Making the most of a long drive with in-car tech – Halfords

Long drives. Some of us love them, some of us tolerate them and some of us switch our opinions depending on who are passengers are. However you feel, you’re probably going to find yourself making a long drive from time to time so why not make the most of it? We reckon these top tech products can help you do just that.

Navigation

Find the most direct and traffic-free route with a sat nav. TomTom and Garmin are two of the top names in this field and our picks are the TomTom GO Basic 5” Sat Nav and the Garmin DriveSmart 65.

As its names suggests, the TomTom GO Basic is one of the best entry-level sat navs on the market. Wi-fi enabled, with fast updates and phone notifications, the TomTom GO Basic also includes TomTom’s smart routing, lifetime traffic info and regular map updates. You can also benefit from the advice of other users by logging on to TomTom Roadtrips to discover new places to see along your chosen route.

The Garmin DriveSmart 65 takes things to the next level, thanks to its voice-controlled functionality that comes courtesy of Garmin and Amazon Alexa.

You can ask Alexa to play music, check the news or get the latest weather forecast, while you can ask the Garmin voice control for directions, points of interest along your route and more. Pairing a compatible smartphone can even give you hands-free calling. It’s all been designed so that you can keep your hands on the wheels and your eyes on the road.

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Safety

Protect your car and keep yourself safe on the road with a dash cam and speed camera detector. On the dash cam side of things, you can’t get much better than the Nextbase 622GW Dash Cam.

This award-winning camera provides crystal-clear 4k recordings at 30fps, 1440p HD at 60fps or 1080p HD at 120fps. It comes with features like Amazon Alexa, Super Slow Motion, Emergency SOS and Extreme Weather Mode, which provides a clear image in misty conditions (crucial for winter and night-time driving).

Add in the fact that it’s the world’s first dash cam to include what3words, which pinpoints your location to three square metres (without the need for a data connection) and will help emergency services to locate you if needed, and the 622GW is leading the way in dash cam technology.

To help you keep an eye on your speed levels and ensure you’re driving safely, we’d recommend the Road Angel Pure Touch Speed Camera Detector.

This neat little bit of kit provides live updates and information based on your GPS location, and has a built-in laser gun protection to guarantee the identification of the speed limit on even the most remote roads. Adding this to your car is a great way to ensure that you respect the road limits and stay safe out there.

Entertainment

Keep yourself and the kids entertained with a high-tech stereo and in-car DVD players. The Sony XAV-AX8050D Car Stereo is a great choice on the stereo front, with its 8.95 inch display, responsive touchscreen and host of great features. These include Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, which means you can connect your smartphone to get directions, stream music and more. There’s also a voice control option, so your voice can take on the job of choosing the next track or finding the perfect route while you concentrate on driving.

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If the stereo’s more for you then the Nextbase Car 9” Dual Portable In-Car DVD Players are more for the little passengers in your back seat. These slim-line players attached neatly to the headrests of the front seats via a headrest mount and are a perfect way to keep kids entertained.

You can play a single movie by linking the two screens together or let the kids enjoy their favourite films and TV shows individually. Best of all, the screens come with a headphone jack so you can enjoy a bit of well-earned peace and quiet!


Good luck on your long journeys and we hope some of these products help to keep you safe and engaged along the way! To check out our full range of in-car tech, visit Halfords.com.

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