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A road trip without the right gadgets is a disaster waiting to happen

Parrot MINIKIT
Driving while holding your cell phone isn't only dangerous, it's also illegal in some states. Enter MINIKIT Speakerphone, which clips right onto your sun visor. Pair your cell phone with the MINIKIT via Bluetooth and use the green pick-up and red hang-up buttons to control your phone. The built-in speakerphone is loud enough to hear your caller while the windows are down, and the microphone will pick up your voice loud and clear. $90 @ parrot.com

Audiovox D80008XP
The best way to quell the voices of backseat drivers is by putting on a good flick. Audiovox's D80008XP portable DVD player sports a sleek 8-inch LCD swivel screen which is large enough for the whole backseat to view. Not only does the system come with a car headrest mount, but the dual outputs let the movie's audio play through two sets of headphones. Though the portable player offers four hours of battery life, the system packs a car power adapter so you never run out of juice on the road. $250 @ audiovox.com

Garmin Nuvi 5000
This is the mother of all GPS devises, going far beyond the normal turn-by-turn gizmos. Vivid elevation maps display the surrounding terrain, and you can customize your unit with fun vehicle-shaped icons. The Nuvi also provides speed limits for major highways and can give you real-time traffic updates. $799 @ garmin.com

Harman Kardon Drive + Play 2
This baby lets you connect your MP3 player to your car's stereo. A full-color display mimics your iPod screen, and is dash-mountable while the wireless knob allows you to control your device without reaching across the front seat. The system connects through an internal FM transmitter, wired FM modulator, or auxiliary input connection. $400 @ harmankardon.com

Cobra XRS R9G
Want some style with your radarbuster? Cobra's XRS R9G remote has a full-color LCD display and sleek controls. Plus, its Xtreme Range Superheterodyne Technology can detect up to 12 radar and laser bands. The unit incorporates GPS to indicate approaching intersections and voice alerts to call out those hidden Troopers. $440 @ cobra.com

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