When it comes to buying a new car or renovating an older model, you need to ensure that you find a car that suits your sense of adventure and is ready to be your trusty companion no matter what kind of journey you take it on. One way in which you can do this is by making a few simple renovations to your vehicle or getting your hands on some tools that make driving easier and more entertaining. Here are some excellent recommendations – including a mixture of DIY projects and more complex projects you may need a professional hand to complete.
THE MOST STRAIGHTFORWARD RENOVATION…GET CLEANING
Over time, the interior and exterior of your car will be subject to a lot of wear and tear. The exterior, which is exposed to all different kinds of weather, may become dirty, rusty or grimy, whereas the interior can quickly gather dust and piles and piles of rubbish. Therefore, although it does not technically classify as a ‘renovation’, you’d be surprised about how different your car will look after you’ve given it some much needed TLC. Here are some top tips for cleaning your car:
- Head to a local car wash, or grab a bar of soap and sponge.
- Clean your interior and exterior windows.
- Throw away any rubbish that is present in your car.
- Wipe down your seats.
- Wipe down the dashboard and doors.
- Clean the door handles.
- If you have fabric seats, mix some sweet-scented fabric softener with water in a spray bottle. This can remove any unpleasant smells.
- Hoover the interior of your car.
ADD A HOOVER TO YOUR BOOT
Your boot is probably already full of emergency items you need in case you run into trouble on the road; however, one way in which you can help keep on top of your cleaning is by purchasing a small, hand-held and battery-powered hoover. This means that you quickly get rid of the evidence of any snacks you eat on the journey, but can also keep on track of any other dust and dirt that builds up inside your car. This tool is handy if you have small children who seem to make a mess wherever they go.
GET A CUSTOM PAINT JOB
There are various reasons as to why you might want to get your car repainted. Whether you’re fed up with the current colour of your car, or you’ve noticed the signs of wear and tear are more visible than usual, you mustn’t take the decision lightly. Don’t do it just for the sake of it, as a quality paint job can be expensive.
However, it is definitely worth it in the long run. It is also important that you do not rush into the decision – for example, don’t choose a bright colour that sounds exciting, but you will only grow to hate over time. Furthermore, some colours fade quicker than others, meaning you will have to get them repainted more often.
You may benefit from selecting one of the most popular colours for your car, this includes:
The above colours are simple, stylish and classic and are therefore you are unlikely to regret choosing this shade. However, if you want to take a risk and be different – go for it. When it comes to your car, only your opinion matters so you shouldn’t be afraid to stand out from the crowd.
GET NEW TYRES
Over time, your tyres will gradually wear down and will need replacing to ensure you are kept safe when behind the wheel. Although you don’t have to think about this initially, after five years, you should ensure that your tyres get checked by a professional at least once a year. This is something that is examined during your annual service, but you should always pay attention to your tyres as they can get damaged at any point and repairs can be expensive. Common signs of tyre damage include:
- Flat tyres where the air has escaped. This could be due to a small puncture in the wheel itself.
- Excessive vibration when driving.
- Tyres appear as though they are wobbling.
- Noise coming from your tyres.
- You are feeling as though your car is dragging to one side (either to the left or right).
However, you may also want to get new tyres if you are planning on setting out on an adventure, or you need to ensure your car can tackle a multitude of different terrains. For example, if you work in construction, you need to ensure that your car can drive smoothly on and off-road. One way in which you can combat this is by installing 4wd wheel – they are expertly designed to take on any terrain and are available in a range of sizes and styles.
IMPROVE YOUR SECURITY WITH A DASHCAM
There are numerous benefits you can receive when you install a dash cam to your car. Firstly, they help improve your security and safety as they can capture precisely who is at fault if you should get into an accident. This can be used to support you if you believe the accident was not your fault, or you need to make a claim to your insurance. Furthermore, it means those responsible for an accident (including yourself) take responsibility and accountability for their actions.
Another benefit of installing a dashcam is the fact that they often include a GPS system – this means that emergency services can locate you quickly if the worst does happen and you are in an accident.
Dashcams are legal and safe to use, though you should ensure you place them in an area that does not obscure your view.
A PHONE HOLDER
To begin with, you should not use your phone when driving. This will take away your attention from the road and could lead to a severe accident. However, you can use your phone to listen to music, the radio, podcasts, as a GPS system or even answer the phone if your device has hands-free capabilities. In order to make the most of these capabilities, attach a phone holder to your dashboard. This also means you always know where your phone is when driving – and it won’t fall between the cracks in your seats never to be seen again.
A MASSAGE CHAIR CUSHION
Sometimes, when driving your body will become tired and achy – particularly your back and neck. This is due to the fact that you have to sit upright for long periods, especially if you are on a lengthy road trip. One way in which you can help relieve muscle tension and pain is through a massage chair cushion. They attach to the headrest, and are often battery-powered and will really make a difference when you are on a lengthy journey.
Sometimes, your phone runs out of battery when you least expect it. Whether you are halfway through singing along to your favourite song, or checking how far you were from your destination on Google Maps – being without your phone when on the road can lead to trouble. As a result, you may benefit from getting your hands on a charger for your ar. Many of them attach to one of the ports in your car. This means that you never have to worry about your phone dying and leaving you in a tricky situation.
Alternatively, you may wish to purchase a portable charger that you can keep in your car and take out with you during the day.
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