These days it seems that we can find entertainment everywhere, including when we are on the move. An increasing number of companies are producing applications that you can use for keeping the family happy with in-car entertainment. Some of the newest apps are automatically added to the latest computer navigation system for cars.
Radios and CD players are installed in virtually every car manufactured in the last twenty five years, so families are used to having audio entertainment of one kind or another while they are on the go. Kids can play on their iPads or other tablets and use certain applications on an apple or android phone, but the thirst for even more on-the-move entertainment is growing all the time.
Some companies, for example the makers of Parrot Asteroid Smart, produce navigation systems that also house a variety of other applications which are suitable for in-car entertainment. Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp applications can be downloaded on the navigation system. In-car internet connection via a 3G, 4G or WiFi hotspot means that your navigation will be up-to-date as well as allowing the family to watch streaming media while you’re travelling.
Are Concerns Justified
Researchers and road safety experts are already expressing concerns about the availability of entertainments that are suitable for use when you’re travelling in a car. Even though the driver may not be watching the latest film on someone’s portable DVD player or sending Facebook messages on their iPhone or via an application on their navigation system, drivers can still become distracted.
It is debated that too much noise in a car, whether that’s from the radio, CD player or DVD can all too easily distract a driver’s attention. However, as yet, there are not the same concerns over in-car entertainment as with the use of a mobile phone, which is now an offence for drivers, although some experts are still concerned.
The question has to be asked as to whether concerns over in-car entertainment are really justified simply because audio entertainment has been around for so many years. Rather than distracting the driver, studies tend to suggest that in-car audio entertainment can act as a safety valve because they tend to keep tired drivers awake and alert, and therefore fit to drive.
Entertainment and Safe Driving
Most drivers are far too sensible to engage in any in-car entertainment, other than audio programmes, along with the rest of the family because they are too safety conscious. There have always been distracting noises in family cars, just as there are on public transport. How does a bus driver with dozens of schoolchildren cope if noise is such a significant factor, for instance? Generally speaking, family in-car entertainment often means that young passengers will not distract the driver because they are too busy enjoying themselves on the drive.
Most kids will not constantly question the driver about when they’ll reach their destination, because they are too busy concentrating on a game or watching a good film to worry about it. Keeping the family entertained on a long drive should be regarded as a positive thing if it allows the driver to get on with the business of driving, rather than constantly answering questions about location. Children who have something to keep them entertained on a long drive are far less likely to whine, question or squabble because they’re happy with what they are doing.