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First Wreck - almost, I'm to blame but the NAV system is too


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Was in Austin, Texas this weekend using my car as the getaway vehicle in my nephews wedding. After dropping them at the airport, about 11pm, I got the low fuel warning (50 miles to E). Was using my NAV on full-screen mode so i could manuever the highway access roads and get to my hotel. As i was coming down an exit ramp, and slowing from 70 -> 45 i looked down at the NAV screen and was amazed to see an icon for a SHELL gas station across the street. While looking at the NAV screen for other icons, i looked up and the car in front of me was completely stopped - barely a car length in front of me. Tapped the brakes a hit too hard, tires all squealing as i shot a look to the right, and then corrected into the right lane. Missed their rear bumper by inches, still going over 30mph and pretty sure they were totally unaware of what had just happened. I was thankful for the Michelin PSS's that I switched to at the begining of the summer, and to the amazing handling of this awesome (and unscathed) car. Anyone else seen Fuel icons on the NAV screen? Do they only show up when you are low on fuel?

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Yes, they only show up when your low fuel warning comes on. You can choose not to have this happen in the settings.

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doctorjay,

 

I'm glad it worked out for you. That would have been an expensive lesson...

 

 

IngotSilverSnake,

 

On a side note... I totally agree with your pilot instrument comment. It really frosts me that the Asiana 777 crew involved in the SFO crash is hedging their culpability with similar statements aimed at Boeing and SFO.

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doctorjay,

 

Glad to hear the car worked as good as its reputation. In my 2012 (not sure about other years) I chose to have gas stations displayed at all times on my Nav screen. Never like getting below half tank when on the highway, or out of town. The display is an option.

Stay safe.

 

All the best,

Quinn

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I would agree on the braking and handling capabilities of this car - I was in the left lane on the FW yesterday doing about 70-75 and a slowpoke in the right lane decided he was going to move to the left lane to pass someone at about 50 and about 5 feet in front me (not sure if he was trying to jazz me or what - could care less - it was a real bonehead move on his part)- any other car I would have rear-ended him - but a sharp stab to the brakes a couple of tire barks and missed hitting him. The car braked very confidently and solidly - I was impressed - not to mention saving my ride.

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And that's why my car does not have NAV. No need to have that as a distraction. Michelin's save the day again. If you still had the stock Good-years on your car, the outcome would have been much different and costly. Glad no one was hurt.

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I think with all the new crap they're putting in cars causes a lot of distraction.... radios with touch screen, all the buttons on the steering wheel and so on. Until you get use to what button does what you need to take your eyes off the road if even for a second..... and no two cars are the same!

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