Only 90s' kids will remember these things about cars

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Only 90s' kids will remember these things about cars

Roll down windows and cassette players are just some of the car features that everyone born before the millennium should remember.

Motoring experts from car hire comparison site‏ StressFreeCarRental.com‏ have put together a nostalgic list of car features that youngsters will probably never experience.

‏Modern cars are fitted with all sorts of modcons from touch screens to climate control.

‏British kids today would be baffled by the features that many adults took for granted in the cars of yesteryear, and many of the features in cars from the 1990s will only bring back memories.‏

A spokesperson from‏ ‏StressFreeCarRental.com‏ ‏said: “Motoring is changing and advancing all the time with new technology. As a result, many once popular features of cars have become redundant in the last couple of decades.

“This got us thinking that it would be interesting to investigate which old fashioned car features would seem alien to children today.‏

‏“Like us, we hope you will be able to reminisce on these now extinct features that make us look back fondly on our childhood.

“Many children from other generations will never understand the physical workout that came with having to manually wind down the windows, or rewind a cassette tape with a pencil.”

‏Take a trip down memory lane with this rundown of car features that only 90s kids will remember:‏

Cigarette lighters and ashtrays

‏We have now waved goodbye to the inbuilt cigarette lighter. This is probably for the best as you’d press a button and a glowing hot piece of metal would pop up, ready to light a cigarette.

Not the safest to handle while driving. ‏

‏Along with the cigarette lighter was the ashtray, but more often than not this was used for spare coins to pay for parking

Cassette players

‏In the 1980s and 1990s, aside from the radio to get your tunes on in the car, you’d have to play cassette tapes.

From Bryan Adams to The Beach Boys, childhood memories are made on road trip cassette tapes. Sometimes you’d even need to use a pencil to rewind the cassette.

Car stereos

‏If you were lucky enough to have a new model car in the 1990s, then you will have had a car stereo that plays ‘compact discs’ or CDs. Partial to the occasional scratch, and often very noisy, CD’s allowed 90s kids to be in charge of the album choice.

Many parents would detach the front of the stereo and bring it into the house to prevent theft. ‏

The trusty wheel lock

‏While still available to buy and used by many Brits, cars today have more sophisticated security systems. 90s kids will all have experienced wheel locks either by their own parents, or that uncle who pulled out the big yellow deterrent at every family gathering. ‏

No air-con

‏Sweating in the back and rolling down windows might be a familiar memory to many, as cars typically wouldn’t have had air conditioning. On long journeys, chocolatey snacks needed to be eaten first as the car soon turned swelteringly hot with no air con.

Roll down windows

‏In older models of cars, there weren’t electronic windows like we’re used to today. Kids in years gone by had to crank the window up and down with brute strength. ‏‏

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