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Smartphone integration in new vehicles has graduated from Bluetooth’s calling and media streaming to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto ’s immersive platforms. These solutions integrate a phone seamlessly into a vehicle’s infotainment system. Drivers and passengers can send and receive texts via voice command, listen to music and podcasts, follow turn-by-turn directions, or interact with a host of applications through the onboard display.

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New vehicles boast a range of device charging options including DC, AC, USB and wireless. DC, the oldest electrical current, is still used by some radar detectors and car accessories but requires a 12-volt adapter and cable to power most smartphones. AC plugs are the same as a household wall outlet and are commonly used to charge laptops or car camping gadgets.

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When you first get inside the vehicle you’re interested in, familiarize yourself with your surroundings and controls. You may have to turn on the car to activate all of the screens and controls. Where are the audio controls? Where are the climate controls? Can you reach them easily or are they hidden in a menu? Poke around the menu system and play with the various non-driving controls.

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The cost of owning a cellphone has remained the same for 12 years, despite wireless companies lowering their rates. Source by: Stringr

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Headphones can also help cut out distractions, and there are plenty of kids’ headphones on the market for under $15. If you're willing to spend a few dollars more for wireless headphones, that can help reduce the temptation to fidget with the wires.

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No matter what you’re listening to, it’ll sound a lot better coming out of Baby Yoda — we mean The Child. You don’t have to be a fan of “The Mandalorian” to appreciate this 2-inch-tall speaker; its petite size makes it extra portable.

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