Chances are if you’ve snapped up one of the many 7 seater cars on the market, you will have a small army of little ones, a large family or just generally prefer having a bigger car that offers the possibility of carrying more stuff or people around in.
So now you’ve got the car you’re after, all you need to do is equip it with all the bits and bobs needed to make it a truly super motor.
Boring, but most essential things first. If you haven’t already got one, you will really need to look at investing in a Warning Triangle and safety kit. For further peace of mind you may even want to look at getting a fire extinguisher too.
If you have a pet, then you may also want to invest in a dog guard, especially if you have a long drive ahead of you.
Finally, child seats are a must if you do have an army of young ones, but you’ll probably know that already!
Car manufacturers are so on the ball now, that they even know you’ll probably want to invest in an air freshener, especially if you’re towing around young ones – some will offer a built in option, or alternatively you can just pick up an air freshener from one of the many stores selling them.
Other great things for general comfort include blinds and sun blinds to stop the glare of the sun disrupting your little cherubs from their videogames, or if you’re lucky, their mid drive siestas.
Kids and big kids can also benefit from the range of multimedia accessories available.
The obvious add on to look at is a navigation device, although nowadays some car models will have this built in if you plump for a luxurious enough model. For most of us though, this will be an accessory worth looking into. This makes sense when you think about it, the sat nav will give you a larger screen to utilise than the map services provided by an Android or Apple device and it also will flag up speed limits and other essential things, something you will often need to invest in apps wise if you stick to your mobile.
Big kids may also be interested in portable hands free kits to talk while driving, this can keep the little ones happy as well as they can talk to gran while on the way there, even though they don’t have a phone to hand! Good for you as you get to keep your swanky smartphone out of their no doubt crisp and sweet covered mitts for a bit!
Finally for the little kids, there are plenty of DVD or multimedia options available to fit in the car. Nowadays with tablets and things though, you can always look at giving them one of these to play about with, obviously these won’t sit snuggly in the headrest like the specially fitted ones, but it is a viable alternative.
There are also a whole host of other accessories to improve your vehicle. For people getting away on holidays or day trips quite often, a luggage compartment net or luggage compartment tray could prove to be invaluable. Whereas for people who have a caravan or trailer, a tow bar will be just the job. Finally, for active families things like roof bars and bike carriers provide extra space to store your bikes, surfboards or just any extra luggage you may have.
Louisa Jenkins is an automotive blogger. She specializes in blogging on family cars and cars for big families such as 7 seater cars as well as offering people advice on what car is right for them.