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Top Car Gadgets to Enhance Your Ride

With smart and connected cars dominating the roads today, all the rage is technology and how it can enhance the driving experience. Manufacturers are careful not to sacrifice any performance or comfort when it comes to loading their cars with the most advanced car technology available. Here are the best car tech accessories that you need to take a look at to customize your car.

Smartphone remote start and unlock systems- since most Americans carry a smartphone today, why not eliminate the need to carry your keys around with you? Now there are apps (either 3rd party or from the manufacturers) that allow owners to remotely start their car and unlock/lock from their smartphones. If you are like any other car owner who hates when it is incredibly hot out and your car has been basking in the sun for a while, then you may want to look into this. With the push of a button on the app, you can start your car and get that A/C cranking before you even set foot outside. You can also control the locks with your phone in the event that you do not want to carry your keys with you into places like a sporting event or the gym. Or in case you accidentally locked your keys in the car, which is something that every car owner has done at least once.

LED Lights- while many cars now come standard with LED headlights to enhance the vision of the driver at night, have you thought about upgrading to LED lights for the interior lights as well. Switching out those old dim lights will really make a difference when you need it most. The bulbs that are available on the market now are longer lasting, sturdy and incredibly bright to help the driver, other cars on the road and the passengers inside the car.

GoPro- Never miss an unforgettable moment with family, friends or whoever may be along for the ride by investing in a GoPro and dashboard mount. Some of the greatest memories take place in the car on road trips and now you will be able to keep them on film forever. Also, if you enjoy capturing the scenery driving through this beautiful country, a GoPro is perfect for capturing each sight from the riders’ perspective in stunning 4K UHD videos and pictures. GoPro’s were once viewed as only useful for action sports enthusiasts but whatever your passion is, let GoPro capture it with you.

Radar Detectors- while this is not meant to condone breaking the speed limit, there are times when drivers feel it is necessary to do so. So if you are a lead-foot driver and want to eliminate the chance of a pricey ticket and insurance payment spike, spend the money and get a quality radar detector. Just make sure you check the laws in your state regarding the use of these because they vary from state to state and whether it is a personal or commercial vehicle matters.

HUD GPS- Heads-up displayed (HUD) GPS directions can now be projected onto the windshield so that drivers can safely keep their eyes on the road. Features like ETA, lane assisting, speed and navigation arrows are just some of the tools that can be projected right on the windshield. There are several different options available for drivers looking for a HUD. Garmin is one of the biggest names in GPS and makes a great HUD for drivers and there are other companies that make special projectors that are compatible with smartphones.  

Infotainment System- why not put a smartphone compatible aftermarket infotainment system in your car? Texting, navigation, satellite radio, calling and more can be done with Apple Carplay. Essentially it turns the infotainment system into a larger iPhone screen for drivers. While many 2016 models from every major car company already come compatible with Carplay, if you are driving an older car all you have to do have an Alpine or Pioneer infotainment system installed and you will be ready to go!

Seat Massager- long road trips or commutes to and from work in rush hour traffic can really take a toll on the muscles in your back. One way to combat the stress of a long day or long ride is to invest in a quality car seat massager. Now there are ones on the market that feature up to 8 individual massage motors and customization settings to truly help you relax while driving. You are able to control the speed, intensity and location with the push of a button or create your own custom massage and some now even come with a heat option to really help those muscles loosen up!

Backup Cameras with Guidance- there are a number of cars on the market that come standard with rearview backup cameras but if yours doesn’t you are missing out. Backing up has never been so easy because now the cameras offer guidance features on the screen to tell you when you are too close to open the rear hatch or the path your car will take depending on your steering. Take the struggle out of backing up and invest in a rear camera with these added features. Some high-end luxury cars even park themselves, but that may be a bit too far.

On Board Diagnostics (OBD) Device- OBD can be a performance lover’s best friend. This little device can be plugged into your cars computer and tune up the conservative factory settings that come standard with your vehicle to more aggressive settings that will enhance the driving experience. Also, OBD devices are extremely helpful for understanding any issues or lights that may arise while driving your car. Just be careful when you unlock your car’s true potential!

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