Get the most from a test-drive

Explore the technology

Before you drive away, spend some time figuring out how to use the gadgets. If the vehicle has Bluetooth, test how easy it is to pair with your phone. If there’s a navigation system, set it to take you to a nearby destination. That way you can test how easy it is to program and how accurate the route is. Also, try out voice activation systems; some are helpful while others are horribly frustrating. On the road, if the vehicle has advanced safety features like blind-spot detection, radar cruise control, lane departure warnings and others, make sure to test them all. Although these functions should be relatively intuitive from the get-go, also remember that, like new phones and computers, all in-car systems have an initial learning curve. So don’t dismiss something right away; you could end up loving it over time.