Road trips are typically long. Usually several days are spent on the road. Maybe you aren’t planning a full on road trip in your BMW 3 Series near Chadds Ford, but the odds are you have at least a little ways to drive for Thanksgiving. Last year, AAA estimated that around 32 millions Americans traveled by car at least 50 miles from their home. This means you, your spouse and all of you wonderful children stuck in the car for however long it takes to get to grandma’s. That’s why your friends at Otto’s BMW have put together some great tools you can use on your next trip.
First thing you will want is a navigation system and a trip computer. Navigation systems make even the most confusing roads child’s play. Most of the newest systems offer real-time traffic reporting. And if your sister-in-law insists on a tchotchke detour there are voice-guided directions that route you back to main roads. Some even keep track of gas mileage, miles to go until your tank is empty, and more. The days of the road atlas are numbered.
The second thing that you will want is music flexibility. That CD jacket you have hanging on your sun-visor may hold a dozen albums, but that means that you will have exhausted your tunes once you have crossed the first three states. If you switch to those CD booklets that weigh ten pounds, you put other drivers at risk while you thumb through them at highway speeds. Have not fear, the advanced stereo system is here! The vast majority have auxiliary hookups for MP3 players. Some even go a step further and allow you to see you iPod’s playlists and choose your track with the stereo controls. If that isn’t enough, satellite radio broadcasts commercial-free music. Plus, onboard hard drives can rip and store songs from CDs.