West Herr explains what car buttons do

West Herr New York discusses what all those buttons and lights in your car are for in the first of its new blog series called “What Does That Button Do?”

The blog said that it is OK to get confused about what a button does because most of them use icons but don’t specify what they do. As a result, car owners tend to leave these buttons alone.

One such example of a button that you might find in your vehicle but are not sure about is the traction control off button. This button activates the traction control system for when you are stuck on ice or in snow or mud, causing a wheel to slip and spin. By hitting the button, the system will take force from the wheel that is slipping and transfer it to a wheel that is getting traction.

Another button you will see is the hazard lights/four-way flashers button. This button causes all your turn signals to flash in rhythm to let other drivers know that you're going slowly or that you're stopped. Essentially, it will let them know your car is a hazard.

Another button is the auto start/stop off button. When pressed, your engine will switch to a standby mode when you're stopped at a light, stop sign, or in a drive through. This will save you gas – up to a tank and a half a year.

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