Tips On Upgrading Your Car

car-970353_1280Nowadays, cars are so highly developed that you might think it impossible to make any improvements. But your car can definitely look much better and make you feel a lot cooler, so consider customizing it a bit. If you don’t know where to start, I’ll gladly give you some tips on how to start the fun adventure of upgrading your car.

Wider wheels and tires

Tires are some of the basic parts of your car, since not only are they important for driving in bad weather, they also improve road holding and braking. The easiest way to improve your tires is to buy plus size ones. This is not only about making your ride look better, but also about improving your handling capabilities significantly. A larger wheel also provides the space for larger brake discs, which means more break-pad contact surface.

Rims

Many rims sellers offer visualization tools, so you can see how they would look on your car. These days upgrading your car with rims is not for enthusiasts only, so you can get them for reasonable prices and make your car look like new again.

LED light bars

Upgrading your car with better lights, like LED light bars, will surely prove to be a worthy investment. Their durability is higher than those of regular headlights. They only need a small bit of electricity to work and because of that they hardly produce enough heat, so it is safe to put them on your car and use in times of low visibility. One of the best characteristics of these lights is their ability to illuminate a much wider area than normal headlights. So, by upgrading your car with proper LED lights you will no longer be scared to drive in bad weather conditions like rain, snow or fog.

lamborghini-650274_640Ceramic brake pads

Ceramic pads handle high brake temperature with less heat fade, they offer much quieter braking and provide faster recovery after stopping. Also, they produce much less dust as they wear, unlike regular brakes. Ceramic compounds durability tests show that they extend brake life.

Upgrade your sound system

This is not an expensive upgrade, but it can really make your life easier, especially when you have to wait in a traffic jam. Everything is better with the music you like, and according to Popular Mechanics Magazine you can get a new radio head that is compatible with your mobile device for less than $100, so think about that.

Car interior upgrade

There are a lot of things you can do to improve the quality of your drive time. If you are getting tired of the same seats, just use a fabric spray paint and simply spray over your seat in any color you like.

USB power multiplied

If you travel a lot, an excellent thing to buy is a USB power multiplied, which will allow you to use your tablet or phone instead of paper maps. You can insert this additional and powerful USB into the cigarette lighter socket. This way all of your electronic gadgets will stay charged during hours on the road.

8 Things You Must Have in Your Car

dreamcatcher-918980_1280Looking for inspiration for writing or photography, I spend a lot of time in the car and go to different destinations. Some have led me in a difficult situation. Luckily, I got out and made this little list of things that everyone should have in the car.

  1. Reserve tire and set required for tire maintenance. This is particularly important if you are driving on rough and rugged terrain, as I sometimes do. When you drill a tire on the road, it is necessary to replace it with the reserve, that you should always have in the car. It should be borne in mind that the reserve tire should be ready for use, correct and well preserved. Sometimes, set for tire maintenance can save you from the accident. Under the set, I mean glue for tires and pump.
  2. Jumper cables. Several times it happened to me that my battery betrays me on the road. In some situations, it was my fault. For example, when I see something that inspires me, and I forget to turn off the light in the car. Jumper cables allow you to reconnect the battery of your car with the battery on someone else’s car and return your car to life.
  3. OBD2 scanner. If you notice that your vehicle is behaving strangely when you’re driving, and you’re not sure what the problem is, this scanner will be of great benefit. An excellent review of these OBD2 scanners can be found here. Of course, you can use it only if you do not drive a car that will soon be classified in the category of old-timers. By plugging it in the appropriate place in the car, the scanner will diagnose your car and recommend what steps to take.
  4. The tool. Speaking of accidents with tires, batteries, and car breaks, I must emphasize that it is very important to have a tool with which such accidents can be improved.
  5. First-aid kit is part of the mandatory equipment in the car, and I think it is unnecessary to explain that it can save your life in certain situations.
  6. Blanket. Perhaps it is not the first thing that you will put into the car, but I have to admit that it can be very useful. If you get stuck on the road, and you have to sleep in the car, you will be immensely glad that you take it. If you need to look under the car, you can set the blanket on the ground, not to get dirty.
  7. Bottle of water. In addition to being able to quench your thirst, it can serve to wash your hands or to clean something in the car.
  8. 2 reflective triangles. If you experience an accident on the road, putting reflector triangles in front and behind your car will draw the attention of other drivers on the road and make you noticeable in the dark.

Although you may not be prone to bad luck like me, you never know when it will happen to you for the first time. You do not need many things to overcome a bad luck on the spot. Things on this list may be enough!

Smooth Ride on Mini S

Smooth Ride on Mini SEverybody and their mothers know I am a car fanatic. It has been this way since I was a kid.  I like comparing wide body versus stock. The same goes with automobile manufacturers comparing Ford and Chevy; it does not matter to me. I keep up with the trends, especially what is coming out this year. Matter of fact, I had the great opportunity to meet up with an old friend of mine who had just purchased the 2014 Mini Cooper S. I don’t like or dislike Coopers, and I had not driven the 2014 automobile until a few weeks ago. I know “advancement in technology” makes our life better, but I was a tad skeptical with this new release. Luckily for me, that skepticism instantly diminished once I hopped in the driver’s seat.

The 2014 Mini Cooper S has a four-cylinder engine and six-speed auto transmission with a maximum speed of 145 miles per hour. The Cooper’s length is 151.1 inches, which is an increase of 4.3 inches. The moment I sat in the almost 2,800-pound vehicle, I felt an instant rush as I changed gears. I took it out for a spin as my friend satnext to me and the drive was smoother than peanut butter. The paddle shifters allowed the experience to be better than expected, especially for shifters that were crafted from plastic. [Read more…]