I have two cars at the moment. So I had been driving one car quite a bit then the other day I needed to take the other car somewhere.
I get into this car, start it up, and put the gear thing in reverse. I didn’t feel the usual jolt of it being put into gear, though. Then I looked at the digital indicator; it still said “N.” I found this worrisome. I tried putting it into different gears, but it still just said “N.” Finally, I put it back in reverse. I felt the transmission kick in and I tried to back out of the driveway. Sure enough, it started moving. In the correct direction.
Half a second later I realized that I’m an idiot. The other car that I had been driving, you see, had the gear selector between the front seats. On the dashboard it has a digital readout showing what gear is selected.
The car I was driving when this happened has the gear selector on the steering column. So it has the usual “P R N D123” thing with the red line showing what gear you’re in. It doesn’t have a digital indicator on the dashboard because that would be kind of stupid.
What it does have, that the other car lacks, is a compass.
So I found out that my driveway points North.