Posted On: Monday - August 23rd 2021 9:44AM MST
In Topics:   Cars  Curmudgeonry  Peak Stupidity Roadshow
This is a follow up from a post of over 2 years back, one of our curmudgeonly about cars. In this case, it was about modern vehicles, of which we're all going to have to deal with at some point. In Modern Auto Stupidity, Peak Stupidity discussed the problem now for those of us who like to ride with the windows down.
Hey, some of us are still not scared of the outdoors, even under America's current state of Faucism. As we noted, the problem doesn't occur at low speed, so riding around town with windows down is still doable. At high speed, even just 60 mph, there is air turbulence that causes all occupants to feel that Steve Austin feeling - "she's breaking up, coming forward with the side stick ...". I mean, it's BAD, especially the effect from the back seat windows (we have the standard 2 rows).
I speculated on the big side rear-view mirrors being the cause of this, and now Peak Stupidity has verified that during a test run on the Peak Stupidity proving grounds called the interstate out West. Why so long a wait? The problem was that the BIG-ASSED (to be more correct) mirrors on our only vehicle with the things are in fixed housings. The rental SUV we drove, however, had the feature of inward-foldable mirror housings. Yes, it's another thing to fail, but at least this feature is a manual one - no motors and "mirror control computer" are involved. That's a good thing, and I do like this feature. We used it in a very tight parking spot at one of our stopping points.
It was very hot on the trip, so nobody ELSE in the family was up for windows-down driving. Finally though, after maybe 3 days of driving this thing, it came to me - hey, let's test this mirror theory.
Yep, with the mirrors folded inward, the turbulence inside the cabin with the windows down was greatly minimized. It may have been as low as in an old sports car, sold with no A/C. Ooops, only thing is, once you do this, you don't have your view, and as Peak Stupidity has railed against to a slight degree (so far), visibility in these new small and mid-sized SUVs sucks ass!*
So, the point here is not that the inward-folding mirrors solve the turbulence problem. It's just that I know the cause for sure now.
* In fact, this one had maybe the worst visibility for changing lanes to the left that I've ever seen. It took 2 days before I felt comfortable coming left without greatly hedging it.