I Think I Found My New Calling...And Finally Learned How Cars Work?

March 23, 2018

 

The other day, my boyfriend was cleaning things out of my car for me because he is really thoughtful and if I have to concentrate on cleaning part of our place and myself, then my car is usually an after thought.

 

Thankfully, he knows about cars because I won't even pretend like I have an inkling. I know the basic things, like that I should get my oil changed and if the little engine light that looks like a helicopter comes on, then I should probably have it looked at by a professional. But I am not one of those cool girls in a leather jacket, leaning against the hood of her car flipping a wrench. Honestly, I am not even sure if you would ever need a wrench in car repair. Just the vision I've made for cool car gals everywhere.

 

So, he came back inside, and asked me if I realized that I had been using my air conditioning all winter as opposed to my heater.

 

Me: But hot air comes out? I have the air turned on, and the dial is all the way on the red, so it's heat.


Tobias: The air might be hot, but it's actually your air conditioning, just turned to a hotter setting.


Me: I don't understand. The air is hot - I think you're mistaken.


Tobias: No, your dial is turned to the setting with a snowflake. Like, for cold.


Me: No, the snowflake means that when it's winter, I turn it to that setting so my car can be warm! That is the winter setting!


Tobias: ....


Me: What?


Tobias: The snowflake is for COLD. Cold as in air conditioning. You should use that setting during the summer, and the heater during the winter.


Me: Well that's dumb! Cold air should be little wavy lines or something. Like air blowing.


​Tobias: That's the sign for heat, or hot air.


Me: THEN THE HOT AIR SIGN SHOULD BE A SUN WITH THIS CURRENT SYSTEM SINCE APPARENTLY WE ARE DEALING WITH​ OPPOSITES AND STRANGE CAR SYMBOLOGY THAT I DON'T UNDERSTAND!


Tobias: I will just put it on the right setting for you. You'll be warmer, and it'll be better for you car. I know you're going to want to turn it to the little person with the snowflake, but leave it.

 

Moral of the story is, after 10 years of driving my car, I finally learned how to properly use the heating system. And realized that I should probably petition for little car pictures that actually make sense. I think I found my new calling.

 

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