Speedometers have gained and lost gauges overtime, but the tachometer, odometer, fuel gauge, and temperature gauge can be found in most cars. In recent years, especially with the mainstreaming of digital speedometers, one essential measurement is lost, that being the temperature gauge.
It isn’t too big a deal, considering the fact that it has been resigned to a single indicator, which lights up when engine temperatures get too hot. It does the job, is more cost-effective, and leaves space for other features. But losing the ability to properly observe one aspect of the engine’s condition isn’t quite alright. With digital speedometers, the ability to choose which information on the car the driver wants effectively removes this issue, but on cars without it, it becomes difficult to see early signs on whether one should stop and let the engine cool down. The size of an average temperature gauge also makes it more noticeable when the temperature is above average, instead of a single icon. Modern cars do not need to be warmed up before driving, but when warming up their cars without driving, there isn’t a way to determine whether or not it has gotten to optimal temperatures. One can simply assume that it needs about 10 minutes to warm up, but different engines have varied warm-up times.
p class=”MsoNormal”>The temperature gauge is still a great option to have anyhow, even in digital speedometers. Overheating is rare to see in cars of today, unless the car is mistreated and not given proper maintenance, but it makes it safer for drivers to detect early signs of a potentially critical error in their vehicles.