The festive season is almost upon us once again. If you’ve started your shopping, but find yourself stuck on what to buy someone who is a keen motoring fan, then let Audi dealership Vindis run you through some great gift ideas…
A dash cam
One piece of technology that every driver should seriously think about having in their car is a dashboard camera. This is because they can produce high-quality video footage while a motorist is getting from A to B, which could then be used to prove exactly what happened in the event of a road incident and protect someone from false insurance claims.
Purchasing this piece of tech for a motoring enthusiast can even help them save money in the long-run. This is due to the fact that some insurance companies now offer substantial savings on car insurance premiums for drivers who state they have dash cams fitted in their vehicle.
However, if you’re looking at dash cams, make sure you buy one that is high quality. Some devices on the market record such poor footage that the shots are unable to be used when making a case that a driver isn’t to blame after a road incident.
You’ll also require your dash cam purchase to offer GPS location tracking. This element will enable motorists to pinpoint exactly where they were at the time a road incident took place. G-force sensors which save moments of high G-force automatically are also recommended, as well as a parking mode that sees the gadget begin to record footage without a human prompt if it senses a collision or impact while a vehicle is parked up.
If a car doesn’t come with parking sensors, it’s possible to buy them as an add-on. Say hello to the EchoMaster Rear Parking Display System. Made up of four matt black sensors, which blend in perfectly with the majority of black bumpers but can be fully painted too, the system also includes a colour display and buzzers so that those behind the wheel have a better understanding about how close they are to objects when carrying out a parking manoeuvre.
Those potentially embarrassing moments in car parks and ugly scuffs on a car’s paintwork can be nullified for motorists who make use of this tech.
Forza Horizon 4
If the person you are shopping for has always dreamt of being a racing driver, then look into Xbox One’s Forza Horizon 4. The latest open-world racing game from Playground Games, players will be able to compete in a huge number of single-player and multiplayer races and so many more challenges whilst collecting 450 cars from 100 licensed manufacturers. For Brits though, arguably the most appealing aspect of the game is that it’s all set in the United Kingdom — drivers could very well have many moments of thinking “I know this spot” as they race past Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland, through various villages and towns which make up the Cotswolds, across the Scottish capital Edinburgh, and so many more recognisable locations.
The game was described as: “open-world racing has never looked as good as it does in Forza Horizon 4” by IGN, while USGamer pointed out that the title “is one of a handful of showcase games that truly ought to sell you on an Xbox One X and a 4K TV”. Therefore, you know you’re buying someone a high-quality game that they’ll enjoy for hours too.
Track day experience
If you want to give them an adrenaline rush, buy them a thrilling driving experience. You have so many options to choose from throughout the UK. Mercedes-Benz World in Surrey has both track and off-road experiences available, for instance, which take place on the iconic Brooklands motor racing circuit and a 10-acre terrain respectively. Meanwhile, the Platinum Supercar Thrill gives motorists the chance to get behind the wheel of some of the world’s most exotic supercars and put pedal to the metal for two laps of the famous Goodwood Racing Circuit.
For the real daredevils out there, why not look at the Paul Swift Ultimate Stunt Driving Experience? Held at the home of British F1, Silverstone, this experience sees seven-time British Motorsport champion and Top Gear’s stunt driver, Paul Swift, teaching drivers all about stunt driving. Your friend or loved one will be completing 360-degree handbrake turns, J-turns and so many more pulse-pounding manoeuvres before they know it.
A National Trust membership
However, if the intended recipient isn’t an adrenaline junkie, a National Trust membership could be the answer. By becoming a member of the National Trust, they’ll gain free entry to more than 500 special places situated through England, Wales and Northern Ireland — including a raft of historic houses and castles — as well as heritage sites in Scotland which are looked after by the National Trust for Scotland. The membership can even be used further afield than the British Isles, as the card grants access to awe-inspiring locations in destinations like Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Canada, Italy, Malta, New Zealand, and Zimbabwe.
It’s also worth noting that there is also free parking at most locations too.
Hopefully you will now have a better idea of possible gifts which relate to motoring. Have a wonderful Christmas!