Having an in-dash navigation system installed in your vehicle can improve your driving experience in two ways. Primarily, these navigation systems help guide you to millions of North American destinations, finding the most efficient route and helping you avoid traffic. They also double as your in-car entertainment hub, connecting with your smartphone or other media devices so you can listen to music while you drive or play a movie for your little ones to watch during a road trip. The best GPS navigation system for your needs and budget will have the right combination of accessories, ports and customizable features.
All of the in-dash navigation systems we’ve featured here can guide you to your destination efficiently and keep you and your passengers entertained during the journey. Many of them can even integrate with your smartphone for further hands-free functionality. Depending on your specific needs, you can easily spend multiple thousands of dollars on an in-dash system, but there are many units – like most of those we reviewed – that are under $500 and still include premium features.
Despite being developed in the early 1990s, the first hands-free Bluetooth car kit didn’t hit the market until 2001. Even then, the technology didn’t become a staple feature in car stereos until the late 2000s and early 2010s.
Distracted drivers kill nine people and leave 1,060 others injured every day in the United States. The main offenders are people who can’t resist the lure of their phones. Distracted driving is so dangerous that many states have adopted laws against using your cell phone while driving without a hands-free device.
However, many professionals spend a significant amount of time both on the road and on the phone for work, and ignoring calls and messages while driving is impractical. Bluetooth car kits allow you to stay connected to your smartphone without taking your eyes off the road or your hands off the wheel.
Bluetooth car kits don’t replicate the car audio experience. Your car probably has at least two speakers that are at minimum around 5.25 inches in diameter, though most cars have four speakers that range in sizes between 4 inches and 6 x 9 inches. On the other hand, visor kits usually only have one speaker that’s 1 inch in diameter, so you should only purchase one if you’re sole concern is hands-free calling. That said, some feature an FM transmitter, so you can stream audio to the Bluetooth kit, and it will convert the sound into an FM signal you can pick up on your car’s radio.
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Since the first Formula Mini Se7en race at Brands Hatch in 1966, the Mini 7 Racing Club has always a favourite for race commentators and spectators a like.
The race cars offer excellent performance for money, challenging many of today’s more modern car formulas on overall pace. The Mini 7’s and Miglias are guaranteed to give you a large amount of overtaking, due to equally matched machinery but mainly to the rather un-aerodynamic body that always gives the car behind a straight line advantage.
Off the track, the Club has a very friendly atmosphere with willingness to help new members become acquainted with the “tricks of the trade” and where to get the best advice. Most drivers and supporters do stay at the circuit at the weekend races giving an ideal opportunity to discuss the racing. The cars are ideal for the engineering enthusiast as although the rules do strictly stipulate what can be modified on the car, they are specified so that development of the car can be achieved within a tight budget.
If you are interested in starting racing, the best advice is to come to a race and chat, then buy yourself an already built car as this is by far the most economic route.
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