Please treat my car as if it were your own- that is the main thing that I ask!
MUST BE READ BY DRIVER
Gear Shift: Push DOWN on the gear shift to shift to change gears. The gear shift is not labeled but is in a standard Automatic Drive order. Starting from the most forward position: PARK - REVERSE - NEUTRAL - DRIVE - MANUAL. The last position is to put it into Manual and use the bump shift on the drivers left arm side. This works just like a manual without the clutch.
Bluetooth: Leave the first switch on the dashboard in the up position to have Bluetooth activated. To connect you are looking for WW-BT-VC. Sometimes upon re-entry of the car it may take a minute to reconnect and sometimes has to be manually reconnected. To skip a track, do a quick turn to the right on the middle Bluetooth knob, to turn volume up or down hold to the right for louder or hold to the left for quieter, but if you let go too quick it will skip rather than change the volume so hold it until you hear the volume change and then you can release the hold.
Seat Warmers: When activated, they go to the hottest setting right away. So push a few more times to go to the lowest setting and then work your way up to desired heat as they can get quite hot.
Lights and Seat Warmers: These will automatically turn off a few seconds after key is removed although they will appear to stay on when you get out, they will momentarily turn off.
Important SAFETY things to remember:
*You are SMALL in this car, so always practice defensive driving. Drive with the idea that no one can see you and always be aware of drivers around you - never sit in someone’s blind spot and just stay away from semis. The good thing is, because this car is so unique you will actually see that the road tends to part and people usually get out of your way which helps. But as a rule of thumb, drive as if no one sees you.
*The turning radius is about as good as a semi truck due to the placement of the wheels, so try to avoid any U-turns unless you have a very wide space.
*When pulling into a parking spot, do NOT pull all the way in like you would in a car where your tires would touch the curb first and you would know to stop. On this car the front carriage would hit it first bc it is so low and the wheels are set back, so pull into all spots with caution and stop prior to hitting the stop curb. The car is shorter than you are used to, so you won’t need to pull in as far as normal.
*Because this car is low, you need to take all speed bumps and inclined driveways or entrances at an angle to avoid damage to the under carriage.
*The ABS brakes are fantastic but may seem a bit touche until you get used to them. They are most touche when slowing at lower speeds such as when driving through a parking lot, but when slowing down at regular speeds you will find a normal braking experience.
*In California helmets are not actually required, but recommended. However because it is not a common car many cops don’t know that helmets are not required. It falls under an exempt helmet motorcycle classification because it has roll bars, a steering wheel, and seat belts- all of which motorcycles do not. You can explain this to cops and they should just give you a warning, but if that possibility makes you nervous then helmets are available at your request. I have been pulled over only once, but have passed many cops - so it’s just a luck of the draw of which cops have his helmet classification knowledge and which don’t.