“Over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house we go” may have been the way they used to travel, but we all know that caused Grandma to get run over by a reindeer. With all the new tech available, that little incident would have been caught on dash cam, putting away the reindeer for vehicular manslaughter. No matter what the age of your car (or sleigh) is, the Consumer Electronics Association has some great tips to Connect Your Car.
With the average age of a car in the US on the road being 11 years old, there is a good chance those cars aren’t up to date with the latest tech gadgets. This holiday season as you set off on the road to drive to see family or friends there are three car tech safety features that can easily be added on to most auto models regardless of year of manufacture.
With 14 states having a hands-free law in place regarding cell phone use in cars, bluetooth is becoming a much talked about piece of add on car tech. In most cars the easiest way to do this upgrade is to replace the radio with a model that includes Bluetooth technology. There is also another option which adds a bluetooth option that connects and plays through your existing radio. Bluetooth laws are poised to pass in additional states as well so this is a great update to put on the pre-holiday to do list.
Ever been in a he said-she said accident? These cameras (which don’t always mount on the dash) face ahead of the vehicle capturing what happens in front of you. Don’t let your insurance go up for something that isn’t your fault. In some models these cameras can even come on if a parked vehicle is hit capturing the information of a parking lot hit and run. Something to think about before you go to a crowded mall parking lot! Think it won’t come in handy? Did you see the Youtube video where the Uber driver was able to capture a passenger assaulting him by flipping around his dash cam? Better safe than sorry!
Back Up Camera
Whether you are about to be buried in 4 feet of snow or you live in a place where it never snows a backup camera can be a great asset when you are navigated crowded parking lots, maneuvering around snowbanks that won’t melt till April, or watching out for visiting kiddos running around your yard. This piece of car tech allows you to see obstacles that aren’t always visible in a rearview mirror.
A backup camera requires a video monitor so in most instances this upgrade will require replacing your radio with one that has a video display. Audible sensors can also be added separately.
What would you add into your car for tech to make your holiday travel easier?