Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Stuart asks: I don’t “buckle up” – because I don’t like to, even if it is “safer” to do so – just as I prefer steak over steamed broccoli. But my car will not stop harassing me to do so with endless pinging. Is there a way, short of a ball peen hammer, to get my car to shut up?
My reply: Yes, I know of two ways.
The first way is to buckle the seat before you sit down. Just insert the male end into the female end and sit down. I do this with every press car I test drive. It’s easy and it doesn’t alter anything.
Another way is to go to a junkyard and buy the male end from a totaled car of the same type as yours. This is a better way as you won’t have to sit on the belt and the tab won’t jab you, either.
In some cars, it is also possible to reprogram the thing so as to eliminate the pinging.
As an aside, I think it’s interesting that the car companies are willing to install such a distracting thing in cars, ostensibly in the name of “safety.”
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