There’s no point in having the freshest wheels or the biggest engine if you’re not kitting your car out with gadgets, too.
Ensure you’re making the most of your motor with some of these amazing life hack car accessories, and make your journeys the smoothest they can be.
There’s nothing worse than being far from home, with your phone clinging on to its 1% remaining battery for dear life.
If you’re on a long journey – or even if you just always find yourself driving with no juice left on your mobile – an in-car phone charger will always come in handy. Just plug it into your DC power connector and go!
2. Boot liners
Boot liners are great if you go out on messy adventures regularly – keeping your trunk protected from dirt and grub, you can throw everything in there without worrying about your car harbouring a long-term stink.
Equally, if you have a dog who loves to go swimming during walkies, making them sit on a liner on the trip home will protect your car from eau de canine.
Especially important in the run-up to Christmas, keeping a breathalyser in the car when you go out will ensure that you never inadvertently get behind the wheel after one too many.
It’s all too easy to get carried away with festivities, but this will ensure that you don’t end up making any silly – or dangerous – mistakes. Alternatively, just take chauffeur responsibilities in turns with your other half, and stick to the OJ when you’re the designated driver.
Particularly if you’re travelling with the family, this one is a great option for keeping your passengers entertained. Keep the “are we there yet”s to a minimum by investing in an in-car DVD player, a couple of Disney films – Frozen is always a fail-safe option – and some headrest TV screens.
Bonus points if you can plug them into headphones, too! Ah… Silence is golden.
If your car is a little on the old side, it might not come with the music player you’d necessarily choose. CDs are acceptable at a push, but who even knows where to buy tapes anymore?
If your car isn’t fitted with all the musical mod-cons, invest in a FM transmitter. This plugs right into your car, and means that you can play anything you like from your phone or iPod directly through your speakers. If you shop cleverly, you can also get one which charges your phone, or acts as a handsfree kit. Finally, no more shouting over your loudspeaker!
For those of us who don’t love parallel parking, the reversing camera kit allows you to park and reverse without any concerns – or little bumps.
Simply attach it to the back of your car, put the screen within your eye-line, and never again worry about squeezing into tiny spaces! After a few weeks, you’ll wonder how you ever parked without one…
So – which car accessories couldn’t you live without? Have any of our suggestions changed your driving life? Let us know in the comments below!