Car travel and touring equipment buying guide
Sometimes you need more than just a car to help you get from A to B. We have a wide range of motoring accessories to help make your journey that much easier, from car battery chargers to trailers.
Accessories you may need
If you need a lot of extra space in order to transport something, a trailer offers a simple and safe solution. Our range of trailers are easy to assemble, going from flat-packed to on-road in around 90 minutes. Once wired up to the car, the working indicator lights will also keep your car within the law while keeping you and your cargo safe.
- Trailer cover
There is a choice of soft and hard covers to keep your luggage secure and dry.
- Roof box
If there is too much luggage to safely fit inside the car, but not enough for a trailer, a roof box is the ideal solution. Fix the roof box to the top of your car with the help of roof bars and gain an extra 300 litres of storage space.
- Bike carrier
Hooking onto the roof or the back of your car, a bike carrier can securely hold up to 3 bicycles as you travel to your destination. Most bike carriers also fold away when not in use so storing is not an issue.
- Kayak carrier
Ideal for transporting your kayak from place to place, a kayak carrier ensures your boat is securely and safely fastened to the roof of your car.
Although cars are fitted with plenty of security features, most of them are now invisible. If you want to show any potential thieves that your car is secure, a steering wheel lock or wheel clamp may make them think twice.
- Emergency travel kit
If your car breaks down, it's good to be sure you've done everything you can to stop anyone from driving into the back of you. This kit will help to keep you safe while you wait for assistance. Inside the storage bag you'll find a hazard warning triangle, first aid kit, tow rope, emergency hammer, high-visibility vest and a foot pump.
What to do when the battery is dead
There are a handful of ways to get out of trouble when your car battery is dead:
- Push start: If you've found help to push your car while you start the engine, this is a good method of getting going in an emergency.
- Jump leads: Attaching a working car battery to your dead one via jump leads should help to give your car the boost it needs to get running again.
- 12V battery charger: As this method does not require outside help, it is one of the simpler methods of getting your car going again. Simply connect the battery to the charger and it will recharge it for you.
Once you get your car started, try not to turn the engine off for a while as the battery will still be recharging. Going for a drive or leaving the engine running for a while will help make sure your engine keeps ticking over.
Driving abroad is a little different to driving in Britain, and your car needs to be prepared for the journey as much as you do.
The Good Samaritan law
In Europe, it is the law to stop and give assistance should you come across an accident on your travels. For this reason, it is a good idea to carry a fire extinguisher and first aid kit with you.
British cars are built to drive on the left hand side of the road, so the headlights are angled accordingly. When you travel overseas and drive on the right side of the road, you must change the angle of the beams so as not to dazzle other drivers. A headlamp converter changes the angle of the light from your headlights - a simple device that can save lives.
Unless your number plate has the national identify built-in, you'll need a GB sticker if you plan on driving outside of Great Britain. If you're planning to drive your car outside of the European Union you will need to display a GB sticker even if the GB code appears on your number plate.