Boredom be gone: Gadgets make driving fun

The travel portion of any road trip was often something to dread. Children chanting the incessant "are we there yet?" could push adults to the brink of insanity. Luckily, today's road trippers have a number of devices at their disposal to help keep people, including the kids, entertained.

It used to be that AM or FM radio was the standard choice when driving. While it's true that some road trippers packed enough CDs to rotate, most relied on the radio. But as anyone who has driven over 100 miles from home knows, stations change and static prevails on many numbers on the dial. Satellite radio is one option for a constant flow of music. Others prefer to load up the Mp3 player or IPod with a long catalog of songs.

Many family cars have an optional onboard DVD player, but they tend to be expensive. DVD units with headrest screens are available at many big box retailers for a fraction of the cost and just as much convenience. Audio can be transmitted to the car's speakers or headsets.

Digital games in handheld devices can ease the boredom of long car trips. Having a game on hand passes time and can stimulate the brain.




For those who want to enjoy a little relaxation along the way, seat massagers that plug into a DC power outlet in the car or even through a USB port can offer a soothing massage on the go.

A mobile WiFi account enables everyone in the car to go online while on the road. This can be useful if the GPS breaks down.

The conveniences of modern technology take the work and boredom out of long road trips and can turn a driving vacation into something fun. As a safety precaution, the majority of these gadgets should never be operated by the driver while the vehicle is in motion.

-Metro Creative Connection

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