If your car is your pride and joy then you’ll want to ensure it’s unique – here are some tips to customise your car in five easy steps.
1. Invest in Better Brakes
Good quality brakes are important when it comes to how your car runs, for very obvious reasons. If you only make short trips around your town or city, then OEM (original equipment manufacturer) brakes that came with your car are more than suitable. However, when placed under strain OEM brakes can become susceptible to brake-fade. This is a situation that occurs after persistent and heavy-use, where the brakes are not as effective at stopping or slowing the car.
If you are interested in getting involved in high-performance driving, you want to improve the braking power of your car, or you reside in a very steep area, then an upgrade may be your best bet. Upgrading your brakes is also essential when you modify your car to increase speed. The options available to upgrade your brakes include changing the rotors or brake-pad material, investing in steel-brake lines, or upgrading your brake calipers. Make sure you do your research so that you make the correct choice for your car.
2. Make Decals For Your Car
Whether you are interested in making your car stand out with stylish linework, or you want something a little more fun with humorous stickers, decals are always a great option. But you might not know that it is also possible to design and create your very own decals
If you use one of the graphics programs that support Vector Drawing, like Inkscape or Photoshop, it is easy to create your own design on a tablet or PC. If you prefer a freehand sketch on paper you can use a program like Scan2CAD to convert your drawings. We suggest converting to G-code, a CNC machine can then follow the code to cut your decals out from a suitable material.
3. Upgrade Or Install A New Sound System
If you are inspired by some of our UK road-trip ideas, then we suggest you get planning. This includes snacks, appropriate clothing (for all kinds of British weather), a road trip playlist, but you may also want to consider something that makes your playlist sound awesome.
Many of the entertainment systems in the latest cars are already slick these days, and we are grateful that those days of messing around with cassette tapes are gone. However, for those true audiophile’s you may be interested in a suitable upgrade. This doesn’t need to be expensive, yet it is important to know that most higher-end sound systems do really provide much better quality. Have a look at Lifewire’s articles on the reasons why you may want to consider replacing your factory speakers with an aftermarket option.
4. Invest In Personalised Plates
Nothing upgrades a car more than some private number plates. Think about what you want them to say about you as you will likely have them for a long time and on many future cars to come.
5. Ride In Style And Comfort
While our vehicles allow many of us to visit many places, we often forget that sitting behind the wheel means many hours spent sitting down. This is why comfort is essential and uncomfortable car seats can contribute to a terrible driving experience.
Fortunately, there are many options to choose from for car seating. Think about choosing seat covers that are more interesting than the standard gray or black color schemes. If you have the money you could even replace the seats for a more luxurious option.
While we are still on the discussion of seating, it is important to think about your little ones. According to law children under 12 years of age or 135cm (whichever of these applies first) are required to sit in an appropriate child seat. This shouldn’t mean choosing a plain and dull car seat. Today there are tons of cool options that your children will love.
6. Invest In A Good-Quality Navigation System
If proof was ever needed that the sat navs are more important than ever when driving on different roads, then the changes to driving tests in 2017 have provided it. This is because learners now follow directions from a sat nav when taking the practical test. Fortunately, this now means that drivers that have just obtained their license already have the experience and skills needed to follow sat navs without these devices causing a distraction.
If you are planning to buy a new vehicle, you might not need to buy a sat-nav, since many manufacturers are now including these devices as one of the standards. This is not the case when it comes to every model though, or for used and older cars. This will leave you with the option of whether you would like to invest in one of these devices or not. If you do decide to buy one, make sure you do your research on the different models. To assist you further, read over our guide that covers different sat navs to choose from.