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'To sound horn, push the horn pad' and other advice from modern car owner's manuals

Have you ever joked about some consumer warnings that seem blatantly obvious? We’re thinking of the very cautious, “Don’t use the hairdryer in the bathtub,” or the reminder for those who didn’t excel in Home Ec, “Remove cardboard from pizza before placing in oven.”

It seems carmakers have jumped on the bandwagon and are dumbing down their vehicle owner’s manuals.

“If the windshield is covered with snow, remove the snow,” advises the manual for a 2014 Subaru Outback. A bit later in the whopping 254-page manual, you’ll find these helpful instructions: “To sound the horn, push the horn pad.”

Jim Mateja, who’s been writing about cars for years, put together a highly entertaining piece in the Chicago Tribune that we wanted to share with you: “Owner’s Manuals for Dummies?”

And while we had a good laugh (ok, more than one) while reading the article, we do sincerely hope the carmakers call the liability hounds off before they remove actual helpful information such as tire pressure specifications, maintenance schedules and where to locate the tire jack.

Does your owner’s manual contain any entertaining pieces of advice? Send it to us for inclusion in our next enewsletter, or post it on our Facebook page!

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