If you’re driving an older car and are not ready to let it go, especially if it’s in great condition and you’re rather fond of it (many people, after all, treat their cars like people; and some even give their cars names), you’re hardly alone. Besides, holding on to an old car that still does the job saves you money in the long run, especially if you will need to take out a loan to get a new one.
So if you’ve decided to keep driving your seven- or ten-year-old car until the day it finally gives out, you can channel your money instead on upgrading it with new technology that will improve your driving and vehicle ownership experience.
Here are 6 ways to do it:
1. Portable night vision camera
If you’re often out at night, you need help getting a clear view of the road to avoid hitting a pedestrian or an animal that you won’t notice otherwise. Purchase a portable night vision camera—which will give you better visibility in low-light conditions.
2. Blind spot monitoring
Blind-spot monitoring is an advanced driver assistance system (ADAS), which is a group of electronic technologies designed to assist drivers in driving and parking. This particular technology alerts you when a vehicle is in your blind spot when changing lanes. This is made possible by sensors attached to the inside of the rear bumper to relay a warning sound or a flashing LED light.
3. Tire pressure monitor
The tire pressure monitor keeps you informed on the real-time pressure of your tires. This prompts you to act when you need to, to make sure you’re driving with the correct pressure in your tires. In turn, it ensures your safety, helps minimize the wear in your tires, and increases your car’s fuel economy. When the monitor detects low pressure, a warning light will show on the gauge display.
4. Head-up display
A head-up display (HUD) unit goes on top of your dash and projects information onto either a clear built-in display screen or the windshield. The information displayed includes driver information such as car speed, navigation, and mileage. Having this vital information directly in the driver’s line of sight helps ensure safety and allows for better planning.
5. Fog lights
Fog lights keep your car visible even if visibility is less than 100 meters. However, take note of the following: Fog lights won’t allow you to see farther up the road if the road is foggy; you’ll need your main lights. This simple rule on when to use your fog lights also applies: If you cannot see the taillights on the car ahead of you, it’s time to turn on the fog lights.
6. Air suspension
The air suspension is used in place of the coil springs with air springs, which can be either rubber or plastic bags inflated to a certain height and pressure to imitate the coil springs. The air suspension helps improve the quality of your ride. Cars with air suspension often feel like they “glide” over bumps—which is not something you can expect from traditional spring suspension.
A car that’s properly taken care of can give you years and years. In return, make sure it’s upgraded with modern technology that keeps you safe on the road and gives you a driving experience that could rival that with a brand-new car.
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