CD players no longer adequate as drivers set sights on flat-screen TVs

British drivers have revealed their most wanted in-car accessories – and they don’t include the traditional offerings of CD player, air conditioning and satellite navigation.

An in-car entertainment system to rival those traditionally found in living rooms is desired by 45 per cent of people, with suggested additions including a flat-screen TV with games console and DVD player and even a personal computer.

Meanwhile, ten per cent said they would like an in-car refreshment facility comprising a fridge, ice cream machine, cold drinks dispenser, fully-stocked bar for passengers and a coffee machine.

Crucially, though, safety is still a concern for motorists as one in four said they would like to see the addition of an automatic tyre inflation system to keep tyre pressures constant installed on their vehicles.

"When the boundaries of costs, imagination and vehicle design have no limits, it is amazing what drivers would want to have in their cars if they had a complete freedom choice regarding its specification, and could leave the conventional options behind," Phil Brookes, operations director at Protyre, commented.

"However, it is encouraging that drivers still regard tyres as a key safety component of their vehicle which are often neglected as many take to the road to go on holiday."

Other driver essentials include a bed, toilet and heated floor mats, according to 15 per cent of drivers.


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