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Why you should choose in-car gadgets carefully

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: October 24, 2012

By Gareth Butterfield

The hidden downside to in-car DVD players

The hidden downside to in-car DVD players

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I'VE spent a week driving a Volvo V60. What a lovely car.  It's very stylish in estate guise (the saloon is called the S60 and it's not as attractive in my opinion) and it's got been treated to some of the cleverest gadgets ever to be wrenched from Volvo's toy cupboard.

One of the options my test car came with was a pair of DVD players in the headrests, along with two sets of very good wireless headphones.

I can see why someone with a family might be tempted to splash out on this £1,000 option, but I've a feeling they might regret it.

To test it out my wife and I took some friends of ours out for a short trip into town and the blokes sat in the front, playing with the dashboard gadgets, while the girls sat in the back and watched DVDs.

At first I completely understood the point of the screens. We didn't hear a sound from the back. We could say whatever we liked about our respective partners and their comfortable and sound-proof headphones prevented them from hearing a single word of it.

It wasn't long after we got out of the car, however, that we begun to realise that the rear screens aren't perhaps such a great idea and that anyone buying them to pacify noisy kids should be warned of a slight flaw before they tick the box.

The two girls, who'd spent no more than 15 minutes watching DVDs, were crippled by nausea. In a short space of time, they'd managed to make themselves completely travel sick.

Thankfully, we'd all skipped breakfast and were still pre-lunch or there might have been a rather embarrassing situation in the bathroom aisle at our local branch of Wickes.

So fairly warned be thee, says I. Before you start to see headrest screens as the answer to your prayers, and splash out hundreds of pounds on this extremely effective gadget, make sure you spend a few quid more and opt for a set of sick bags. 

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