These car accessories can go a long way in making your road trips a fun and comfortable affair
1. Navigation system
A navigation system finds the shortest way to your destination, and the location of restaurants, fuel stations etc en route. Prices range from Rs 10,000 to Rs 35,000 for in-dash systems. In case of lack of space the navigation device can be mounted on the windshield. Smartphones also come with a GPS that can be used for the in-built navigation system. And if its not according to your taste, you can buy a Navigon or a Sygic (MapmyIndia) through your online application store for with prices starting at Rs 1,900
2. Music system
An entertainment system can liven up long drives. Prices range from Rs 4,000 to Rs 40,000 for an audio-visual kit (DVD player) depending on the brand. Read our car audio guide to understand the basics of buying a good in-car audio system.
3. Tyre puncture repair kit
A spare tyre, puncture repair kit and electronic jack are must-haves on long hauls Unless you’d prefer to be stranded on some uninhabited stretch of road with a flat. Invest Rs 3,500 in an electronic jack, Rs 600 for the inflator and Rs 200 rupees for the puncture repair kit.
4. Roof racks
Roof racks are handy for the extra luggage and don’t forget ropes and hooks to strap it down. And if you don't have too much luggage, then you can opt for rooftop cargo boxes such as the ones from Thule. They are also more aesthetic to look at than the plain, naked roof racks.
5. Cycle mounts
A cycle mount is ideal if pedal-pushing is your idea of fun. Available at a starting price of Rs 20,000, they come in a range of mounting designs to fit any vehicle, not just SUVs. A bicycle mount also makes for a practical buy as it frees up interior space for additional passengers and goods.