Car Accessories For A Quiet Ride With The Kids – Are We There Yet?

  

Car Accessories and In-Car Entertainment for Kids

Once upon a time, in-car entertainment for youngsters used to mean countless games of “I spy.” Those days are now long gone, with electronic gadgets having stepped up in the battle against boredom on long car journeys.

Video games, in-car DVD systems and MP3 players offer suitable distractions for children while allowing parents that most valuable of commodities – ‘peace.’

Here we look at some of the best.

In-dash monitor

These are fitted directly into the car’s dash with the screen facing upwards for viewing. These do not necessarily give the best view to back seat passengers and they can only be controlled from the front, not ideal for the children in the back.

However when the DVD player is not in use the screen can display audio. Double din screens are highly recommended such as the Kenwood DDX-5015DAB 6.2″ Double Din Head Unit with Built-in DAB Tuner – which is jam packed full of features such as:

  • 6.2″ Touch Screen
  • Wi-Fi Ready
  • Kenwood Music Control for Android
  • CD/MP3/DVD
  • MP3/WMA/FLAC
  • Variable Colour Illumination
  • DAB+ Radio(DAB aerial required)
  • FM Radio
  • Bluetooth

Car DVD Player Kenwood DDX-5015DAB Double Din Head Unit with Built-in DAB Tuner

In-car DVD players

Undoubtedly the greatest weapon against the dreaded ‘are we there yet’ is to put on a film that will last the whole duration of your journey – or at least a significant part of it. In-car DVD players are relatively cheap to buy and are easily installed in any vehicle. They tend to be more compact than home DVD systems with only a disc tray, a set of controls, headphones and of course a screen.

Watch Movies and Play Video Games

Screens vary in size from 6 inches to 12 inches or more and the consoles are not just for watching movies but can also be used for playing video games. They come with a range of features like connectivity which allows you to connect to the internet and Bluetooth – ideal for streaming movies or downloading games. The spec and design of the DVD player you choose very much comes down to what you want to use it for.

Overhead DVD players

Similar to the above, overhead DVD players are mounted to the ceiling of the car with screens that either flip down or swivel – allowing kids in the backseat a good view. The swivel screens swing round which is useful if only passengers on one side of the car want to watch. Both these screens fit neatly away into the base when not in use.

In-car TV tuners

Struggling to pick a film for the kids to watch? Why not invest in an in-car TV tuner instead to give yourself more options. Many of these systems come combined with radio receivers so you have even more content options at your disposal. You can also invest in wireless headphones to keep everyone happy and cable-free.

In Car Entertainment Fitting Services at the following stores:

Nottingham:
542 546 Mansfield Road, Sherwood NG5 2FR
Tel: 0115 9624 986

Birmingham:
1768-1770 Pershore Road, Cotteridge, Birmingham, B30 3BH
Tel: 0121 459 3131

Ilford:
743-745 Eastern Ave, Newbury Park, London, IG2 7RT
Tel: 0208 599 2368

Leicester:
279 Aylestone Road, Leicester, LE2 7QJ
Tel: 0116 283 1358

Manchester:
Unit 3, 153 Great Ducie Street, Manchester, M3 1FB
Tel: 0161 832 4550

Tooting:
835 Garratt Lane, Tooting, London, SW17 0PG
Tel: 0208 971 9181