Driving is an enjoyable experience, especially when you’re out there on the open roads of the countryside. 😀 🌳 Having an awesome car that performs well is a big factor in making your road trip fun. But do you know there are inexpensive upgrades you can add to your car to further improve your driving experience? Here are seven car accessories you might want to have before your next road trip!
Garmin Dash Cam 55
Having a dashcam installed in your car gives you peace of mind knowing that if anything happens while you’re on the road, you'll have footage of the incident. This one from Garmin is small, almost like a box of matches, so it won’t obstruct your view of the road.
The camera has a 2-inch screen and can shoot video at 1440p at 30fps, 1080p at 60fps, or 1080p at 30fps. It also comes with GPS which the gadget uses to overlay location and speed data on the footage. Finally, the Garmin dash-cam has an accelerometer or G sensor that can detect and protect clips automatically if an incident occurred.
Xtreme Auto Heated Car Seat Cushion
This seat cushion makes your drive more enjoyable even on cold winter days. They easily fit on the car seats and you only have to plug them into the cigarette lighter power socket so they can start warming up. You don’t have to worry about the seat cushions overheating because they’re thermostatically controlled.
There are two heat settings so you can choose the ideal amount of heat you want. If you’ve been driving for a long time, this heated cushion is also great for relieving back pain. It will give you warmth and extra comfort while on the road.
With the SmartStart, you can unlock your car hands-free. You can even lock or unlock the car doors wherever you are in the world! Its GPS features allow you to know where your vehicle is parked and you can also share the location with your family. You can also monitor your car’s speed and direction whenever it’s moving.
In case your car alarm and the Viper alarm weren’t enough to prevent thieves from stealing your car, you can call the police and tell them the exact location. Other than the security features, you can use this gadget to know how much time you have left on a parking meter. It will also alert you if your time’s up and you need to feed the meter again.
MPow Bluetooth Receiver
Do you have an outdated radio in your car that you can’t use to connect to your smartphone? The perfect gadget that is absolutely cheap is the MPow Bluetooth Receiver. You can plug it into the 3.55 auxiliary port and turn it on so that the Bluetooth receiver can start pairing with your smartphone.
With this very affordable gadget, you don’t have to buy a new radio that has Bluetooth connectivity just so you can use your smartphone to play your favourite music. The receiver can play for up to 15 hours until you need to recharge it. For your long drives, you will definitely be able to have the best tunes until your reach your destination.
Launch CRP129E Scan Tool
This car gadget is among the best diagnostic tools to help you figure out what’s wrong with your car in case it broke down. It has a 5-inch touchscreen and internal battery so you can use it without keeping the car running. With this tool, you can graph live data, perform emissions tests, and reset diagnostic trouble codes.
Since this tool is Wi-Fi compatible, you can email engine reports to yourself or your auto mechanic whenever you encounter a problem with your vehicle. It also includes throttle position reset, steering angle calibration, and oil reset as well.
Trademark Global Car Swivel Tray
A road trip is not complete without driving through several fast-food restaurants, right? It’s more fun if you’ve got something to munch on. But eating in the car can be messy and sometimes, even dangerous because it distracts you from driving. If you have to eat, it would be best to park somewhere for a bit while you enjoy your meal.
A car swivel tray can make this much easier for you and your family and friends if you have passengers. The tray’s height can be adjusted and it also has a non-slip surface so you won’t have to worry about food or drinks falling over. When not in use as a food tray, you can use it as a storage tray as well.
Park Zone PZ-1600 Precision Parking Aid
Imagine this parking aid as your personal traffic light because of its green, yellow, and red lights. Whenever you pull into the garage, this gadget will give you the green light. As you inch your way into the garage, it will then turn yellow, and then finally, red when you need to stop.
Installing the Park Zone parking aid is simple as it only has two parts, a sensor and a light bar. They are connected to each other through a cable similar to ones on telephones. You only need four AA batteries to power up the gadget. This precision parking aid makes it easy to securely park your car in the garage whenever you’re home from work or when you’ve arrived from a long journey.
These gadgets will make long drives much more comfortable for you. And who doesn't love a gadget anyway! You’ll have seat cushions to keep you warm, a Bluetooth receiver so you can play your favourite music, and a compact diagnostic tool if you ever encounter problems with your car, among others. You’ll be ready for your road trip anytime if you have these gadgets with you!