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Do you agree with TV's installed from the ceilings in cars?

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
The whole tv's in the car thing bothers me. Even if the driver can't see it, I see it and am distracted by it. I have seen a few where the monitor is installed where the driver can see it. I know some people like these because it keeps their kids pacified.

What ever happened to kids with good manners who you could travel with in the car? I saw in the parking lot at the grocery store the other day this kid throwing a fit because the dvd player for their in-car tv was broken! That is just unacceptable in my opinion! When I was a kid I got to sit down and shut up and I knew if I wanted to be entertained I would bring a book or a toy...

How do you feel about tv's in cars?
post #2 of 16
it depends on where the tv is. if it is behind the driver it's ok, like in some mini vans, but if they are in the driver's line of sight it's not needed. They do it all the time MTV's Pimp My Ride. I wish we would have had a tv in our wagan growing up. We would drive from Erie to SC every year from ages 3-10. It was alot of fun but we fought alot!!
post #3 of 16
I think the tvs are okay if you have a van and it is in the back for the kids....


as for a tv installed in the dash.... that's stupid.
post #4 of 16
Thread Starter 
I would agree to them if they were out of other drivers' line of vision, like if the kid was holding a laptop and watching it like that or something.

I think they are dangerous hanging from the ceiling no matter where they are because as another driver I feel I want to look and see what they're watching and I just find it so distracting.

Yipes I haven't watched MTV since I was 15 and all I watched was The Real World : )
post #5 of 16
First cell phones, now TV's. I've almost been hit 3 times by someone on a cell phone but fortunately I was able to take measures to avoid the accident.

I'm very much against it personally. If you want to watch TV - stay home, if you want to see a movie, rent it and watch it at home or go to the theatre.

With insurance rates going up and accidents rising on our freeways, we surely don't need another distraction for drivers. Even if they can't see it they can hear it and it is distracting.
post #6 of 16
Why does anyone "need" a tv in the car? I'm ok with the radio/CD player, but how many more "distracting" appliances does one need (i.e. cell phone, DVD players, hand-held video games, etc.)? It's like no one can leave home without these things.

I remember the good old days when traveling meant staring out the window from boredom or playing roadtrip games.
post #7 of 16
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Originally Posted by PrissyKitty
The whole tv's in the car thing bothers me. Even if the driver can't see it, I see it and am distracted by it. I have seen a few where the monitor is installed where the driver can see it. I know some people like these because it keeps their kids pacified.

What ever happened to kids with good manners who you could travel with in the car? I saw in the parking lot at the grocery store the other day this kid throwing a fit because the dvd player for their in-car tv was broken! That is just unacceptable in my opinion! When I was a kid I got to sit down and shut up and I knew if I wanted to be entertained I would bring a book or a toy...

How do you feel about tv's in cars?
I agree. What ever happened to reading a book. Or playing a game.
TV and video's raise, today's, children. Very sad.
Speaking of kids, anyone ever watch Nanny 911? Holy Moley.
post #8 of 16
I've got mixed feelings, I think. On one hand, it would have been nice on the long trips we took that were days long in the car. Usually we just slept in the car which meant we were WIRED once we got to the hotel. On the other hand...like kids need more time in front of a screen. Whatever happened to TALKING to your kids? When we weren't sleeping, I remember playing games - Auto-Bingo, State License Plates (trying to find all 50 states), and others, as well as just telling silly stories and, well, talking as a family. Is communication such a lost art that families can't even do this IN TOWN?

Then there's also the distraction factor, and not just for the driver but for the other cars on the road. How many of you have seen kids watching something in the back seat and tried to figure out what it was? I know I have. And then there's the law that was passed in Tennessee (I think) because some people were watching porn on one of those things and a small child saw it through their windows (Can you imagine the parent's reaction??). People really are stupid.

I guess it wasn't really as mixed as I thought!
post #9 of 16
Why do you need to watch porn while driving is what I want to know?
Even the practical applications of doing so boggles my mind

post #10 of 16
I know on a standered install of the in dash video units, the player won't play while the car is driving. However, I have heard there are ways of bypassing it. But for myself, I would use it as a navigational aide, nothing more. But watching movies in the front seat is stupid.

For the rear I'm mixed but I remember travelling across the country and looking at nothing (Kansas for example). But at the same time there should be some sort of interaction. But those long 3-4 day trips... its quite boring. But in town driving... I would be against it. I would disconnect it if I had that.
post #11 of 16
Oops! I didn't read the question and answers closely enough. I voted NO when I meant to vote YES.
post #12 of 16
It's weird, I *just* witnessed an accident this afternoon, just like 3 hours ago. The driver was just briefly distracted she said, I mean we all forget how easy it is to get into an accident. How much luck plays into our not getting into one each day.

Well I suppose TV in the back wouldn't cause that. I think in the front is a bit much. My gosh isn't the radio enough? Or CD/tapes? What are we here? LIke maniacs who can't be calm for a moment?

I feel bad saying this, if you have kids you can yell at me, but I swear I feel like some of the kids today that I meet are so spoiled. I mean my parents didn't have to entertain us to bribe us to shut up on the road. We just did what we did. One of my friends kids are just so demanding, they let him hit baseballs in the backyard, over fences into neighbors just so not to argue iwth him. And this kid always balks at his parents decisions. Like we had to "drag" him to see the Incredible. I mean you would think we were taking him to the dentist but he wanted to stay hom with his friends and play video stuff.
post #13 of 16
I dont know if this has anything to do with TVs in normal vehicles, but when we take road trips in college band, we had charter busses and they have a tv every 8 seats or so on each side as well as one in the middle on the front. we watch movies constantly. When every weekend you are taking trips ranging from 11 hours to 23 hours you need to do something besides sleep and study. In that case I see no problem with it at all. I guess with the windows so dark and the bus so tall you cant really see them anyway.


In the back of cars I know that some of them come with the option for the people watching it to wear headphones if not everyone wants to hear the movie. I have been driving on the interstate and I will try to figure out what movie they are watching, so yes, I do think it is distracting for other drivers, esp if they are already talking on their cell phone to start with. It is not like you can say that you just wont look because the movement will catch your eyes much the same way a car coming out of nowhere does. I think there are pros and cons to most of todays technology, but I havent been to the point of making one choice over another so I dont know how I feel yet.
post #14 of 16
I don't necessarily think it's dangerous, I just think it's ridiculous - if you can't tear yourself away from the TV for the length of time that it takes to make even a longish drive, then you probably have a problem.
post #15 of 16
Maybe some opinions here are age based. As a was a little kid in the 60's and we would drive on long vacations we brought book, etch a sketch or do the license plates games or (gasp!) look at the scenery out the window. Why anyone would have one of those DVD things in there vehicle should re-examine their values. Hey lets just put a movie in and the kids will shut up!!! Shouldn't you be like actually talking with your kids instead??? TV/DVD's the lazy man's babysitting in my mind. Why have children if you aren't going to interact with them??? I always thought the point of a long driving vacation was to experience something new. Lots of times for instance last night when we drove home from my parent's anniversary party we don't even turn the radio on (Its not quite a 2 hr drive). Several yrs ago I drove to a gardening conference in Iowa and I checked out some books on tape to listen. I don't think those would be so bad.
post #16 of 16
what ever happened to the days when televisions were not in every part of our lives? sigh.....................
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