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The age-old phrase of "are we there yet?" can turn a pleasant car ride into the most grueling experience. Kids often get bored in a car, and without distraction an hour on the road can easily feel like an eternity. Before the age of Nintendo and portable DVD players, a case of car boredom was generally cured by games like "Punch buggy". But let's face it, there aren't many Volkswagen Beetles on the road anymore and boredom can come back to bite.
Thankfully there are now other ways to keep kids occupied in the car. Electronic games and gadgets have redefined on-road entertainment. From handheld gaming consoles to in-car entertainment systems, you might not have to worry again about keeping your children satisfied on long family road trips or in traffic jams. With so many options to choose from, kids might even be counting down the days to the next family road trip.
In-built car entertainment systems are more commonly found as features in luxury car brands but they are not exclusive to vehicles in this price range. In-car audio visual systems can be bought and installed into your existing car; giving you the option of deciding which entertainment system best suits the needs of your kids. However, if you're not looking to make fixed changes to your car, then bringing touch pads and portable gaming consoles - such as an Apple iPad, Android Tablet, or a PS Vita - on a road trip is a great alternative for keeping the kids entertained.
Since the release of the first factory-installed DVD systems in 2002i, the in-car DVD player has become a time tested pioneer of audio-visual on-road entertainment. However, it is important to note that while a great diversion for the passengers, in-car entertainment systems can be a source of distraction for the driverii. In order to prevent drivers from diverting their attention from the road, it is safest to have the DVD player installed behind the front seats - either in the back of the front-seat headrests or attached to the car's roof.
Investing in a built-in entertainment system is a great way to solve the problem of boredom on the road. Installing a quality car alarm may be a wise option if you currently own or have decided to purchase an in-car entertainment system. And making sure your vehicle is adequately insured will secure your investment in the event of an accident, theft or damage to your car. Get a car insurance quote from Allianz today.
i Kim, N., 2011, DVD Systems, Cars.com, http://www.cars.com/go/advice/Story.jsp?section=gdgt&subject=dvd&story=dvd&referer=advice
ii Australian Government Department of Infrastructure and Transport, 2010, In-car distractions and their impact on driving activities, Road Safety Grant Report 2010, http://www.infrastructure.gov.au/roads/safety/publications/2010/pdf/rsgr_2010001.pdf, p.3