Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Justifiable Homicide Tuesday.


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.

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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?





10 comments :

DCHY said...

Just visit your automaker's website. ;) I remember the old days when cars didn't even have any possible place for cups. My version of a cupholder was to put a seatbelt on the cup. Hehe.

Eva Gallant said...

The cup holders in my Impala seem to be okay, except one is larger than the other. Even that works most of the time because I tend to drink bottled water, and the smaller holder is perfect for that.

Brian Miller said...

someone keeps putting junk in my cupholders...receipts and odds and ends...i need to talk to management...smiles.

blueviolet said...

You'd think they would try those cup holders out for just about any possible scenario to make sure they were right. Aggravating!

Anonymous said...

Now you are left with a less than perfect cup holder, so try redesigning it. How about putting something in the bottom just thick enough to lift your cup up just that much that the lid doesn't get stuck. I'm thinking about a piece of Styrofoam cut into a circle and placed down there. Just a thought, otherwise, perhaps a new car is in the plans. :) Gail

Together We Save said...

I agree!! Seems like the ones in the back seat are usually a better size.

ModernMom said...

LOL Oh I agree with you. Cup holders that work are NEEDED in every car, that red neck one cracked me up!

WhisperingWriter said...

Haha, the show holder made me giggle.

Myya said...

Cup holders are a major pain in the ass aren't they! I have one in my car that my cup ALWAYS gets stuck in. Soooo annoying!

Lavender Luz said...

The Redneck cup holder made me literally LOL.

I get your point. I've had the same gripe, too.