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Discussion in 'Clarity' started by 2020, Oct 26, 2018.

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  1. 2020

    2020 Member

    Can't back up with the door open. At times I need to open my door so I can see if I am going to clear a curb or my garage door and it is much easier for me to open the door and stick my head out. I have other cars that if I open the door the car engages the parking brake as a cautionary measure, however I can manually override it. Cannot do this on this car. If I am stupid enough to drive off with my door open that should by on me.
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  3. kent335

    kent335 Member

    Have you tried using the side mirrors? The mirrors that are installed just outside the window of the driver's side door and the passenger side door? That's why those items were installed on your car. You can also move them up and down to see the curb.

    How do you figure you can see better if you open up the door when you are backing out of the garage? Are you relying on the sound of your car door hitting the wall to figure out when you are out of room on the side when you are backing up?
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  4. petteyg359

    petteyg359 Well-Known Member

    There's also the backup camera which has a very wide FOV and a nice outline of exactly where you're going. Why on Earth would you think opening your door and sticking your head out *one side of the car* out would give you better visibility than using the camera that gives you *the whole rear plus angle on both sides*?

    And the only way I can think of not clearing a garage door is if you haven't actually opened it. Please explain how you would hit your garage door.
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  5. jeff10236

    jeff10236 Member

    I was also going to suggest using the mirrors. You have power mirrors, so adjusting them for the current specific need is easy. When I had my Ford Fusion that had parking senors that beeped when you got close to a car (or other obstruction) behind you but had no camera, I often adjusted my right side mirror to see the curb. I did that was other cars as well of course, but with the parking sensors in the Ford, the mirror made it almost as easy as if I had a camera. It takes all of a second or two to adjust the mirrors for your current need, and then a second or two to adjust them back for general driving.
  6. 2020

    2020 Member

    Let me clarify. This is my kids car. I have some expensive cars including an R8 in which visibility is not that great despite cameras and rear view mirrors. The wheels on those cars are quite expensive and in those very limited situations I feel more comfortable opening the door and having a direct visualization of the wheels. My point is that there should be manual override in certain situations. For example if you run out of juice for whatever reason and you have to push the car out of the middle of the road you cannot do it in this car with the door open. I'm a little older and had a few beaters in my 20s and 30s in which I ran out of gas and had to open the door and push while steering the car. Now I guess you just call roadside assistance.
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  8. petteyg359

    petteyg359 Well-Known Member

    Pretty sure you can. Put it in neutral and hold the button for a couple seconds. Also, the door is a door. It's not intended to pull the weight of the whole vehicle. If you need to push the car in neutral, you don't do it with the door open. You need somebody inside to steer anyway, because *you're in the middle of the road*. I very much doubt you're going to have any success pushing and steering at the same time by yourself if you're actually in the middle of the road.
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2018
  9. 2020

    2020 Member

    Yes young Luke. Sounds like you have not been in these unfortunate situations. You push on the A pillars, not on the door, and you steer. When you are getting close to where you want to be, you then jump back in, hit the brake and swear you will not let this happen again. It takes a little grunt but you can move these cars and usually somebody will help you out.
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  10. petteyg359

    petteyg359 Well-Known Member

    Then put it in the neutral hold and do that. The manual calls it "car wash mode"; it'll stick in neutral for 15 minutes then revert to park.
  11. Vezz66

    Vezz66 Member

    Try opening the door but with the seatbelt on.

    I know the car goes into Park if you open the door without the seatbelt. Some security for, say, you’re waiting in line for the SUV to fill up, decide to step out to stretch and forget the car is in drive.
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  13. RickSE

    RickSE Active Member

    I have had several times where I have pulled into my garage and not remembered to stick the car into park. The car is so quiet and it’s got the buttons instead of a shift that I’m just not used to it yet. I haven’t rolled forward - yet - but I won’t be surprised if it happens.
  14. petteyg359

    petteyg359 Well-Known Member

    It goes into park automatically when you turn it off. I do wish they didn't do the silly pretend-it's-gas-in-gear crap with the rolling forward when the accelerator isn't pushed.
  15. RickSE

    RickSE Active Member

    Yea, well.... let’s just say I’ve been lucky not to introduce my clarity to the back wall of my garage. :)
  16. petteyg359

    petteyg359 Well-Known Member

    You need something like Roomba's no-go strips :)
  17. insightman

    insightman Well-Known Member Subscriber

    Why would you ever use Park when you're finished driving? The Clarity puts itself in Park when you press the On/Off button. I've used the Park button only a couple of times in nearly 11 months--only to keep the radio on while I'm waiting for someone.
  18. V8Power

    V8Power Active Member

    I’ve added convex mirrors to see down and better around on both sides. Had these on our previous cars and can’t live without them. Can see parking spot markings, curbs, whatever conveniently.
  19. RickSE

    RickSE Active Member

    Never knew that! Tried it today and it worked. Of course now I will forget to do that too! :)
  20. amy2421

    amy2421 Active Member

    Are you kidding me? I've been putting it into Park every time for 2 months. My husband and I joke that the "shut down sequence is initiated": Park, parking brake, press Off button.
  21. Alantn

    Alantn Member

    I do the same thing as @amy2421 . My reason is I switch between the Clarity and a Maxima just so that I won't make mistakes. Same sequence regardless of which car I'm driving.
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  22. weave

    weave Active Member

    If you have brake hold on, even the parking brake will go on automatically when you hit the off button.
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  23. Richard_arch74

    Richard_arch74 Active Member

    The problem with not following the protocol: "put car in park, push start/off button, get out of car" with all of our cars is that some of our cars, that have a non-button shifter, you can leave your non-Clarity car in drive as you try to leave the car. Just a bad habit to get into: to not put car in "park".

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