After-market extras

SOMETIMES, we think we’ve found the car of our dreams, but something’s missing. It could be reversing bleepers, a camera for assisting when parking, a better radio that has Bluetooth … the list is endless.

Often, we are put off adding these aids because we think it’s either not possible on our car, or would be too expensive. Here, we are going to look at the options available in Tenerife, which will not be as comprehensive as they would be in the UK, but, nonetheless, they are available.

Parking sensors

With these fitted, a car senses its surroundings, and they are probably one of the most widely-used extras. However, they are not yet standard on all vehicles. The sensors are mounted on the bumpers, and they detect the distance of obstacles eg posts, other cars and shopping trolleys, from the extremities of the car. They deliver an audible beep, which gradually becomes louder, the closer you get.

Some systems are now combined with a digital graphic, which looks similar to a camera or GPS screen. It shows which part of the car is closest to the object, allowing for a safer, more-accurate manoeuvre. It’s generally possible to fit these to most cars and vans, often preventing scrapes and scratches, and minor damage to your car.

Reversing and/or 360-degree cameras

These are a step-up from parking sensors, and some vehicles now feature a rear-facing camera. Mounted high up, and pointing slightly downward, they show obstacles far more clearly than the rear-view mirror can. These cameras use a wide-angle lens to give you a broad field of view, around the back of the car.

These images are relayed to the driver, usually by a screen mounted in the dashboard, and often feature guide lines which show the direction of the car, based on the current steering angle and its proximity to obstacles.

This is especially useful for those who have difficulty in reversing into allotted spaces, or into a parallel-parking space, for example, on the side of a road. The 360-degree cameras are generally fitted as standard on the new, high-end vehicles such as BMWs and Range Rovers, but it’s also possible to fit them on more “run-of-the-mill” vehicles, for want of a better description.

With this type it enables you to view, more accurately, the space available and the position of the wheels. This makes it far easier to see whether or not you’ll be able to squeeze into the last available space, or if you’re about to scrape those posh alloy wheels, or even your car!

Car stereos

I doubt  there are many drivers who are never happier than when they are driving along, singing to their favourite song, albeit out of tune! When first sold, many cars had pretty-basic stereos fitted, as well as small speakers, so the quality of the sound was pretty mediocre. Many people like to listen to music from their phones, iPods or similar devices, via Bluetooth, but the stereo must be compatible.

So, to make your driving experience less stressful and more enjoyable, and you a happier driver, the consideration of installing one of the above might well pay dividends for you. For more information, contact Emma at Motorworld.

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