Supercharge your Vauxhall with these in-car gadgets

2014 Vauxhall Astra GTC

It’s safe to say that Vauxhall is one of the most popular cars on Britain’s roads.

Whether it’s an Astra, Corsa, Vectra or Zafira, we’re head over heels with the Luton-based manufacturer’s crop, as we make fuel efficiency and lower insurance bands our top priorities.

In fact, the Corsa and Astra hatchbacks both featured in the top 10 of the UK’s bestselling cars, with the popularity of the supermini – not to mention their cost effectiveness – continuing unabated.

However, opting for a humble Vauxhall needn’t necessarily mean skimping on gadgets.

Look around any dealership and you’ll find a veritable smorgasbord of models with built-in Bluetooth, satnav, heated windscreens, and a whole host of other handy contraptions …

… but it’s not enough.

While your car will remain in good nick for four, five, six years and beyond, its technology quickly becomes outdated, which is why we’ve compiled a list of some of the must have gadgets on the market …

Radar Detectors

When you’re cruising the UK’s highways and byways, it’s sometimes easy to switch off and forget about those pesky speed cameras or traffic police armed with laser guns – but kitting out your motor with a radar detector should stop speeding tickets from hurtling towards your letterbox.

All you need to do is attach the device to your dashboard or windscreen, and the unit detects radar and laser signals in less than 500 milliseconds. Importantly, however, be sure to choose a device that works abroad if you plan to take your motor to the continent.

Digital Breathalyser

Admittedly, getting behind the wheel of your motor after a few drinks is a definite no-no, but if you’ve perhaps been out the night before and want to find out whether you’re fine to drive, a digital breathalyser stashed in your vehicle is a great idea.

The Alcosense Lite breathalyser, for example, claims to return accuracy akin to that of devices used by the police, but it’s not advisable to use this as a definitive guide. The best solution? Don’t drive if you feel you may still be over the limit. Simple.

Dual USB Car Charger

Sometimes, it’s the simple things in life that make us happiest – and a dual USB car charger is a perfect example. Designed to give your smartphone, MP3 player or other gadgets some much needed juice, this device plugs straight into your car’s cigarette lighter.

Best of all, if you’re on a long journey with irritable kids in the back, it’ll keep them from whinging too loudly if their tablets run out of battery, allowing you to keep your eyes on the road and prevent a child-sized foot kicking the back of your chair out of boredom.


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