Safety-proof your car and be prepared for any emergency with these must-have accessories.
Never lose your car again with the Nonda ZUS Smart Car Charger with Car Finder, a small but smart device that will charge your electronic devices and stop you from wandering around a car park aimlessly. Download the ZUS app, and the device will log your car’s location and guide you back to it if you’ve forgotten where it’s parked. What’s more, the charging component has two USB ports so you can charge both your phone and tablet at the same time.
Battery jump-start kit
No driver should be without a battery jump start kit. Whether your battery is getting a little old or you’ve stupidly left the lights on overnight, a jump start kit is a worthwhile investment. Check out Halfords range to find one that’s suitable for your car and within your price range.
Invest in a tyre pressure gauge to monitor pressure levels and avoid accidents. If tyre pressure is too high, you risk increasing the friction between the road and tyre, which can result in overheating. But if tyre pressure is too high your car may bounce around on the road which affects traction and stopping distances.
It’s also worth buying a tread depth gauge to ensure your car tyres meet the legal requirement. A tread depth of less than 1.6mm is illegal, and if the police catch you, you’ll be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice.
If the tyre needs replacing altogether, leave it to the professionals – better yet let the mechanic come to you. If you’re based in County Wiltshire, Wiltshire Tyres offer a mobile tyre-fitting service across the county including remote areas such as Salisbury. They fit in around you and will even come to your place of work, giving your peace of mind that your tyres in Salisbury are roadworthy and fitted properly.
Electric blanket with car charging
When preparing an emergency kit to keep in your car boot, don’t forget to add an electric blanket with car charging. If you break down in bad weather or at night, a heated blanket will provide some much-needed comfort and warmth. Most have safety timers with auto shut-off, so you don’t need to worry about overheating. They’re normally big enough for two people so are ideal if you’re unlucky enough to have to stay in your car overnight.
Blind spot mirrors
If you’re a new driver or are a little apprehensive when it comes to overtaking and parking, install some blind spot mirrors on your wing mirrors, so you have complete sight of what’s going on around you. Check out Best Product’s review of ‘Best Blind-Spot Mirrors to Avoid Driving Collisions‘ to find some suitable for your vehicle. They can be as straightforward as the small, circular mirrors you’ll have used when learning to drive or as advanced as an in-car video camera that provides full parking assistance.