6 Features that have completely disappeared from mordern cars
Ever since the Carl Benz invention, cars have gone through a tremendous transformation over the years.
We still don’t know how many drastic changes are yet to come in future.
But with new features, older ones are obviously being phased out. While many new features augment the capabilities of our cars, there are often some of the features that we would definitely love to have back.
Here are some features that no longer exist in modern day cars. Who knows we might get a chance to see the advanced versions of these in future cars? Don't they say that history repeats itself?
1. Floor Mounted Dimmer Switches
The dimmer switch used to control the brightness of lighting of a car was placed on the car floor from the 1920s. Along with the headlights, it was also responsible for the lighting the speedometer, battery, fuel capacity and temperature of the car.
The dimmer switched occupied the floor position for almost 50 years and was later moved to the steering wheel for easy access to the driver.
2. Rear Hinged Doors
All the cars that we see today have doors hinged at its front. This was not the case some years back.
The doors were hinged at the rear part and opened in the opposite direction. There were quite some risk hazards to such a design which is why these type of doors were called suicide doors.
Also, the risk of falling out rear-hinged doors was much greater than front-hinged doors if any accidental opening happened.
3. Full-Size Spare Tyres
Until now, cars used to come with a full-size spare tyre, a feature that every one of us would definitely want. But most car manufacturers now provide ‘limited use’ spare tyres instead of full-size ones.
These limited use tyres are also known as a donut, space saver or compact spare tyres. Manufacturers claim that these limited use tyres help them to reduce the total cost, save space and lower the weight of the vehicle compared to the full-size spare tyres.
Surprisingly, spare tyres are now replaced by tire inflator kits in a majority of the vehicles, which is capable to handle only specific types of tyre damage. A full-size spare tyre is indeed a necessary feature that needs to get back in our cars.
4. Horn Rings
With advancements in technology, car manufacturing underwent several changes as well for the better. One vital change was the removal of horn rings, a feature that was considered as a safety measure.
In older cars, drivers were required to remove one hand from the steering wheel completely to honk the horn button at the center.
To avoid that, a ring was designed that allowed both hands to remain on the steering wheel, and stretching a thumb or a finger would do the job of honking.
With the addition of driver side airbags, the horn ring started fading away and the button was integrated into the steering wheel spokes.
5. Vent Window for Ventilation
Vent window is a small glass window beside the main door window of a car. Most of the old cars had this type of small window for ventilation.
Like the main window, these vent windows could also be operated separately, allowing air to circulate inside the cabin and cool the occupants without creating a mess.
But with the introduction of air conditioning, this magnificent triangular piece of glass got extinct.
6. Front Bench Seats
Unlike the separate and comfortable cushion seats and safety belts in modern day cars, olden day cars had bench seats both at the front and at the rear. These bench seats were not fitted with any seat belts and could fit three people easily in the front row and could squeeze even the fourth skinny one.
Bench seats were popular in the early history of cars because they were most suitable to accommodate additional car passengers.
However, things changed with the introduction of bucket seats that provided more storage options and a sportier look to the car interior.
Customer preferences soon began to shift towards bucket seats and manufacturers had to drop bench seats in their favor.
Bench seats were also replaced due to safety concerns such as airbags and head rests, which can provide better protection to two passengers rather than three.