So, with Grandma in the hospital, all things car-like have been put on hold... as a stop-gap, I have been given loan of said Grandma's car.
It is amazing that this thing is street legal. It is an early to mid-nineties Chevrolet Cavalier... it seems that it was so named because those who chose to drive these things took a cavalier attitude toward their own health, safety, and well-being, but my Grandma's is soooo much worse!
For starters, there is simply no right hand mirror... which is not usually a big deal in an automobile, my old 74 Chevrolet Impala had no mirror on the right hand side, but it was also 19 feet long and about as friendly looking as a Panzer... people, cars, and sometimes buildings simply got out of the way when you drove, a knowledge of certain doom struck deep into their beings at the sight of this leviathan of motorway bearing down upon them. This car has no such quality and intensity of design... at best people get out of the way when you approach because they fear the the car may implode at any moment and they do not want to be either struck by debris, or sucked head-long into a dimension of total chaos as the car shatters the fabric of reality.
The lack of a right had mirror in a normal car may be mitigated by the judicious use of a rare kung-fu driving technique called "glancing over your shoulder", but this is roughly impossible in Grandma's motorized coffin given that, at some point in the car's ignoble past, some foolish person with an incomplete knowledge of car detailing, used a cheap window tinting film without first wiping down the inside of the window with isopropyl alcohol or other suitable quick-drying, non-residue cleaner; therefore, there is a layer of dust between the film and the window, and there are copious bubbles and uneven patches... it is a bit like looking for the USS Reliant through the Mutara Nebula each time you dare use the rear-view.
Grandma seems to use a "don't steal my car because it is worth nothing" technique of security, never locking her doors because she no longer has a door key. Similarly, there is no way of knowing what may be in her trunk, as it only opens with the missing key, there is no control lever in the cabin.