If you find yourself sat in the car for a fair portion of the day, most days, you’ve probably spent some time on a boring drive home or sat in traffic wondering if there’s any way to make the commuting parts of your day a bit better. Outside of discovering a new podcast to listen to to help whittle the minutes away, there are actually a number of affordable upgrades you can make to your car that will help on a performance, driveability and cost basis.
Some people modify their cars for performance reasons, others for cost and others and others for comfort. The three ideas below cover a little bit of everything, so you can invest in one or more to improve your overall daily driving experience.
Change Your Tyres
Of all the potential upgrades out there, changing your tyres is probably one of the simplest and most effective you can make. Tyre technology has taken a big leap forward in the past decade, which means you can find a new set of tyres even on a budget that will vastly improve your car’s grip and all weather performance, not to mention offer increased longevity in themselves.
Tyres are the often forgotten about item on a car that actually require checking regularly. If you haven’t paid your four wheels any TLC in recent memory, make sure your tyre tread depth is above the legal minimum of 1.6mm and there’s no bald spots on the rubber. If you’re concerned about either, a new set of tyres will likely make a massive difference to your daily commute. Your new set of tyres can be easily fitted at home using an impact wrench to remove the old wheels and to install your brand new set.
Invest In A Camera
Dashcams were once a rarity on our roads but now fairly commonplace, and with good reason. Alongside their increased affordability of late (a good camera needn’t cost you over £100), there are countless reasons to own and operate a dashcam, most of which surround protecting yourself in worst case scenarios. A dashcam will:
- Record footage of an accident, giving the true picture of what happened to police and insurers where required.
- Get you out of any fines or tickets that were incorrectly given to you.
- Protect you against insurance fraud
- Look after your vehicle while it’s unattended
- Capture unexpected moments e.g. an accident not involving yourself or a crime
Not only that, but having a camera record your every move, especially with the above in mind, will make you a better driver. So, for a relatively small investment, you could end up saving yourself a significant amount more.
DIY Performance Upgrades
If you’re looking for a boost in performance under the bonnet, be it a little more oomph or some simple economy tweaks, there are a number of quick and impactful fixes you can apply to your car, which are have DIY potential if you know your way around your vehicle.
- Change the spark plugs: an easy and affordable way to improve your engine’s combustion, which in turn produces more power and better fuel economy.
- Replace the bushings: a more complex operation, but one that will help reduce vibrations through the car for an improved ride.
- A new cold air intake: this will feed your engine cooler, denser air, which will keep it happy as well as boosting its performance.
All three tweaks are plausible to do yourself – all you need is a little know how and the right equipment. Alternatively, your local garage hopefully shouldn’t charge you too much for the pleasure.
Unfortunately, none of the upgrades mentioned in this article will make the traffic subside or the journeys any shorter. However, with these improvements in place, you can at least sit comfortable in the knowledge that your car will be running more efficiently, and that should mean more money in your pocket come the end of the year, plus a smoother ride.
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