If driving to your vacation destination usually results in complaints of boredom from your children, anticipating this year's getaway plans may be concerning. When your youngsters vocalize their discontent, they could be distracting you from safely driving down an unfamiliar road or through a busy downtown area. One way to keep everyone at ease and to minimize disruptions is by having a vehicle entertainment system installed.
Back, Front, Or Overhead
There are entertainment systems that consist of dual monitors, which can each be attached to the back of a headrest, video receivers that need to be mounted along the front of a dashboard, and overhead models that are secured to dome lighting or factory brackets. The type of system that you invest in should be dependent upon the desired usage of the equipment, including who will have access to turn the volume up and down and who will be able to enjoy a movie or a game from the confines of the vehicle.
Some car entertainment systems are hard-wired and rely upon automotive cables for powering purposes. There are models that have a DVD player mounted into the base of the monitor, eliminating the need for cables. A receiver with dual or multi-zoned features will make it possible for each of your children to view a different movie or show and for you and the passenger who is sitting beside you to listen to a radio station.
With a multi-zoned entertainment system, headphones will be needed during each viewing session. Some systems even include corded or cordless headphones, making an entertainment upgrade cut and dry and usable, immediately upon installation.
The Obeyance Of Laws And Your Rules
Before your family vacation, purchase a vehicle entertainment system and have it professionally installed. Video cables and wires will be concealed under upholstery so that the visual appearance of your car's interior remains intact and to prevent curiosity from your children, which could result in electrical components being tugged on and possibly disconnected. If you opted for a system that contains a dashboard receiver, be aware that most jurisdictions have a law against playing video footage while a vehicle is in motion.
However, you can take the time to enjoy a show or a movie, whenever you are going to be sitting in your parked vehicle for a while. Tell your children what you expect from them during the roadtrip. Watching a movie or a show while remaining quiet, agreeing on one video or program that both children will be watching or allowing each kid to pick from a selection of videos, shows, or movies and then having them remain in their personal space should be addressed during your overview of your 'in car' rules.