Whether you’re driving across the state or across the country, long road trips can be a real hassle to deal with if you don’t have the proper vehicular equipment. Consider the following three car accessories that can help make road trips less of a burden, so that you’ll have more usable storage space, more stuff you can bring along, and less likelihood of getting lost at a critical moment during your trip.
If you’re an avid cyclist and can’t go anywhere without your bicycle, you know how difficult it can be to try and contort your bike to fit in the backseat of your car. Unlike trucks or SUVs which have substantially more usable interior space, passenger cars are lucky to be able to fit in even one bicycle into the trunk or backseat. To avoid the hassle of squeezing your bicycle in the backseat, or the possibility of damaging your bike by doing so, consider using a rear-attached bike carrier. Perfect for stacking several bikes securely on your vehicle’s exterior, a bike carrier will help you free up room inside your car, and will keep your bike safely attached even at highway speeds.
Though a bike carrier can help you stack your bike outside your car for road trips, a carrier can only hold bikes. With a roof rack, you can dramatically increase the amount of storage space in your car, by moving much of that storage space actually to the outside of your car. Easily secured to the roof of your vehicle, a roof rack can hold suitcases, crates, and just about anything else you can imagine. Just make sure you strap it on tightly so it doesn’t fall off on the interstate!
This last accessory is as useful to passenger car drivers as it is to truck and SUV drivers, but it’s important to include anyway just because of how much it can be of help. Many drivers have faced a situation where they’ve been lost, and have been unable to find their way back onto the route they need to be on to get to their final destinations. With a GPS unit, getting lost is much less likely. With satellite-fed directions and helpful features such as traffic reports and map updates, a GPS unit is a road traveler’s dream accessory and no one should drive more than an hour or two away without one.