Car Features That Will Help With Trick-or-Treating
If you're going trick-or-treating this year with your son or daughter, our latest list is just for you. That's because we've listed some of our favorite car features that will improve your trick-or-treat experience for you and your child.
If you'll be trick-or-treating in the snow this year, you'll especially want this feature on your Halloween-mobile. Adaptive headlights swivel when you turn the wheel, which means they light up the next curve. That gives you one less thing to worry about when you're out in search of candy.
Cargo Tie-Downs/Cargo Management
How do you make sure you aren't finding loose pieces of candy in your trunk until Christmas? Simple: a cargo management system or cargo tie-downs, which are included in many modern cars. Just put your child's bag of candy in the safety of the cargo system and everything will stay perfectly in place.
Cooled Glove Box
Only a few cars have this feature -- the Kia Optima and many Volkswagen models come to mind -- but it's a nice one to have for trick-or-treaters. If your son or daughter gets some great candy, it may melt in the confines of a heated car. But throw that candy in the cooled glove box and it should retain all of its chocolaty taste when the time comes to start the Halloween feast.
Heated Rear Seats
If you think the idea of trick-or-treating in a car is blasphemy, you'll think again the second your child sits down on your car's heated rear seats. Imagine an entire Halloween without "Daddy, I'm cold!" or "Mommy, I'm freezing!" Of course, heated front seats complete the experience, as they allow you to sit in warmth as your child runs from house to house.
Yes, Halloween is supposed to be fun. As a parent, though, you still have to think about safety. Consider the night vision system offered on several high-end luxury cars, such as the BMW 7 Series and Audi A8. The system uses infrared technology and comes with built-in pedestrian sensors to project an image of what's ahead onto a screen in front of you. Best of all, it works on even the darkest of roads.
Power Sliding Doors
If you have a minivan, this is a Halloween must. When it's too cold, too far -- or too snowy -- to walk from house to house, a car is essential. But who wants to waste precious time opening and closing heavy doors when they could be gathering candy? That's where the power sliding doors come in.
If you have a Dodge Dart or a Mazda5, you'll likely appreciate this one. Say you have two kids and they're at that age where they just can't stop fighting (in other words, most ages). Rather than fight over every piece of candy, your children can hide their personal candy in the storage bin beneath their seat. Problem solved and bickering over. For now.
Wireless Hot Spot
Here's one for the tech-savvy trick-or-treaters. Sure, your children can text their friends to find out exactly who's giving out the best candy. But why text when you can set up a wireless hot spot that allows your child to talk to many friends at once over the Internet? OK, so maybe the world isn't ready for this one yet. But if you are, several automakers -- including BMW, Chrysler and General Motors -- are quickly adding this technology to their cars.
Overall, have fun and stay safe while you're trick-or-treating, whether you're using a car or just your plain old two feet!