Driving is both a luxury and a daily necessity for many, but as much as you may be dreaming of a shiny new set of wheels, a brand new vehicle every three years isn't always affordable. It may be that you are driving a slightly older vehicle to save costs, or you may just like the car you drive and relish being finance-free. Either way, one of the main drawbacks is missing out on all the latest features. With each new model release, manufacturers are coming up with new and improved features to enhance safety, comfort and style. The good news is, you don't have to be left out - there are a whole host of add-on features that you can add to your car to make it a better driving experience. Most are easy to install and may even prove a wise investment if you come to sell the car on at a later point. Here are the top picks… Add a Head Unit One of the main great features on most new cars are the addition of a large display screen on the dashboard. This displays GPS mapping, media information and telephone details, but these can easily be purchased and installed on older cars. They can upgrade your DBS radio with display capabilities, a touch screen, Bluetooth connection and link to navigation software, and will really make long trips better.
Style on four wheels. Image licensed under Creative Commons. Style Up Your Plates One surefire way to make a statement of individuality is with personal plates. They can give your vehicle that personalised impact while also masking its age - plus, personalised number plates are often a shrewd investment as they can be sold on to other owners at a later date. Fit A Bluetooth Transmitter If your car doesn't come with inbuilt connectivity, you can add it on with a Bluetooth transmitter, which will allow you to stream music and sat nav directions from your phone, as well as taking calls. Wouldn't that road trip or daily commute be better with a custom playlist? You can also use a voice assistant function on your phone to carry out hands-free actions. Adapters are small and easy to fit into a current radio system. Get On Wi-Fi If you're draining data on the move by using map applications on your phone or keeping the kids entertained with streaming movies on the iPad, you could do with the very modern convenience of in-car Wi-Fi. Turn your car into a hotspot by inserting a dongle device into your car, leaving your passengers free to surf the net. Monthly fees do vary, so make sure to shop around and compare Wi-Fi providers to make sure you're getting the best deal. Install A ‘Heads Up’ Display Aftermarket installation of ‘Heads Up’ displays are now available for a relatively small cost. These work by using a device to make a projection of relevant information, such as speed or directions, projected onto the front windscreen as a transparent display to avoid drivers having to lower their gaze to look at the dashboard. Pioneered on newer models from luxury brands such as Audi and Mercedes-Benz, you can also opt to have one installed in your current vehicle with a transparent screen that fits the top of the dashboard. If that isn't space age, then what is?