Automatic: Hack Your Driving, Even if You Have a Manual Transmission

Automatic: Hack Your Driving, Even if You Have a Manual Transmission
Finally, someone knows where we parked the car. Thanks, Automatic! [Image shared by Amazon]
Today is a brave day. In the midst of telling you about a driving innovation that should meaningfully have an impact on your life in a positive way, I will be sharing some of my most embarrassing driving habits. For the sake of explaining just how amazing the Automatic Link Smart Driving Assistant (from here on out known simply as Automatic) is, I will be admitting rather readily to a whole host of faults. I do this because it is the holiday season, and I care. I also have a friend who has been using Automatic for a while now and says it is, I quote, “a game changer.”

You may be drawn in by the promise of higher gas mileage. Automatic will certainly help you with this by giving you driving scores and tips on how you can get the most out of your engine. It will tell you to not speed, which I do. Everyone knows that driving above 55 MPH lowers gas mileage, but somehow it sinks in better when it comes from a Bluetooth-enabled smart driving assistant — smart is in the name! It may also tell you to avoid hard braking. This I do very rarely, but my delicate sensibilities do get spooked behind the wheel from time to time.

Automatic: So Easy, Even I Can Do It

All good and well, but this does you no good if you can’t hook the thing up and configure it, right? Confession the third: I am clueless when it comes to my car. I am ashamed of how clueless I am, but I can set an Automatic up. All you have to do is plug it in and sync with the smartphone app, and nearly all cars made after 1996 are supported. As long as I am rolling with the shame, I always forget where I parked the car. If I am in a store for more than 10 minutes, I will spend at least five more looking for the car. Automatic remembers for me. Granted, remembering where I parked the car is a life skill I should learn, but it is nice to have backup.

Speaking of backup, Automatic will even call for help if it senses a crash. This is not a new feature on connected cars by any means, but Automatic does it with no monthly service fee. You pay once and that is it, my friend. Thankfully, I do not get into accidents very often, but I do ridiculous things like not tighten the gas cap enough when filling up. That was a 75 dollar mistake. The check engine light came on, and I had to take it in to find out what was wrong. If I had Automatic, it would have told me what the error code meant, allowing me to access how quickly to take Maddox in. Yes, I name my car. You should too.

Name your car something awesome, then head to Amazon and pick up an Automatic Link Smart Driving Assistant. Your newly monikered vehicle will thank you.