… car cigarette lighters?
Thanks to Noeline Laccetti for this idea. I really like it when people send ideas for this regular Sunday morning post through social media, email, or add to the Whatever happened to Padlet.
This bit of memory jogger lets us know just how far society has come.
Back in the day, a cigarette lighter was an absolute necessity. Many people smoked; I know my mom and dad did. My brother and I got to enjoy the smoke from the back seat. The lighter was conveniently placed on the dashboard so that both the driver and front seat passenger could easily access it.
My first full-time girlfriend and I used to go out in our car before I got my truck. Fortunately, she lived 3 or 4 towns away and I would drive to get her with all four windows rolled down. I don’t ever recall her complaining of the smell. She would have been sensitive, I suspect, since nobody in her family smoked.
Every vehicle that I’ve ever owned had this functionality although these days, the pop out lighter outlet is called an auxiliary power outlet. And, with society’s need for more and more power, there is one on the front dashboard for front seat people and another in the console between the front seats for use in the back seat. Both Ford and Chrysler (our current vehicles) also have USB ports. For me though, I still have my portable unit from my old Cobalt that plugs into the auxiliary port and has a phone connector on the other end. It seems to charge faster than the built-in USB ports.
For a Sunday, cut through the smoke and share some of your thoughts.
- do you recall a time when you and/or your family had a cigarette lighter in the car and used it for that?
- how many ports and what kind does your current vehicle have?
- what have you ever plugged into the port? My list includes:
- smartphones (of course)
- a portable GPS unit
- a portable cassette player for those time I was out of radio range of a good station
- a coffee cup heater
- a chargeable flashlight
- an iPad
- a portable battery
- a portable XMRadio
- … (can you add to this list?)
- how do people light up in cars these days?
Please share your thoughts in the comments below.
This post appeared on:
If you read it anywhere else, it’s not the original.