In the car, children usually get bored - especially during the long hours of holiday trips. However, there are solutions that may help you to tame even the most unruly kids: TV, DVD and games.
Are you afraid that during the holiday trip the passengers of the rear row of seats will make a lot of noise and will tear the car apart? You can prepare for it. The magic thing that can hypnotize children for a very long time is... the screen.
Where to put it?
The case of placing the screen in the rear of the vehicle can be solved in several ways. The simplest way would be to hold your monitor or tablet in hands. But this solution is dangerous both for the child and for the device. If you brake suddenly, the screen may fell out of hands or it may hit the child in the face.
The second solution is to attach the screen to the headrests, using a special bracket or belt. Such solution allows you to mount even the screens that weren’t originally designed for car use. So you can buy a cheap tablet and a handle, and attach this self-made set to the headrest. There’re also ready-made sets designed specifically for the car. Mounting the screen on the tracks between the headrest and seat will be the most stable solution.
The third solution is a headrest, which has a DVD player already installed in it. Such headrest must be installed in the place of the standard one. There are sets consisting of two headrests, thanks to which two passengers may enjoy the image from one player.
What to focus on?
If case of buying a portable DVD player, it’s worth to pay attention to technical parameters. First of all, it’s important what CDs are accepted by the player. Ideally, if apart from the DVD, also VCD, CD, CD-R, CD-RW, Xvid, MPEG and DivX formats were available. The best players are able to cope even with Blu-ray discs.
The second, no less important issue is the power source. Car player should be powered by 12V from cigarette lighter socket in the car. If not, the device will have to be charged at home, which should be enough for about three hours of journey.
A somewhat less important issue is the size and resolution of the screen. Of course, the bigger the screen (the default is now 7-9 inches), the less it tires the eyes, and it’s very important, when we take into account the health of our kids. When it comes to the resolution, the thing looks similarly – screens with higher resolution are less tiring for the eyes. So if you have the choice of buying a monitor with resolution of 480x234 or 800x480 pixels, it would be much better to opt for the second model.
Besides, it’s better to choose models that have USB ports and headphone jacks. Anyway, the more inputs, the better.
Maybe games or TV?
Some DVD players go already with games and are offered along with pads that allow you to control the characters. If the player doesn’t have such option, you can easily purchase a mini-console suitable for cars.
Those, who would like to have a TV in the car, can opt for a DVB-T tuner, which allows you to watch programs in MPG4 standard. The tuner set usually includes an antenna and outputs to connect two monitors. There’re also DVD players with tuner.
The cheapest car tuners and DVD players are available at prices oscillating around 300-400 PLN (Approx. 75-100 EUR). And quite often you can buy a decent equipment in this price range.