I think of myself as progressive. I use the internet for a lot of things – paying bills, managing accounts, watching inane videos. I even have a smart phone. Technically the phone is smarter than the owner but that’s a whole different post.
Still…there are some things where I am old school.
My car has a fancy schmancy system. They call it interactive. It connects with my phone. There’s a GPS that I never use and there’s the audio system.
The audio system. *bangs head on table*
There are neat little thingies on the steering wheel where I can change channels or the volume but I never remember they are there. There is the screen on the dashboard where I can tap things.
I miss the buttons.
Remember back in the day all car radios had 5 or 6 buttons that you preprogrammed. You touched them and the station changed. Quick. Easy. You didn’t need to look at the dashboard. You knew exactly where they were.
This system doesn’t work like that. Yes, I have preprogrammed stations but there are no easy buttons. I have to tap the screen (never a good thing because I tap the wrong thing and I’m at a different screen) or punch the button on the steering wheel.
Part of it is my own fault. When I programmed the stations they didn’t end up next to each other. There are empty slots that I have to click over to get to another station. If I want to change from Sirius to AM or FM that requires that I pull over to the side of the road and get out the instruction manual that’s 3” thick. (It also requires that I pack a lunch, my jammies and toothbrush.)
I’ve had the car over two years and I still don’t get it right on the first try. At the beginning (before I learned that I really need to not be driving when I do any of this) I almost hit a pole. No audio is worth that.
Now I use two different stations (that are close together). I will stay with that until I find some nice eight year old child who will teach me how to use my car systems.
I am so old school!