Heading out on a road trip? It’s time to get your car ready. There are many interesting developments in the automotive industry every year and even though new cars boast a variety of technology equipment, there are still ways to make your driving experience even better, such as investing in some new in-car gadgets. You’ll also want to keep everyone entertained in the back seat.
We’ve put together a list of the best gadgets to turn your average road trip into a high tech road trip from start to finish.
But, before you start buying all these gadgets for your car, are you confident you’re vehicle road trip ready from a servicing and maintenance perspective? Be sure to get it checked over by a professional before hitting the open road to ensure it’s safe for your trip. Halfords Autocentre is currently offering to pay for their customers’ MOT if you purchase anything at a Halfords store (anything other than a 5p carrier bag that is) – well worth looking into!
A Dash Cam
Dash Cams can be used not only to shoot a memorable drive, but they can also come in handy if you get into an accident. Of course, a forward facing camera won’t protect you physically, but the footage it captures can be used to prove who is responsible for the crash.
Some dash cameras even include a parking mode, that starts recording whenever impact is detected. For example, if someone knocks a wing mirror off, or hits your car when parking and doesn’t leave a note, you may be able to find out what’s happened.
Car jump starter pack
Having jump cables are great if you have another vehicle around to give you a hand. However, if you’re in a more isolated area, jumper cables are pretty useless. A portable car jump starter pack is the ideal gadget for this scenario, featuring two USB ports for your mobile and a flashlight too.
A backseat headrest mount holder
Ideal for long road trips for those of you with children. These are affordable and can really help with the peace and quiet when needed. It’s just a simple attachment that is placed on the back of your headrest where you can safely put your tablet.
A multiport car charger
You don’t have to fight over who gets to charge their devices on your trip. Unlike many charges that only have two ports, you’re able to buy adapters such as the Vogek car charge that allows you to juice multiple devices at once.
A smartphone mount
Whether you’re using GPS navigation, don’t want to be distracted, or want to be able to change your music easily on the go, a smartphone mount puts your phone at eye level and within easy reach.
The phone mount sticks to the inside of your windscreen and acts as a phone holder. When you need to drive you can quickly glance at the screen without needing to hold your phone in your hand.
Mobile internet hotspot
Let’s be honest, as much as we like getting off the grid, having backup WiFi is always important, especially if you’re heading somewhere you’ve never been before. Netgear Around Town is perfect for this. Unlike most mobile routers, this hotspot doesn’t require a contract, lets you connect up to ten devices and lasts on one charge for hours.
Handpresso Auto Hybrid Coffee
The internet is jam-packed with interesting accessories for coffee lovers on the go, but when it comes to a long road trip, nothing can compete with the Handpresso. Designed just for car use, this coffee maker plugs into the cigarette lighter and delivers a barista style espresso in two minutes. The products can fit inside a cup holder and works with ESE pods or ground coffee.