My wife is always cold. Even when we go away to Mexico in the winter, she still packs pants and a bunnyhug for what she calls “those cool evenings” What? At home, dealing with her always being cold is easy. She puts on a sweater or wraps up in a blanket to watch TV, but in the vehicle…. Let me tell you the tale of something called ‘dual climate controls’.
Most of today’s vehicles come with a host of conveniences to deal with passenger comfort including heated seats and steering wheel, and that makes total sense, but what doesn’t make sense to me is the dual climate controls. This is where the driver and front seat passenger have their own fan and heat settings. Sounds like a good idea, right?
I get the idea though… people have different levels of comfort. Some like it cooler, while others like it warmer. I like it set to 21 degrees, where my wife sets hers to the max (31). Soon enough we’re driving along and I’m suffocating from the heat. I feel like I’m in an oven set to broil. In a vehicle, dual climate controls is like having a smoking section on an airplane… you’re not going to keep it confined to one area without some sort of partition. That would be a brilliant idea though, partitions in vehicles to keep the driver separate from the rest of those in the vehicle. Make sure they’re soundproof too so you don’t have to listen to your screaming kids. Now that’s an option that we all need.