Do You Talk to Your Car?

Oscar

My car’s name is Oscar.

Naming my car was probably the first sign that I was going to be a car-talker. Car-whisperer. Car-chatter. What do you think is a good term?

Praising the car for a job well done.

“Nice one, Oscar! That was a tricky parking situation.”

Begging the car.

“Please, please make it up this hill.”

Caressing the car (steering wheel, dashboard, etc).

“There’s a good car.” *pat, pat*

Apologizing to the car.

“Oh man, that was stupid of me, I’m so sorry, Oscar. We could have gotten hurt.”

Bribing the car.

“Just get me to the gas station before you run out, Oscar, and I swear I’ll give you a car wash. A wax. Whatever you want, just keep moving.”

Writing

In CHOOSE, Hank talks to the Miraj (especially in the installment that’ll go live this evening).

I don’t remember Captain Picard ever talking to the Enterprise, but I think Mal talked to Serenity and Han Solo talked to the Millennium Falcon.

Do you recall any other characters that talk to their vehicles?

Real Life

Do YOU talk to YOUR car? I’m guilty of all of the above, but maybe you do one or two but couldn’t imagine (for example) actually bribing your car.

Any other bribers out there who feel honor-bound to fulfill the promise of the bribe?

Also, how many of you named your car? Is there a story behind the name? Does anyone who named their car NOT talk to their car?

88 thoughts on “Do You Talk to Your Car?

  1. The obvious one is Herbie… I can’t say that I recally the person who talked to Herbie, I just know that all the people talked to Herbie and he tended to do the opposite.

    I too am a car talker, her name is Bruiser (yes HER). My car is a purple PT Cruser with wood panneling. We kept calling her The Purple Woody and if you can’t firure out the genesis of the name Bruiser from that information, good for you for keeping your mind out of the gutter!

    • Tami

      Ha! I love it. “Bruiser”

      And now all I can imagine is my grandmother driving a purple PT Cruiser and saying “You’re cruisin’ for a bruisin’!”

      (my grandmother because that’s one of her favorite phrases and I always imagine her saying it, not because I associate you in any way with my grandmother. *grin*)

  2. BadKitteh

    While Picard may not have spoken to the Enterprise, didn’t Scotty? Then of course, there was Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang… but I don’t know if they spoke to Chitty so much as sang to her, lol.

    I’m pretty sure I’ve shared the story with you before about how my current car got her name, “A New Hope.” No, not just because I’ve been a Star Wars nut all my life, but because of the car I had before her.

    My first car was a Buick Skylark, which I dubbed “The Phantom Menace” after losing count of how many times it would just up and die while driving (even at 60mph, which I can assure you is quite frightening), but it took about 10 trips to the auto shop over a period of a year before they could even remotely recreate the issue. Even then they still weren’t able to fix the issue 100%. So yeah, she earned that name.

    Then, the day came where I traded her in for a shiny new silver car. That very day, I got in my new car, patted the dashboard and dubbed her “A New Hope”, “Hope” for short. Somehow it just seemed appropriate.

    Of course, she’s also been named “Silver Bullet” by others given my tendency to prefer getting where I’m going quickly.

    • Tami

      You have told me this story, but I love hearing it. <3

  3. Mother of Three, Anne

    If I never got to drive a car again in my life, I would rejoice. Automobiles are not my favorite invention. My desire to create the illusion of some sort of bond with a car is beyond my sensibilities. I am completely indifferent to cars.

    I have had no more interest, affection or appreciation for the 1982 Camaro (although, since it had a standard transmission, it does rank as my favorite car, and I HATED that automobile) than the Ford LTD, Buick LaSabre, Ford F150, F250, or Escort or any other vehicles I have owned or used in my lifetime.

    No names. Never. No talking. Ever. I do not want that relationship.

    Cars are rather like refrigerators or washing machines to me. They are just these things that I have that make my life easier in many ways, but take up space and money, need cleaning and repairs, and are mostly annoying to me. I don’t talk to my refrigerator or washing macine either.

    • Tami

      Oh man, I wish I didn’t have to drive, too. The alternatives have too many negatives for me right now. =[

      Oscar’s only the second car I’ve had that I enjoyed owning, and I had the other one for ten years. =]

  4. Adlib

    My car’s name is Tito since a friend of mine named it. I talk to it all the time, mostly because it tends to break down/have problems a lot. :)

    • Tami

      Tito. I love it!

      I wonder how many people who talk to cars do so because they’ve had unstable ones in the past?

  5. Kara

    I don’t talk to cars. I don’t name cars. But I do have a couple of funny car-name stories I’ve encountered.

    I was working in a lab and they had this BIG old green Suburban for doing field work. It was dubbed “The Green Hornet” or “The Hornet”. No one that drove it talked to it, that I know of. We just referred to it by that name.

