Speedometer Calibration

The driver may not notice how fast the vehicle is going when sitting behind the wheel and the only indicator will be the speedometer located a few inches below the windshield. There are two types of speedometers. The mechanical and the electronic version.

The mechanical speedometer works using a cable, a rotating flexible shaft and a magnet. After calibrating and combining these three components, the speed of the car will continue to increase as one continues to step on the gas.

The electronic version also uses a magnet. The only difference is that in order for this to work, the entire system needs a computer. Once this is calibrated, it will be able to tell how fast the vehicle is moving.

Most of the cars use the electronic version but those who like to drive something like a 1956 Mustang will surely be able to reminisce the good old days when the mechanical speedometer made man and machine work together.

Unfortunately, driving more than a hundred miles per hour in the city or even on the freeway with the calibrated speedometer will only get the driver in trouble. For safety reasons, the police will most likely pull over the driver and issue a ticket.

This should serve as a lesson to the one behind the wheel because most car accidents are caused by over speeding or drinking under the influence that causes damage to property and may take someone’s life.

One ticket is OK but repeated offenses will make it more expensive to get insurance for the vehicle. At worse, no one will want to insure the individual given the reckless history that is a liability to the insurance company.

The best thing to do then with the calibrated speedometer will still be to follow the traffic rules especially the speed limits. This varies on city and highway driving but regardless where one is, the right thing to do will be to abide by it.