ESSENTIAL MOTORING ACCESSORIES YOU NEED FOR YOUR NEXT ROAD TRIP
Going on a long road trip (with or without the kids) can be a lot of fun – but only if you’re prepared!
In this post, we take a look at some of the essential motoring accessories you’ll need for your journey. Bon voyage.
DASHBOARD CELL PHONE HOLDER
Picking up your cell phone and trying to look at it while driving is a disaster waiting to happen – not to mention illegal in many parts of the world. That’s why it’s always worth investing in a dashboard grip cell phone holder.
The way these work is pretty simple. The suction cup end slaps onto your windshield and then the arm grips your phone, allowing you to see whatever’s on the screen. The best models are adjustable, allowing you to turn the phone display without actually having to pick it up.
If you are transporting sharp or dirty equipment, you might also want to consider investing in a trunk liner. This special piece of kit protects all your vehicle’s upholstery – great for transporting pets or kids’ bikes.
Just remember to buy one for your car’s specific make and model. Otherwise, it won’t fit.
CAR BATTERY BOOSTER
Nobody wants to get stranded on a road trip when they are hundreds (maybe thousands) of miles from home. That’s why it’s a good idea to take a car battery booster with you. These are separate packs that provide additional current to your alternator when your engine’s battery can’t.
EUROPEAN DRIVING KIT
Planning on taking a tour in Europe. If so, you’ll need to abide by local regulations. Rules state that drivers must always carry certain pieces of kit with them at all times, including breathalyzers.
Fortunately, complying with these rules is comparatively easy. All you need to do is get an EU-approved driving kit. These contain all the equipment you need to satisfy officials, allowing you to just get on and enjoy yourself.
On road trips, you don’t want luggage taking up too much space in the cabin. That’s why so many experienced vacationers use cargo boxes instead. This way, they can put their suitcases on the roof and free up the back seats for passengers, kids, pets or anything else they want to take with them.
The best road trips are always the most improvised. That’s why it’s a good idea to bring a rooftop tent with you. This way, you don’t have to worry about checking into official accommodation at the end of every day. Instead, you can bring your own.
Fold-out tents are easy to set up and stow when you’re not using them. And they let you save on boot space.
You never quite know what’s going to happen while you’re on the open road. So that’s why seasoned vacationers recommend installing a dashcam before you set off on your trip. This way, you can capture any incidents and use them as evidence to support your case when approaching insurance companies.
So, which of these accessories will you be taking with you on your next road trip?
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