Once again, it’s Christmas time. Whether you’re a fan of the festive period or not, it’s still a special time of year in which we tend to exchange gifts with our friends and loved ones. But, what happens if you’re stuck on what to buy a motoring enthusiast in your life? Vindis, who have Audi dealerships, are on hand to offer a few fantastic gift ideas…
A dash cam
A dashboard camera is becoming increasingly popular with motorists.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.
If you gift someone this, then chances are you’ll even save them money. This is because some insurance companies offer substantial savings on car insurance premiums for drivers who state they have dash cams fitted in their vehicle.
Be wary when you look for a dash cam though as it’s crucial that the quality is of a high standard.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.
GPS location tracking is also a setting you’ll be wanting to be present on a dash cam. 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.
While most brand-new cars now already have technology designed, older cars don’t. However, drivers who don’t have these features on their vehicles needn’t worry about missing out any longer.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.
Motorists who make use of this technology will be able to avoid embarrassing moments in car parks and ugly scuffs on a car’s paintwork.
Forza Horizon 4
If your intended recipient has always dreamt of being a racing driver, satisfy their desires by buying them Forza Horizon 4 on the X Box. 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.
You know that the game is high quality thanks to IGN stating that “open-world racing has never looked as good as it does in Forza Horizon 4” and USGamer pointing 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”.
Track day experience
Get their adrenaline really pumping by purchasing a 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 any extreme daredevils, then look into 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 high-speed driving isn’t their cup of tea, why not treat them to a National Trust membership instead?
They’ll gain free entry to more than 500 special places situated through England, Wales and Northern Ireland when they become a member — 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.
Also, a bonus for motoring enthusiasts to be aware of it the fact that National Trust memberships allow for free parking to the majority of National Trust car parks too.
Hopefully this little run-down has helped you to find the perfect present for the motoring enthusiast in your life. Have a wonderful Christmas!