Pimp My Ride – 8 DIY Upgrades for Your Car
By: Good2GoPublished: May 31, 2016
Whether your car is fresh off the lot, or you’re driving a decades-old clunker, I’m sure there are some things you’d like to change about your ride. With a few key upgrades your vehicle will be top of the line. Here are some improvements that’ll make the difference in your daily commute – from a simple app to new parts.
Get High Quality Windshield Wipers
We’ve all been there before – a sunny day turns dark and next thing you know your windshield is being pelted with raindrops. For some, this unsuspecting rain makes visibility difficult, especially if you’re using old worn-out blades. It’s time for an upgrade. There are tons of options when it comes to windshield wiper blades, so make sure to do your research. If you’re unsure what size wipers you need, just check the vehicle’s owner manual. It takes less than a minute to replace a pair of wiper blades and you’ll notice the difference as soon as that first raindrop hits.
Add a Rear View Camera
Have you seen those commercials boosting this year’s newest luxury sedan with a rear view camera? Well, guess what? You no longer need to spend a small fortune to have one. The Magellan Wireless Backup Camera is a great and affordable upgrade at just $130. Parallel parking just got 10 times easier with this backup camera that connects to your GPS device. Now you can tell just how far, or near, that curb really is.
Know Your Own Strength
If you want to feed your inner car geek, The Vector FX2 is a great little performance computer. It attaches to your windshield with suction cups, plugs into your cigarette lighter, and immediately starts reporting G-forces as you accelerate, brake, and corner. The Vector can do timed acceleration runs and reports 0-60 time, time and speed through the quarter mile, and more. If you enter your vehicle’s weight, it will compute horsepower. You can even factor in rolling resistance and wind resistance. Sounds like $40 well spent to me.
Install a GPS System
Many new cars have GPS systems standard. But for those of us who have older rides and still want to know where we’re going, there are plenty of options available. The Magellan RoadMate 3000T is a little pricey ($599), but well worth it. Features like SmartDetour, which gives you options if your freeway speed drops below 15 mph, and Quick Spell, which helps type in a destination, differentiate it from the competitors. A slightly more affordable option is the compact and affordable, Lowrance iWAY 350C ($499). Any GPS system is an upgrade over trying to use Google Maps on your phone – a practice that contributes to distracted driving and could result in accidents.
Get Better Tires
If you’re riding around in an inexpensive or older car, chances are you don’t have the best set of tires. You may want to consider an upgrade to help improve your vehicles’ performance. While most tires will get you from point A to point B without much trouble, great ones offer several benefits, including better gas mileage and handling. Because they are your sole point of contact with the road, they’re one of the best upgrades you can make and the first you should consider. If you do upgrade, make sure to replace all 4 tires – you don’t want to mix and match different tire profiles.
Welcome the PowerCup DC to AC Power Inverter! No need to buy a separate car charger for each of your gadgets or get tangled up in multiple wires. This cuppa-joe-shaped charger will power everything you need on the way into the office. Talk about a morning energy boost!
Make an Office
Sometimes there’s no avoiding eating or taking a conference call on the side of the road. When you get stuck in a roadside office, make it easier on yourself with this desk that attaches to virtually any steering wheel. At just $20, the AutoExec Wheel Mate Steering Wheel Desk is a great upgrade that could really help your productivity. But remember: don’t work and drive.
Get a Car Coat Hanger
For just $17 you could travel in style. Well, with fewer wrinkles, at any rate. What car would be complete without a hanger to keep your jacket, or evening cocktail dress wrinkle-free? This clothes valet conveniently clips onto your seat’s headrest.
Some pretty simple and affordable upgrades can make even the oldest car much more fun to drive. But while we want you to enjoy your ride, your safety is paramount. Keep your eyes on the road, focus, and enjoy the comfort of knowing your auto insurance policy has you covered. Not covered yet, or considering changing insurers? Visit us at www.Good2Go.com – we’d be happy to take a look for you and recommend an upgrade to your policy!