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The joys of a new car

April 2, 2014 - Pam Rodgers
Many things in life can happen unexpectedly. Usually, buying a car isn’t one of those, but this is exactly what happened to me. Last week, I said goodbye to my old car, and I leased a brand 2014 Ford Fusion.

The idea wasn’t new. While there was nothing truly wrong with my old car (a 2006 Fusion for the record), I had discussed upgrading sometime in the near future. I was thinking after the summer would be a good time to start to shop around. However, a deal came to my attention that was too good to refuse.

I’ve never had a brand new car. All of my other vehicles were hand-me-downs or used cars. I am already seeing how the switch has changed certain driving choices.

Driving home in the dark, I go a little slower now and look out for anything that could jump out into the road, especially deer. I did that before but I now analyze my surroundings even more and remain attentive at all times. I heard a nightmarish story about someone hitting a deer the same day she got the new car. Given my history with the animal, I don’t want the same to happen to me.

The biggest one is parking. I park in a public lot for work. I want to park as far away from other vehicles as possible. Sure, the walk to the building is farther, but the risk for door dings decrease. There are a few good spots in my lot that work perfectly for this.

The weird consideration was when rain was in the forecast. I actually considered not driving my car that day because it might rain. I hadn’t given the rain much thought with my other cars, except to make sure I had my umbrella in the car. Luckily, my desire to drive the car won out. I will just have to plan to get more car washes in the future.

I love the car. It has all the new age technology that I don’t “need” but love to have. I can control a lot with voice activation. I can change climate setting, entertainment options, make calls and more. I started reading the SYNC manual and I just couldn’t take it all in. I will have to gradually learn more.

Speed is going to be a problem. I lightly tap the accelerator and I’m already up to speed. It’s nice, but I have to watch it. I don’t want to get a speeding ticket. Plus it’s a red orange color and you know what statistics say about red cars.

Then again, there are more red cars on the road so the numbers are slightly skewed. My mom loves to point that out every time someone mentions the red cars and speeding ticket correlation. I guess it's rubbed off on me now too.

Well, I’ve have had my new “toy” for a week now, and I am still learning all the ins and outs of what I can do with it. Hopefully this will be my car for awhile, so I will have plenty of time to get to know everything about it. I have the most important stuff mastered though, key, ignition, start, drive, stop and repeat.



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