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10 Most Irritating Car Features According to Drivers

In today’s era of high-tech automobiles, vehicles are loaded with an array of advanced features and amenities. However, not all of these innovations hit the mark. Whether you’re a seasoned road warrior with years of experience or a fresh driver just encountering these annoyances, this compilation will strike a chord with anyone who’s ever questioned the inclusion of certain features in their car.

Non-Intuitive Infotainment Systems

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Modern cars come equipped with sophisticated infotainment systems that can control everything from music and navigation to climate settings. However, some manufacturers seem to have designed their systems with a mind-numbing level of complexity. Navigating through endless menus and submenus just to change a radio station can be infuriating.

Overly Sensitive Lane-Keeping Assist

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Lane-keeping assist is meant to help keep your vehicle within its lane, but some systems are so sensitive that they constantly tug at the steering wheel, making it feel like you’re fighting with the car for control.

Aggressive Automatic Emergency Braking

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While automatic emergency braking is a valuable safety feature, it can be overly aggressive, slamming on the brakes at the slightest provocation, even when you have the situation under control.

Complicated Climate Control Systems

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Basic functions like adjusting the temperature or changing the airflow direction should be simple, but in some cars, they require navigating through a maze of touchscreen options, taking your focus away from the road.

Invasive Start-Stop Systems

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Start-stop systems, which shut off the engine at stops to save fuel, can be jarring and annoying, especially when they restart with a shudder as soon as you release the brake pedal.

Complicated Touchscreens

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Large touchscreens can be sleek, but when they’re too complicated or unresponsive, they become a source of frustration rather than convenience.

Inaccurate Parking Sensors

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Parking sensors are meant to help you avoid obstacles, but when they start beeping incessantly over nothing, they can drive you to distraction.

Overly Sensitive Proximity Alarms

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Proximity alarms that go off too easily, such as when passing a parked car on a narrow street, can be more irritating than helpful.

Annoying Seatbelt Chimes

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While safety is paramount, the incessant chime and warning light for unbuckled seatbelts can become a constant annoyance, especially when you’re in a parking lot or moving your car short distances.

Author: Madison Cates

Title: Managing Editor


Research journalist, Freelance writer, Managing editor

  • Expertise: automotive content, trending topics.
  • Education: LeTourneau University, Bachelors of Science in Business Administration.
  • Over 400 articles and short news pieces published across the web.

Experience: Madison Cates is a journalist located in the great state of Texas. She began writing over eight years ago. Her first major research piece was published by the Journal of Business and Economics in 2018. After growing up in a household of eight brothers and a dad who was always restoring old Camaros, she naturally pivoted her freelance career into the automotive industry. There, she found her passion. Her experience paved the way for her to work with multiple large corporations in automotive news and trending topics. Now, she now finds her home at Wealth of Geeks where she proudly serves as Managing Editor of Autos. Madison is always down to geek out over the latest beautiful cars on the market, and she enjoys providing her readers with tips to make car ownership easier and more enjoyable.

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