March 29, 2017 at 11:26 AM
In the modern day, technology is always being designed that helps to make your life easier. The same applies to developments in the world of in-car technology.
Sure, most modern vehicles have some technology built into them, but you have to pay for this luxury. When you’re buying a used vehicle, it’s more cost effective to purchase these gadgets separately instead of opting for the top-of-the-range model.
So this month we’ve created a list of our top in car gadgets to make your drive easier. Please note, we are not affiliated with any of the brands mentioned in this post.
Our Top In-Car Gadgets
By far one of the best inventions in modern driving, dash-cams are becoming increasingly popular with drivers who regularly take longer journeys or drive in built-up, urban areas.
There are a wide variety of products on the market, each with their own price to match. Not only does the front-facing camera help record any accidents throughout your journey, they can be a deterrent for anyone thinking about breaking into your van.
Perfect if you have multiple devices that need charging, USB chargers are a must have additional for any van or car. There are a variety of models on the market; anywhere from a single charger to triple chargers.
Most used vehicles do have a 12V socket in the front of the car, so a USB charger such as the Anker 4-Port charger would be ideal. You’ll be able to charge up to four devices at once, making it perfect for longer journeys.
It seems to be the way of the modern world that the Internet is a constant aspect of our lives. It used to be that this wouldn’t apply as soon as you got behind the wheel, but not any more.
Ideal for those who drive with others, you can now get a 4G USB dongle for your van or car. Obviously the coverage and performance of the dongle will depend on your location, but it should make long journeys that little bit less boring.
For example, the EE Buzzard plugs into your vehicle’s 12V socket and can be used by up to 10 devices.
Bluetooth kits are especially useful if you find yourself missing calls whilst your driving between jobs. The addition of a Bluetooth kit means that you’ll still be able to answer calls or listen to your music without losing concentration.
There are basic models available online, but before buying you should ensure that your phone is compatible.
SMARTPHONE MOUNTS & HOLDERS
Being able to play music or answer calls becomes even harder if you can’t actually see your phone to identify who’s calling. That’s why you need to invest in a phone holder.
The older makes of phone holder generally tend to be mounted through a CD holder or in the ventilation covers, however newer models mean you can magnetically attached your phone to the dashboard.
A reversing camera is the perfect addition to any vehicle. We know that you’re all extremely competent drivers, but occasionally we all need a little extra help, especially if you’re reversing into a tight space.
Reversing cameras are easy to install, with some models on the market linking to your smart phone should you choose that option. At the same time as this, you can get kits that are wired into your car, usually powered through the 12V charging point.
SEAT BELT CUTTER & WINDOW BREAKER
We don’t want to think about it, but accidents do happen whilst driving. One gadget to keep close to hand would be a seal belt cutter and window breaker multi-tool.
Its purpose is exactly what it says on the tin. It’s used in an emergency to cut seat belts and break windows and smaller models can be kept on your key ring.