol gauge on your car?

In most vehicles, especially those without electronic or digital displays there is such a figure on the gauge. This indicates which side the petrol cap is on.

So next time you are driving a car for the first time, or you just forgot where your petrol cap is on your car, there is no need to panic when you reach a petrol station. Just look at the petrol gauge and you will know which petrol pump to pull up to.

2. Do you know what the little switch on your rearview mirror is for?

Many of us have a rearview mirror in our car that has a small tab or switch underneath. For those not in the know, this serves to change the mirror from day mode to night.

How does that work?

According to www.scienceworld.ca (https://www.scienceworld.ca/blog/how-does-rearview-mirror-antiglare-work), during the day, “the silvered back of the rearview mirror reflects the scene behind you and some reflects off the glass front and away”.

And at night, “your pupils dilate so you’re more sensitive to light levels. By flipping the tab, you change the angle of the mirror so that the headlights bounce off the silvered surface and away from your eyes, while a small amount bounces off the front surface of the glass so you can see a dim image of the headlights.”

Now you know.

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Erin Hanekom

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