Considering 06 Civic-question re visibility

Discussion in 'Civic' started by Robin, Feb 6, 2006.

  1. Robin

    Robin Guest

    I went for second test drive last night and noticed that I can't see the
    front of the car beyond the windshield because the hood slopes down.
    For those of you with this car or another which does the same thing, did
    you indeed get "used to it"? If yes, how long do you estimate it took?
    Have you hit anything because of it?
    Robin, Feb 6, 2006
  2. Robin

    flobert Guest

    I'm like this with my new van. Old van had a flat front, new one
    doesn't, but i've not hit anything either. Of course, I'm paranoid
    about it (because i'm still, at heart, a RHD driver, in a LLHD
    country) . I got some broom handles, and put them at the front corners
    of my car, and got some references to mark where I am. I then got some
    little cones from the dollar tree (you get 4 for a buck, about 6-7
    inches high, made of orange plastic, used for football, sorry, soccer
    training) and tried to drive and stop with the front as close as
    possible, without going over. Works like a champ. I can now park this
    Town+country as precisely as I can my 88 civic.
    flobert, Feb 6, 2006
  3. I never noticed that, but now that I think about, yeah I see what you're
    saying. I have only nudged a few of those dang concrete "things" in
    parking space, not with the bumper, but that small plastic thing hanging
    down beneath it. Has not happened in a month or so since though. I would
    not worry about it unless your vision is not great, and in that case
    maybe a trip to the optometrist would be in order?

    Nicholas Coday, Feb 7, 2006
  4. Robin

    Art Guest

    It is a cab forward design similar to previous generation Chryslers. The
    front hood is so short that it will probably not present a problem. Most of
    the front end is in the dashboard depth.
    Art, Feb 7, 2006
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    wastrel Guest

    I've had my '06 Civic for about a month now, and yes I've gotten used to it. For
    me it took about two weeks to really get a good feel for where the front end is

    I haven't hit anything (knock on wood) due to it, but I have scraped the very
    bottom of the bumper on one of those concrete parking lot partitions. But I
    used to do that fairly often with my old car, too, so that's probably a personal
    wastrel, Feb 8, 2006
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    Rocky Guest

    I drove an 06 today and when I took it in the parking garage at work I was
    able to park in my space without hitting the wall - I judged but the size of
    the headlight beam, but no matter how I tried to look, I could not see the
    hood - but with 30/40 mpg, I'll accept that! an outstanding engineering
    Rocky, Feb 9, 2006
  7. Besides the front issue I am careful when taking curves (lots in Pittsburgh)
    due to the "A" pillar that blocks your view. But again I'll trade that off
    on looks and performance any day.
    Richard Kuroski, Mar 28, 2006
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    John Horner Guest

    This is a real pet peeve of mine, more and more modern vehicles are
    reducing visibility in favor of "style". This is a real safety issue.
    I wonder how many additional small children are going to get run over
    because drivers didn't see them in their stylish vehicles.

    I hate the visibility from my '03 Accord. There is much to like about
    modern Hondas, but visibility around the front pillars is not one of the
    things to like!

    John Horner, Mar 29, 2006
  9. Robin

    TeGGeR® Guest

    If you're referring to the fat A-pillar, that has nothing to do with style
    and everything to do with side-intrusion crash legislation.

    The NHTSA's crash tests require a certain minimum intrusion into the
    passenger compartment in their standardized side-impact tests, and this can
    usually only be achieved by making the A-pillars really fat and strong.
    Even the automakers don't like it because of the visibilty issues, but they
    have little choice.

    For extreme examples, check out most late-model minivans. To minimize
    visibility loss, automakers are forced to make the A-pillars triangular in
    section, with the point of the triangle pointing at the driver. Some
    pillars are 5" thick from outside painted surface to the inner point.

    Your tax dollars at work.
    TeGGeR®, Mar 29, 2006
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