Car accessories make your driving experience more fun and comfortable. There are some for entertainment while some serve vital functions in keeping your car serviceable. In these days of tow trucks on call, it is easy to overlook having these accessories. You never realise the need for a wheel jack until your tyre blows at 12 am at a place where there the mobile network is scratchy. So what car accessories count as essential?
A set of wrenches always comes in handy whether you are unscrewing a tight night hard to reach in the engine, or tightening the wheel lugs. Get a set that covers the size range of the most common nuts. Some designs are able to do a good job with minimal degree allowance as 5 degrees.
Portable jump starter
A dead battery is every driver’s nightmare. You have to stand on the highway waving cars down like a loon. Avoid that by having a portable jump starter. A good model will have add-on features like an air compressor (in case double tragedy strikes), and a LED torch to make your work easier in the dark. Some pack as much as 1000 amps of power. The good thing is that there is an AC charger so that you can recharge it from the ordinary home socket.
Working on your back under a car looks macho but it is a thoroughly uncomfortable experience. The limited range of movements also means that you work on slow mode. Get a scissor lift and improve your working conditions. You can work on your feet and work on your car’s underbelly much faster.
Digital pressure gauge
It is a bit frustrating doing erratic inflation-deflation to get the tyre pressure right. When you have to do it on all the four wheels, it downright sucks. Buy a digital pressure gauge and keep the correct pressure levels. Your tyres will last longer and give you a smoother ride.
Although it is pretty much standard in today’s cars, some models especially older cars, do not have one. Adding a Satnav is bliss if you are hopeless at directions. With today’s tech, the Satnav also serves as an LCD screen for watching videos and can receive satellite radio.
It is no fun holding on to your drink while driving. A cup mount takes this chore away. While many cars have inbuilt cup holders on the doors and between the driver’s seat, you can buy one that attaches wherever you want it.