Please don't try this at home. It works much better in your car.
Yesterday, I did something just a little reckless. Please don't let the wife know, or my insurance company, for that matter. I drove from my house all the way to Long Beach, NY on surface streets with my dashboard and 17" screen covered in black cloth. That's right, I was driving only using my God given senses of sight (impaired), hearing (What?) and touch. Man, I felt ALIVE!!!
I had no idea if the car was even on before I hit the stalk to hopefully put it in reverse. (How could I tell what with the indicator and the rear view display covered.) I backed out of my driveway and heard a beep. It sounded like a parking sensor but how was I to tell if it was a front thing or a rear thing? Silly me, I looked. What a concept!! One disaster avoided.
I then proceeded to drive out of my development with absolutely no idea how fast I was going, if my brake lights came on, what time it was or even what station I was listening to on the radio. But was I crazy or did the air smell sweeter and did everything I looked at have a bit more color?
I signalled for a left turn and, thank God, the blinker made a sound because how else could I tell if the blinker was actually on? I still wasn't sure if the correct blinker was on because the left and right blinker make the same sound (they should do something about that in 7.1) and I couldn't see the green blinky thing on the dash but I was confident in my muscle memory. (Is that one of the senses?)
I get onto some busy boulevards still unsure of my speed and no idea how much energy I'm using or if I'll have enough. Sure, my car starts the day at 180 miles of rated range and Long Beach is only 9 miles away, but without minute to minute verification how do I know I'm not going to stop dead in the middle of an intersection. Remember, I can't see the temp and we all know how much impact cold weather has on range, so I could be in real trouble here. Okay, I'm in a light sweater and the day before the temp gauge said something like 59, but weather changes fast in the Northeast. I could be gobbling up kWhs at an alarming rate.
My daughter told me to pick her up at 5:30 and she'd be waiting outside. (In this weather??!!!) Problem is I have no idea what time it is. Should I call her and tell her I might be late? Wait. Before I left my house I noticed a clock in the kitchen that said 4:35. Long Beach is just 20 minutes away. Whew!! She gets a little testy if she has to stand outside too long in a possible snowstorm.
I'm feeling okay and quite comfortable to the point that I can relax a little knowing that driving "blind" is not as challenging as I thought it might be. And then fear started welling up in my throat. OMG I have no idea if I need a tire rotation or an annual service!! I can't see the odometer!! I start driving a little faster (I think) hopefully to get to my daughter in time to make an appointment just in case I drove 2500 miles since yesterday. How could I tell?
I finally pull up to her house and yank the cloth off my dash and look lovingly at the little white car. "I missed you." I take the cloth out of the car, wipe off the sweat pouring off my brow and then kneel down and kiss the ground. I made it. 9 miles, 22 minutes with nothing to go by but the 45 years of driving experience I've been led to believe didn't matter anymore. Too bad I don't have dash cams and I forgot to record it on my phone. They'll never believe it at Guinness.
Imagine, driving without access to a speedometer, battery gauge, rated range, direction indicator, time, temp, odometer, rear camera and radio station info? I AM NOT doing that again.