Written by : sshields
Published on:: 19/05/2016
Any parents out there who have seen our video “Are We There Yet” will surely relate? In our survey, 55% of parents told us that their own children were the biggest distraction whilst driving. With the Spring Bank Holiday approaching, we’ve decided to do some digging for the best in-car entertainment to keep the little ones occupied…
One of the latest innovations in mobile technology is in-car Wi-Fi. Most of the major telecom providers now provide this and it comes in a form of a little gadget you plug into your 12V outlet. Then simply pair your tablet or phone like you would with your home router and away you go. Ideal for streaming music, video or just going on Facebook. Packages can be found for as little as £8 a month (data allowances vary, pay as you go is also available).
Many households will have at least one form of tablet computer, most of them having the ability to play movies. There are a wide range of tablet mounts that fit easily to the front seat headrest so your kids can watch their favourite movies and shows hands-free. Might help a bit in preventing travel sickness as well! We will be reviewing popular tablet mounts in the near future; keep your eyes peeled.
DVDs are not an obsolete format yet! If you don’t fancy the idea of taking your tablet with you, there are a wide range of in-car DVD players available for a budget price with many dual-screen options available. They are compatible with most headphones, though this won’t prevent singing along to that song!
Of course, let’s not forget the traditional car games. We all know “I Spy,” but we’ve found some others for you to try:
- 20 Questions: 1 player thinks of an object, be it a person, animal, cartoon character and so on, and the other players have to guess what it is by asking simple yes/no questions
- Number plate games: Use the last 3 letters of a number plate to create an acronym, so, for example, SFC could mean “Scream For Chocolate.”
- Car counting: Pick a type of car or colour and the first to see 10 wins. No, a trip to The Car People won’t count!
- Name game: Player thinks of a theme, e.g., fruit, and each other player takes it in turn to name something related to that topic. If a player says the wrong thing (e.g. carrot) or can’t think of anything at all, they’re out of the game. The winner is the last one in, and the game starts over with a new theme.
Remember to make regular rest stops and pack a few goodies. Have you got your own road trip top tips? Let us know in the comments below.
By Steven Shields, Social Media Executive & Content Writer for The Car People.