    My friend has an old (no idea what year 50-something?) Mustang that has been in his family since they moved to the US from Mexico when he was a kid. Her name is “Esperanza” which means “hope”. Because you *hope* she is going to get you where you want to go. LOL.

    • Tami

      Lol, nice! I love “The Hornet”.

      Makes me think of “The Warthog” in Halo.

  6. Michael C.

    My car’s name is Sarah Jane. My car before that was Sally. Before that, I had a truck I did not name who only stuck around for a year anyway. Prior to that was Bessie. The car I had prior to that, my first one, I sadly can’t remember the name of. :(

    Cars have personalities, and things with personalities tend to attract names, even if it’s just, “Jerk” for toaster oven that either doesn’t toast or burns everything, or “Vlad” a computer that draws blood whenever you move it anywhere due to sharp corners.

    • Tami

      *giggle* I love your name list, those are awesome! Particularly the non-car ones. I have yet to name my toaster, but now I’m tempted …

  7. Yes, all the time.

    “gooooood, girl. mama loves you.”

    • Tami

      *high five*

  8. KristenSue

    Our current car is Mimzy because the first 3 characters of our license plate are MMZ. I wish I could find a ‘The Last Mimzy’ decal. Despite having a name, we don’t talk to our car. I have named my home computer (Ram Rom the Tumputer) and talk to my home and work computers a lot.

    I know people who name their GPS machines and talk back to them.

    • Tami

      I remember Ram Rom! <3

      I’m intrigued by the number of folks who name but don’t speak to their car.

      And I wish GPS companies would get with the program and offer many different personalities for those voices. *grin* If they had picard, I’d be all “take me around the block again. Read to me. Anything. How about the phone book?”

  9. Brad-o

    Sadly, no. I talk *in* my car, emphatically, to myself. I tried talking to my car once and it died on me anyway. Animism just doesn’t work for me. ;)

    • Tami

      I don’t know that animism “works” for anyone outside of fiction. It’s just fun. *grin*

  10. My last four cars have had names. Trucklet was a Chevy S-10 (which is a small truck, natch), Owl was a green Chevy Cavalier (the color was important to the naming process, see below), Vince was a “champagne” Mazda Protege (and a lemon, but we won’t go there), and the current vehicle of choice is a green Ford Focus named Kestrel.

    Vince acquired his name because the old/new name for a Protege is a 323. A friend’s son’s birthday was March 23rd, and his name was Vince.

    My first-ever car was a Navy green (green as dark as Navy blue) 1966 Ford Falcon. Therefore, every green car I’ve owned since has been named after a bird of prey.

    And, yes, I talk to my car. Always have. And here is also a good place to admit that one of my absolute favorite places to be is behind the wheel, between places, out on the open road. Not here, not there, but nowhere at all.

    • Tami

      Oooh, love the bird of prey naming scheme. That’s awesome. And I’m amazed at how many green vehicles you’ve owned!

      I love listening to people who love to drive. There’s a zen there that I don’t personally get, but I think it’s very cool. I think everyone has that THING, but not everyone gets the opportunity to find it.

      • Green is my favorite color [g]. Although what constitutes green to the car manufacturers is a whole nother argument — the Falcon was almost black, Owl was almost teal, and Ford called Kestrel’s color “tundra green,” which to my eye is a grayed version of copper patina, and is gray to a friend of mine, who swears it isn’t green at all.

        I spent most of my childhood summers in the back seat of a car – my late father’s idea of vacation, according to my mother, was to get in the car and drive just as far as he could possibly go before he had to turn around in order to get back to work on time. So I come by my itchy feet honestly.

        And, yes, there is something very zen about being behind the wheel of a car. I don’t even listen to the radio or audiobooks most of the time. I just get most of my best thinking done, and admire the scenery.

        • My current car is sort of a limepeel zest color. It’s fantastic. <3

          LOVE the story about your dad, that's amazing.

          I get that, to a certain extent, when going for walks. I wish I had a horse again (and this time, not one that was going blind). I believe I'd feel exactly the same way behind the saddle on a familiar path with a bomb-proof horse. Just saddle up and ride. *happy sigh*

  11. Mother of Three, Anne

    New art! I especially like the art for your art section!

    • Tami

      <3 You’re the first to notice! (it’s not been up very long, either!)

      (Do please ignore the header for now. It’s Under Construction and I’m not sure how it’s going to end up. *grin*)

      • Mother of Three, Anne

        I noticed first thing this morning! While I am at it, I have always loved how the art on the sidebar changes on each page. The “smile” art is always my favorite.

        I ain’t ignoring nothin! I’ll pay attention to that art work if I want!

