mobile icon
mobile banner
FREE SHIPPING ON ORDERS OVER $99*Lower 48 Only
You are only $99 away!
0
Cart Total: $0 - $49.99* Lower 48 Shipping: $8.95 *Does not include oversized items.
Cart Total: $50.00 - $99.00* Lower 48 Shipping: $6.50 *Does not include oversized items.
Cart Total: $99+* Lower 48 Shipping: FREE *Does not include oversized items.

Inattentional Vehicular Blindness (IVB): Do you have it?

So, I was sitting in my bug at a traffic light, listening to some Yacht or some other insanely cool music that I routinely  listen too and I heard a horn honking. I looked around, and didn’t see anybody. When I turned forward I saw a pretty sweet red and white bay window bus go through the  intersection. I thought it was my friend Sean, but I wasn’t quite sure because I heard that stupid horn again. I looked around….nothin.

The light turned green and I took off. I saw a real nice looking slammed GTI, and a really clean Eurovan within like 2 blocks of each other!

I got to Chirco and my phone started buzzing. Cool! It’s my Mom! The call went like this:

 

That story brings us to the point of this blog post. Is it wrong to not notice other vehicles if they aren’t VWs? Clearly I am of the opinion that though I see these other cars, they’re just kinda look like boxes with wheels, or more like Wonder Woman’s plane which wasn’t really invisible so much as just a vague semi clear shape with a truth rope wielding amazon chick wearing boots in it….right?

It’s not that other cars aren’t cool. They definitely are, I love cars, but for some reason when I’m driving I get Dub-goggles. I don’t play “Slug Bug” (no fun punching your own shoulder I found out.) and I’m not anti any brands really so maybe my Mom’s question was valid. What in the world is wrong with me?

vw parts

My last eye test chart.

chirco vw parts

What traffic looks like to me.

vw parts

How the grocery store lot looks to me.

 

Naturally I did a little research and I have come to the conclusion that I have a rare form of Inattentional blindness.
According to Wikipedia, Inattentional blindness, also known as perceptual blindness, is a psychological lack of attention and is not associated with any vision defects or deficits. It may be further defined as the event in which an individual fails to recognize an unexpected stimulus that is in plain sight.

Sounds about right to me. I’d change it to:
Inattentional Vehicular Blindness (IVB), also known as non- perceptual of cars not like mine blindness. It is a psychological lack of attention and is not associated with any vision defects or deficits. It may be further defined as the event in which an individual fails to recognize an uninteresting vehicle because on some level it fails to stimulate even if it is in plain sight. Note: Parents of individuals that suffer from this condition may refer to them as “Knucklebutts”. ????

vw parts

 

Now I understand a bit more about what is going on with me so I feel pretty good right? Well….something happened. I bought a Hyundai Santa Fe. Stop laughing. Anyway…all of a sudden I saw VWs and Santa Fe’s for like 2 weeks!! I was baffled. The “Santa Fe Effect” wore off but it occurred to me that perhaps IVB is more common than folks realize. Maybe it’s a cultural thing. Maybe I’m not alone here. Do people who buy Camry’s have this? I mean I suppose I could ask a Camry owner, but if they have IVB they won’t see me so I’m right back here…cursed with Paralysis of Analysis.If I think about it though, I could have much worse conditions. I could like Taylor Swift for example. I could be addicted to crab apples, or camo print sleeveless hunting vests right??

Now…I don’t know where you stand on this very important and highly controversial issue, but chances are you wouldn’t be reading this article if you didn’t own a VW and didn’t agree with me….knucklebutt.

????

-tc

Chirco Reviews

Mike Baldwin
Mike Baldwin
19:22 21 Jun 19
Front end rebuild, windshield replacement was a good experience with one of the best shops I’ve been to. Safety issues were found and resolved on my 1954 VW. John, you’re the best!
Mary & Terry Toth
Mary & Terry Toth
17:21 25 May 19
Very good people to work with they really know there stuff I recommend highly Terry & Mary
George Russell
George Russell
17:30 23 May 19
Regardless of whatever else I've had for cars I've always had at least one VW. Reliable and easy to work on. Chirco is without question the best place around Tucson to get quality VW parts and service.
joe gardner
joe gardner
19:38 07 May 19
i live in hawaii and its hard to get parts. the guys at chirco has made my experience much easier.. thank you guys.
Kurt van opstal
Kurt van opstal
02:57 01 May 19
I buy some times parts from. Them. For. My company fun buggy, Punta cana, Dominican Republic. Making tours with beach buggy's. I like there good service and quick shipping
Jeremy Mate
Jeremy Mate
20:13 07 Apr 19
I love chirco Automotive, great people, great shop and awesome showroom!!
Jason
Jason
23:37 27 Mar 19
Awesome people!!! And they have had everything I've needed so far
Doninik L
Doninik L
05:01 17 Mar 19
Best place in Tucson to get you vw fix. They are knolagable and can help you out with just about anything you need
Britten Rosenberg
Britten Rosenberg
00:32 10 Mar 19
Being a VW onwer and live very close buy I have been there a lot. Staff is very knowledgeable and are very friendly. Joe the owner is a good guy and will help you get what you need.
Robert Barracco
Robert Barracco
04:07 03 Mar 19
Nice people Quick Service had what I needed very good experience
Tim Miller
Tim Miller
20:33 10 Feb 19
Great service, very helpful staff. Great prices.
Randy Best
Randy Best
00:26 16 Jan 19
Old aircooled dub paradise. I restore old VWs and this place always has what I need.
Adam Kowalczyk
Adam Kowalczyk
20:41 08 Jan 19
Plenty of V W dune buggy parts, and lots of knowledge.
Peter Sollenbarger
Peter Sollenbarger
02:35 08 Dec 18
Joe Chirco is a great guy with a great team to help him out. they are very knowledgeable about all VW and more.
Keith Rae
Keith Rae
19:02 18 Oct 18
Awesome place. Great staff. Usually have what you need
flag

Sign Up for the Chirco Newsletter

flag