My acupuncturist Dr. Jim is an amazing guy. Last week, he told me how he decided to shed 10 pounds of excess belly flab that had crept up. He figured that his back pain was caused by pressure from the front of his body. So he set fitness goals with rewards for successful completion. What a great idea!
My good doctor said he took all the laundry off his treadmill and firmed his resolve. After meeting his first fitness goal – to lower his body mass index (BMI) and lose a certain amount of weight and keep it off for two months – he got a new pair of workout shoes. The second milestone passed earned him a fitness tracker gadget. The third and final reward for good behavior in dropping that extra weight was a NEW CAR.
I don’t know about you but the idea of upgrading my wheels after six months of skipping dessert in favor of run-walking on the motorized moving sidewalk is pretty motivating.
But this story isn’t about me. Today, Dr. Jim brought me up to speed, as it were, on his new CAR, a Suburu something-or-other that he just loves. Here’s why: when Dr. J was shopping for his new ride, a close relative in the auto dealership trade stated that nobody buys a car today – what you are purchasing is “safety.”
Before I could respond to that idea, Dr. J was racing ahead as he carefully jabbed more tiny needles into my extremities to stimulate the acupoints and get the ol’ chi flowing.
“My new car can sense where the lane lines are and stay inside them. The steering automatically corrects itself if I drift over the line.”
That got my attention. I asked him if his new vehicle came equipped with a backup camera and dash display? Indeed it did, he assured me. Did he find it useful? was my next question. Indeed he did, was the reply.
My own experiences with backup cameras in cars have been mixed so I wanted to probe deeper. After all, this guy is sticking pins all over me so it was sort of payback time.
“How do you find the backup camera useful?” I pursued. Dr. J said it was great for spotting dogs, children, fallen tree limbs, garbage cans, and (presumably) any coming apocalypse that had chanced unseen behind his car’s rear end.
I nodded in agreement and said, “Uh-huh,” wincing only slightly at the next bee-sting jab.
“And it can tell when the car in front stops suddenly and slams on the brakes.”
Although that sounded a bit extreme and controlling on the car’s part, I grudgingly admitted there might be some use in that.
“And if I try to change lanes or make a turn when another driver is in your blind spot, my car won’t let me.”
Subaru has a reputation for building a quality product that is both capable, reliable, and safe. But now, safety has become the defining standard by which all competitors shall be judged.
After I got home, I decided to explore Subaru’s safety innovations and prepare this report for all my Dear Readers. Sharing is caring:
Dr. J mentioned that his car could see the lane lines. (He also said that, going through construction zones where cones forced him to drive on top of the lines, the sensor got really upset and confused – in a tizzy, you might say – but, with the push of a button, he could turn it off.) That technology is called:
EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology and it is, according to the manufacturer, “Subaru’s highly-recognized safety system. It provides drivers with an extra set of eyes on the road by monitoring traffic movement, optimizing cruise control and warning you if you sway outside your lane. When equipped with EyeSight®, all Subaru models receive the highest possible score in IIHS front crash prevention tests.”
All 2019 Subaru models equipped with EyeSight that were tested received the highest possible rating for front crash prevention by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The Pre-Collision Braking feature can apply full braking force in emergency situations, helping the driver avoid or reduce frontal impacts.
Dr. J also really liked the rearview dashcam. That’s known as:
Subaru Rear Vehicle Detection, “a suite of driver-assist safety technologies that maximize driver awareness and deliver peace of mind. The features include: Blind Spot Detection and Lane Change Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Rear Vision Camera.”
The Rear Cross Traffic Alert is downright nifty. Radar sensors signal an alert feature that warns of any traffic approaching from the side. “Whether you’re backing out of your driveway, or into a tight parking spot, this feature will help you stay safe and protect your Subaru.”
One safety and security spiff that Dr. J didn’t mention was Subaru’s Starlink communications system. It delivers cloud and app connectivity “into your vehicle and at your fingertips.” Spin up the news, food, weather, music, podcasts, audiobooks, and other multimedia content while driving hands-free.
In addition, Subaru offers on select models its Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive which “seamlessly creates uniform stability and an optimal distribution of power for improved traction in wet, dry, snowy or off-road conditions.”
To top off Subaru’s safety enhancements, some Subarus feature:
- Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) and Active Torque Vectoring to stay on your intended path
- Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) to maintain tractive contact with the road to help prevent wheel lockup
- Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) to automatically optimize the distribution of force applied to both the front and the rear wheels
- Brake Assist system to apply the brakes in an emergency situation
Arriving alive is a reward in and of itself. Kudos to Dr. J for celebrating a fitness goal by rewarding himself with the gift of security and peace-of-mind. And a tip of the hat for sharing his joy over his new set of wheels.