With an additional 600,000 motorists on UK roads a year, the British are travelling more and more by car. We all want the most up to date technology, but we often don’t always have the newest cars with the newest technology. But don’t worry, because we’ve carefully selected 7 of the best gadgets that will help you bridge the gap this Summer.
1: Bluetooth adapter and sync your phone
Nowadays almost all our phones have Bluetooth and a simple adapter can change songs, answer calls and make life stress free. A simple adapter to your cigarette lighter, USB port or even auxiliary cable will work. You can buy these online for as little as £10. eBay, amazon sell them or even your local store.
Very easy to use and every time you get in your car your phone will automatically connect. Depending on your car make and model there are variations to suit all.
2: Struggle to reverse? Reversing cameras are for you!
Struggling to reverse? A reversing camera will be just for you! It’s a great addition to all of your car gadgets. You should never rely on just the camera; a camera is there to aid you in reversing. These camera’s also come with sensors and can let you know when you are too close, followed by a sequence of noises. Some higher end reversing camera’s also come with night vision capabilities.
3: Use your smartphone as a Satnav
Investing in a simple smartphone holder coupled with a navigation app on your phone will help you navigate effortlessly around the UK. Often navigation apps use very little data, so you can leave them running in the background and they will update in real time as you drive. A smartphone holder can cost you from upwards of £5. Its recommended to set your destination before you start driving as safely laws prohibit you using your phone when operating a vehicle. Using a mobile phone whilst driving is a criminal offence and can have devastating consequences.
4: Put your safety first with a tyre pressure monitor
It is very important to monitor your tyre pressures as it can drop over time, it is recommended you check your tyre pressure at least once a month. A tyre pressure monitor will help you to maintain the correct pressure in your tyres. You can purchase digital tyre pressure monitors and ones with a gauge on. Making sure your tyre pressures are correct depending on your car’s make and model will ensure that you save money. When your tyre pressure is low, the rolling resistance is increased, meaning you will expend more fuel to get to the same place. Information on your tyre pressures should either be in your vehicle hand book or on the side of the door usually passenger side.
5: Invest in a dash cam, don’t get caught out
Dash cams are small cameras that record your drive and have become much more popular in recent years, especially due to the rise in car accidents. The footage that the cameras provide can help identify faults of crashes and can even help with insurance claims. Always make sure you place your dash cam in a position that doesn’t distract you. Dash cams that are worth investing in are around £50 and upwards.
6: Fit a GPS tracker and fight off those unwanted thieves
Car theft is also on the rise and fitting a car GPS racking system will help you to identify the location of your car if it’s stolen. A GPS tracker also assists the police in recognising the vehicle. The GPS system can be wired or attached to your car and can be a vital gadget to keep your car safe. A GPS tracker can cost you upwards of £100
7: Don’t get stuck, a portable jump starter is a life saver
Everyone hates getting stuck or breaking down, especially if you’re in a rural location. You can avoid the risk of breaking down by investing in a jump starter. Different cars require different amounts of power to charge up. The correct jump starter can be found online with a little research or you can seek advice from your manufacturer. It is important you buy a heavy duty jump starter as this is guaranteed to get you out of pretty much every sticky situation. Jump starters are upwards of £50 and can vary in price per vehicle and manufacturer.
Technology is growing very quickly and there are always new car gadgets every so often, keep your eyes peeled for latest trends. Air conditioning, satnav’s, voice activation, all things we wouldn’t have though possible 20 years ago. The possibilities are endless, a very exciting time for the automotive industry.