        • Tami

          <3 Thank you!

          I can’t believe it took me so long to find SOMETHING to do with all that old art after it’s been posted. *grin*

          And you can look at the ART, it’s just the train wreck of the background patterns I’m playing with that I’m asking you to avoid. I’m tryin’ to SAVE you.

          • Mother of Three, Anne

            Oh, thanks! Cuz of all the train wrecks in my life, THAT background pattern is the one I need saving from! Surely, it is the threat to my life and well-being. Shield my eyes!

        • *shields your eyes*

          You are SO welcome. ;)

  12. Lee

    My mother has a classic mini, she’s a rover ’99 MPI electronic fuel injection. I can not begin to explain my, almost emotional bond with it, I don’t know what it Is but I love it with all my heart and I always talk to it! All the time, it’s as if she can understand me, I’ll never forget one cold december morning when she was struggling to start up and as i went to turn the key for the last time, I leaned forwards to the steering wheel and whispered “please, I know you can do it.” and it fired straight up. I am very protective over her, I honestly don’t think i’d want any other car on my drive.

    • Tami

      Ha! Awesome! I love that kind of personal touch. <3

  13. Steph

    I LOVE YOU PEOPLE!!!! As I’m only young , I can’t hang around with our family Mitsubishi showgun sport much , I named him Sam though and I kept it a secret that I’m in love with him “literally” well u could say a secret , but the only people who know are four of my friends , my family dosent have a clue because I think that if I tell them anything about Sam they will think I’m crazy. Anyway, I always like to be around him and he always keeps me company . Although when it comes to me wanting to talk to him my nerves hold me back so I don’t talk to him much . If I do however , I feel as though he always listens and respects everything I say. I also think he watches me to . I love to be with him when my pearants are driving. He loves to be with me aswell…. I think . Yesterday he turned off like completely , his radio , my pearants (while setting it back up) thought it was like the battery had died . It hadn’t ….. Anyway , does anyone else feel the same

    • Unknown

      I don’t talk to my car but my friend does, I think it’s completely normal and none of you should be ashamed or guilty about it. Steph I think your story is really sweet.

    • Unknown

      Also don’t ever get scared about talking to Sam, just act like he’s one of those four friends you mentioned, it’ll get easier and easier, it was for my friend when she started talking to her car like it was one of her human friends. I promise it gets easier.

  14. Steph

    Awwwww that’s really sweet of you thanks, it’s also hard to talk to Sam cause my family will see me and as I said they don’t know

  15. Steph

    Awwwww that’s really sweet of you thanks, it’s also hard to talk to Sam cause my family will see me and as I said they don’t know but yea , thanks

    • Unknown

      Well pretend to get something out of him and have a quick convo or wash the car or clean him out and have one?

  16. Steph

    And I shall also say , sometimes I get worried when I think about Sam getting sold by my pearants , I wish the day to never come around but I know that someday it will and I’m really scared , and so is Sam I think……

    • Sophia

      Oh my friend doesn’t really think about that, she says she only wants to think positive things about her car and not worry about things like that

  17. Sophia

    By the way I’m Sophia, I only put it as unknown so people wouldn’t know but I’m not bothered anymore

  18. Steph

    I did do before , I remember the day like it was yesterday, anyway we were going to wash him (or I was anyway) and I was sitting in the passenger side waiting for my pearants to come outside (they have to watch me ) and I did have a convo with him , it lasted ages . I do talk in him , to myself , but I try and include him like I am taking to him personally

  19. Steph

    It’s ok

  20. Sophia

    Well it’s good that you are, it makes you feel alot better (so my friends says) :D

  21. Steph

    I’m crying now because I’m so happy , I ussually just read the comments everyone puts and this is the first time I’ve acctually talked with someone before and also love talking about Sam so yea…????????????????

  22. Sophia

    Why haven’t you commented before it does help to talk to someone who feels the same?

  23. Steph

    I love Sam so much and I think he’s the best car ever!!!!

  24. Steph

    Sorry I just was goin crazy because someone feels the same!!

  25. Sophia

    It’s ok it’s sweet

  26. Steph

    Three of my friends usually get sick of me goin on and on and on about me and Sam but the other just makes up really funny jokes.

  27. Steph

    I sort of wish that I could stay with him all day but I can’t because of school and homework. By the way , I know this may sound strange but how do u tell if your car is male or female ( I’m just hoping I don’t love a female car) I asked my friend the same question and she said check which made me laugh for ages

  28. Sophia

    I bet they don’t get sick of you, do you not like them or do you just get annoyed with them or something?

