Every year, approximately 53% of traveling families embark on a road trip, according to data released by Travel Agent Central. The ever-increasing popularity of road trips is not surprising considering that they are often perceived to be nostalgic, romantic and even liberating. While taking to the road in search of adventure is undoubtedly exhilarating, spending long periods of time in a car can become tedious. Thankfully, tech-rich vehicles and a range of high-tech gadgets can not only render a road trip more enjoyable; they can make it safer as well.
HUDs enhance driving pleasure
Automotive heads-up displays (HUDs) are becoming increasingly popular among tech-savvy drivers, and can take your road trip to the next level. Although many later-model vehicles come equipped with HUDs, it is possible to purchase an aftermarket model to use in your vehicle. These gadgets, which were originally developed for aircraft, can project anything from speed and temperature to a GPS map onto a film on the windshield. The first of its kind, the HUDWAY Cast, has the ability to turn any smartphone into a HUD for your car by projecting the GPS map onto a screen in front of you. The Cast is supported by both iOS and Android devices, and also allows the driver to read text, control music, and even make calls.
Don’t buy a gadget: buy a car
If you are in the market for a new car prior to your road trip, you may want to opt for one that already sports some of the technologies you are after. Expert analysis of new models shows that the latest offerings from manufacturers such as Honda, Toyota, Subaru and Audi boast entertainment and safety features that will turn any road trip into an adventure. You can’t go wrong with a vehicle that, apart from being comfortable and aesthetically pleasing, also offers an in-car PA system, a virtual cockpit, predictive active suspension, and pedestrian detection, as well as both CAEB (city automatic emergency braking) and HAEB (high-speed automatic emergency braking). Whether you are looking for a minivan, SUV or sedan, it is always a good idea to conduct in-depth research and seek out both peer and expert reviews prior to parting with any money.
Air purifiers make road trips increasingly healthy
While many modern-day vehicle models come with factory-fitted air purifiers, there are many road trip-worthy cars that don’t. If you are concerned about the air quality inside your car, consider investing in a compact car air purifier that will not only clean the air but remove pesky odors as well. The Phillips GoPure Compact 200 with its sleek design is easy to install, and uses a three-layer filtration system to eliminate as much as 99% of harmful gases and bacteria from inside the car. The Honeywell Move Pure2 Car Air Purifier is another popular model, and sports a digital air quality indicator and high-grade HEPA filter.
Road trips continue to be very popular among vacationers from across the world. By investing in a few high-tech gadgets for your vehicle, your next road trip is bound to be more enjoyable than any you have ever had.