Whether you are into overlanding, rock crawling, or just hitting the beach on the weekends to camp with friends and family, having a vehicle that is built for the purpose makes the trip more comfortable and enjoyable.
Today, there are a plethora of add-ons that you can kit your vehicle with and they are available at a very affordable price. Moreover, there are fittings that work for all kinds of vehicles. Whether you have a crossover, a sedan, an SUV, or even a van, you can definitely find some after-market options that will give you the functionality that you need.
When it comes to installation, most devices will come with comprehensive manuals that make doing it at home a breeze. However, if you are looking to install something more comprehensive such as a turbo or a supercharger, getting the assistance of a specialist will not be a bad idea. Here are a few things that are commonly used and some items that will give you the most functionality for the money you invest.
One of the most-used components of the vehicle, yet also one of the most overlooked parts, is the suspension. Regardless of the kind of vehicle that you drive, the suspension plays a critical role in the quality of the ride, the stability of the vehicle, and the capability of the vehicle in different environments. Especially if you are going off-road or you are towing with your vehicle, consider upgrading the suspension to something that is designed for that purpose. Factory suspension can last a long time but this doesn’t mean it needs to stay in forever. Especially if you are using the vehicle in tougher conditions or the vehicle is consistently carrying heavy loads, you might want to change the suspension before it gives up.
A lot of people never realize that they can actually insulate their car beyond the factory insulation and enjoy a much more comfortable ride. Especially if you spend long hours on the highway or you drive around loud areas like construction sites, better insulation can be a lifesaver. More importantly, insulation can really help out older vehicles, considering that back in the day there was no concept of insulation with car manufacturers. It was basically all metal, and if you are lucky, you might get some leather on the interior door panels. After-market insulation can help you reduce cabin noise, it will reduce external noise, and even insulate your car from external temperatures. Whether you are in a hot climate or a cold one, insulation will make the car much cozier.
Everyone likes to take some food and drinks along on a road trip but the worst thing is opening that drink, only to find that it has become warm, or worse still, become hot under direct sunlight. Wouldn’t it be great if you could have a fridge in the car? The good news is that you can, and you have probably seen van refrigeration units that commercial vehicles use to carry around things like ice cream, frozen food, and seafood. You can have something very similar installed in your vehicle. In fact, you can even get a freezer for your car that will keep all your perishable goods completely frozen, just like your freezer at home. These are available in all kinds of sizes so you can easily find a solution that will fit in your car. It’s a one-time investment that will last you several years and several memorable trips.
It’s always nice to get out in the wild and explore the natural environment. The truth of the matter is that this only happens once every few months and your vehicle will spend most of its life in an urban environment. When you have your car fitted with all these accessories like an onboard fridge and a better sound system, you will get a lot of admirers, and not all have good intentions. Investing in a good security system is something that will protect all the other investments that you have made and will protect the car itself too. Don’t rely on the central locking pair of keys that you got from the factory, you might as well not have a security system if you think that will protect your vehicle. Sure, it is a good deterrent for amateur criminals, but for anyone who knows more complex ways when it comes to stealing a car, a good security system is what you need. There are a number of options available in many different price brackets. Try to get the best that you can afford.
Together with security, you can also consider getting a few other systems that will automate certain processes and add some more functionality to your car. For instance, you can get one of the security systems that both allow you to open windows and start the car, without actually being in the car itself. This is a fantastic feature to have if you live in a hot or cold climate as you can start the car and get it acclimatized before you actually get in the vehicle itself. If you are usually out on the road for several days at a time or you pass through tough terrain, consider getting an onboard air compressor to help you air up or down when the need comes. Later down the road when you want to make more upgrades, the air compressor will help you add more advanced things like pneumatic air lockers.
When it comes to gadgets for your vehicle, the list really is endless. There are so many things that you can do and they all depend on what you use your car for. In some cases, certain upgrades might not be for you, however, the list that we have compiled above is something that can be used in any situation and these are a few things that all cars should have, even if it’s your daily driver that you take to work. If you plan on doing some major upgrades, check with the local authorities to ensure you get work done in a way that will not make your car illegal and will not cause more trouble than convenience for you.