  29. Steph

    I don’t get annoyed with them ussually ( on the odd occasion yes) but I’m just glad I can talk to people about kind of like what i call the other Half of my life which hardly anyone knows about

  30. Steph

    Anyway, I shall tell u more about Sam tomorrow bye

  31. Sophia

    Ok

  32. Perry

    Wow, I know this post is old but I’m so glad there are other people that feel the same way.

    I don’t talk to my car, exactly, but to be honest, I’ve always had the weirdest sense that my computer kind of was ‘awake’, you know?

    Like it’d mess up if I treated it badly or spent too much time away from it, and it would work just fine if I treated it well.

    The other night, it sort of turned on by itself in the middle of the night. Made me wonder if it was getting a little lonely.

    Do you guys think I should give it a name too?

  33. Steph

    Hi guys , yes perry u should name ur car , it seems to have personality for u , and that it wants to be with u all the time. And yes , it feels like when u talk to ur self in the car , it seems like its listening to u , it’s the same with me

  34. Steph

    Sometimes I wonder if Sam gets lonley from time to time when I’m at school , then again he has got alot of people around him aswell as other cars , but I think that sometimes he still misses me with all the attention around him

  35. Sophia

    Why are there a lot of cars around?

  36. Steph

    We own a cattery and a grass cutting business so we have two big vans parked at the side of the house my dad has a range rover and my mum has Sam , there are also the staffs cars and customers cars

  37. Steph

    Do u live in America by any chance

  38. Steph

    It’s just I’m from England and was wondering why it says 7:34am on the side and it must be the time over in America

  39. Steph

    Sophia , ur right . I shouldn’t think about Sam in the negative way and only in the positive , by the way I hope ur friend is doing alright with her car

    • Tami

      Hello! This is Tami, the blog owner. Sounds like you two have really hit it off. Would you like me to privately email each of you your email addresses so that you can continue your discussion more privately? I would need both of you to agree that you were okay with this — I won’t share email addresses without anyone’s permission. =]

      Thanks!
      ~Tami

  40. Steph

    Hummmmm , this is the first website I have have acctually sent a comment to , I don’t mind . Sorry tami , we might have sent too many emails

  41. Steph

    Were u reading all of our emails like , I’m sorry

  42. Steph

    Were u reading all of our emails like , I’m sorry it’s just I get exited

  43. Sophia

    I don’t want to show my email sorry tami and steph I’m from England too

  44. Steph

    By the way tami , I love this blog!!!

  45. Steph

    Really!!!! Which part of England , ok then it’s fine with me I won’t then

  46. Sophia

    I live in Hartlepool where do you live?

  47. Steph

    By the way tami , how come under where the picture is supposed to go on the side it says its In the morning , I’m just wondering

  48. Steph

    YAYYYY , I live near you , in stockton

  49. Steph

    Do u know where castle Eden walkway is , well I just live down from there

  50. Steph

    It’s so cold today , I feel very sorry for Sam

  51. Sophia

    I love castle Eden lol and my friend feels the same, it’s even colder here coz we live near the sea

  52. Sophia

    I love castle Eden lol and my friend feels the same, it’s even colder here coz we live near the sea lol

  53. Steph

    I think that I’m to young to have a relationship with a car, I mean I have read many comments ( not just off this site) about people and cars and they all seem middle aged, for me it just feels as if I was born with it or something , it just feels like I’m different…..

  54. Steph

    Awwwww i feel so sorry for you , if its nice in the summer we sometimes take the dogs for a walk (as well as going in Sam) down the beach

  55. Sophia

    Cool

  56. Steph

    I hope your friend and her car is ok with it being cold and the same for you, I don’t think Sam likes the cold much , although we can’t put him in the garage because its full of grass cutting stuff for our business , u no when u go up to castle Eden and if u look down the hill and u can see this big cream house , well , that’s where I live

  57. Steph

    How old are you , I’m just asking cause I just want to know if your like me , very young , but are , different to lots of other people . And do you have a relationship with
    ur car(s)

  58. Sophia

    I’m 17 and I don’t but my friend does

  59. Steph

    I’m 13 I do but my family or friends don’t

  60. Steph

    I feel so young now for having a relationship with a car

  61. Sophia

    Its fine, my friend has loved her car since she was about 10

  62. Steph

    I’m sorry tami for this really long convosation and by the way , I went on artist sketchbook , if u drew all them , WOW!!!! They are really good!!!

  63. Steph

    Ok, I’ll just ask , if you don’t have a relationship with any car why did you come on this website . I’m not being horrible or anything , I was just wondering

  64. Steph

    How old is your friend

    • Tami

      I’m sorry girls, but I’m going to have to close comments on this thread. Previous commenters are getting their emails flooded, and blogs aren’t intended to be used as chatrooms. You can both send me an email if you change your mind about allowing me to get you in contact with each other, but I have to take the rest of my blog readers into consideration on this.

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