Great Gadgets for Those Long Roadtrips

travel gadgetsToday’s driver is living in a very exciting time. There are some great gadgets for your car that make any ride a lot more fun. Whether you are just going to the corner store for some milk, or taking that road trip with family and friends. You’ve got technology to make everything easily at your fingertips. Whether you need something in an emergency, to get something to make your ride more comfortable or to keep the kids busy while you drive the miles away getting to Grandma’s house. Here is some of the tech we know you simply aren’t ever going to want to leave behind in the driveway!

GPS – also known as global positioning system, this used to be optional in cars but now you’ll find it in just about every vehicle that comes out of any factory around the world. Not only can it tell you where you are, but it also can tell other people where you and your car is. So if your car gets stolen, the authorities can turn it on to help find your car. One challenge with GPS is that although it gives directions, not every single time is it 100% correct. So you will want to keep a set of up-to-date maps in your car to also refer to, for those every once in awhile times when the GPS is not quite on target and you’ve got to get somewhere.

Cellphone. Now please do not text and drive, this is not only highly unrecommended but also against the law in many USA states. In a lot of states you can use hands free technology to talk on your cellphone, if there is a call that you must make or return. There is even software that will convert what you say into a text, so you can easily send someone a text by speaking into your hands free cellphone. Do remember that your top priority is driving and the safety of everyone in your car and on the road. Most calls we consider making can wait until you reach where you are driving to.

A lot of parents were thrilled to discover that SUVs and larger vehicles have now been created with small TVs on the backs of the front seats, so the back seat passengers can watch them. Why, you’ll even see this in many taxicabs in the larger cities in the USA that you visit. Do keep the volume of the TV on low and always choose a fun, entertaining but somewhat soothing and relaxing TV show for your kids. Having a TV is especially ideal if you have a long car ride that may take a few hours and you want to be certain they will be busy the entire time.

Radio & Music. Today’s car driver has quite sophisticated choices when it comes to radio & music for their car. No longer is it just AM or FM radio. Yes, you do have these options. But there is also SIRIUS, which is a paid subscription service that has lots of talk shows as well as music. There are other great subscription services that you can select. A lot of people choose to tune in to a specific show during their commute to and from work. Especially if your commute takes half an hour or an hour, this type of listening entertainment is just perfect while you drive.

Auto assistance. This is something that most would obtain from their cellphones, but now you often have technology right in your car, such as OnStar that can help you with a lot of minor car problems and also will contact help if you need more major car or medical help. This is fantastic, if you’ve locked the keys in the car because OnStar can unlock the car for you. It’s quite helpful!

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