The Best Car Features For A Stress-Free Family Road Trip

With COVID-19 lockdown restrictions provisionally set to ease over the next few months, minds are once again starting to dream of the possibility of adventures. Last summer we saw a rise in the number of Brits opting for a staycation within the UK, and that trend isn’t showing any signs of slowing down.

After spending so long unable to make any plans, the idea of packing up the car with weekend essentials and hitting the road with the family in tow sounds idyllic to many. However, if previous road trips have been plagued by a hectic journey, you might want to take a look at our list of the best car features for a stress-free drive.

Air conditioning 

If like us you’re praying for good weather this summer, you’re going to want a car with air conditioning. Isn’t there a famous quote that tells us that it isn’t about the destination, so much as the journey itself? Well, that is only true if you’re able to keep your cool behind the wheel. 

Sat nav

If you have a destination in mind for your road trip you’re going to want to know how to get there! Whether your car has built-in navigation, or you buy a plug in sat nav, we recommend that you plan your route including possible rest stops and take full advantage of an up-to-date navigation system. 

Fast-charging USB points

A fast-charging USB adaptor comes in really handy on any long road trip and a decent one can be bought for anywhere between £10-£25. Depending on the wattage capabilities of the one you opt for, small gaming consoles, tablets and notebooks can be charged, as well as mobile phones.

Handsfree tailgate

A powered tailgate is one of those things you probably never knew you needed. But trust us when we say that it’s a great stress reducing car feature. Everyone has struggled to open the boot while juggling too many bags. Load the car ready for your trip more easily with a click of a button or a swipe of your foot to activate an electric tailgate. Simple!

Parking assistance sensors and/or cameras

After hearing the age-old ‘are we there yet? whine over and over during your journey, you finally arrive at your destination and all that’s left is to park up. Easy right? Not so much when the kids are screaming and jumping around in the back of the car in excitement. Don’t let the distraction lead to a stressful shoddy parking job, allow sensors or a camera to assist with a swift, precise park. If you’re looking to update your car when lockdown ends ready for your next road trip, why not find out how much you could earn for your old vehicle here


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