If you’d like something a little special without completely emptying your checking account, restrict yourself to two additional features. Here are some to consider.
Some of the best car technology on the market right now is designed to help prevent accidents by making up for human limitations. Cars with blind spot detectors can see areas where you can’t, alerting you to a car directly behind you whose position may inform your choice of lane change or whether to slow down or speed up. By completing your visual range, you may even be able to reduce your insurance costs, one of the hidden costs of having a car.
Another car feature that improves the driver’s visual range is the backup camera. These cameras assist with parking and navigating difficult traffic situations, but perhaps their most important use has been to reduce the likelihood that children playing in driveways will be hit by a car that is backing out. This feature is expected to be standard on all cars by May 2018, indicating that it’s an add-on worth having if you’ll be buying a car before then.
Putting Safety First
Safety features should be one of your highest priorities when it comes to investing in car upgrades. While many safety features come standard, beyond seatbelts the most effective car feature for preventing death in the case of an accident is electronic stability control.
Electronic stability control helps to correct car motion in the event of a sudden swerve or skid. This includes monitoring steering wheel motion, reducing engine power, and applying the brakes; in doing so, the number of fatal car rollovers is cut by as much as 75%. This is a feature worth investing in, especially if you live in an area prone to ice and snow where skid risks are higher.
Reduce Driving-Related Pain
For those who drive a lot, sitting in an uncomfortable car seat can be responsible for unnecessary pain. Individually engineered seats can run into the thousands, an unreasonable amount to pour into a seat that might just need a few extra cushions. However, some companies offer reasonably priced contour seating that can help manage driving related pain. If there isn’t a semi-standard comfort adjust seat available, skip the bespoke model investments, but don’t foreclose the generic version if pain is a problem for you.
The Final Accounting
Ultimately, adding extra features to your car is worth the money if the goal is to enhance health and safety – what you don’t spend on that improved seat, you may otherwise end up spending on chiropractor appointments. Skip the technology for technology’s sake improvements, however. These will be out of date by the time you sell back your car, but even if safety technology changes, anti-skid technology or blind spot cameras will still benefit a second hand buyer.