As usual my gripe today isn't earth shattering or even homicidal, but it is something that really bothers me..... Who is it that designs the cup holders in cars? Personally I think cup holders are a major safety feature in a car. I would hate to manage driving and holding my coffee at the same time. I drive an automatic for the very reason it is less distracting than a standard. I need as few distractions as possible.
In the "old days" built in cup holders did not exist in cars. Now the more the merrier in my opinion, in fact they are built into baby strollers these days. [not when I had babies] Vans even have square holders for juice boxes! There were certainly ways to get around the fact there was no place to put your coffee, several options were available in the stores.....
This option was fine, but you had to be careful when "rolling" the window up and down.
This fancy option fits over the transmission and was handy but my shift was always in the way.
I kinda like this option too. According to the site ["White Trash Repairs"] it is called a "Red neck cup holder". I wonder if it works with heels.
Why am I complaining? My new car of course has cup holders, two in the front between the seats and one in each door. There are some in the back seat as well, although I'm not sure how many since I rarely sit "back there". The ones in the front between the seats however are amazingly poorly designed. [see I did have a point] They are recessed and are perfect if all you drink is water or soda, but for take out coffee cups they are stupid. I buy medium sized and the lids are just wide enough and the cup just short enough that it gets caught. I have even had the lid pulled off before only to be left with most of the coffee in the bottom of the well.
See how deep the wells are. Of course it looks good in the picture since they are using a reuseable cup. I guess I could invest in one [in fact I own a couple] but then it gets taken inside to be washed and never seems to get back in the car again. [like the reuseable grocery bags I bought] My husbands car, a Mazda 3, is even worse. The design is similar but seems to catch the lid even easier.
Anyone know an automobile engineer I can send my gripe too?
What's bothering you today?