It’s that time of year again – Christmas! While you may have already started your shopping for gifts for your loved ones, Audi dealer Vindis are on hand to offer a little bit of advice if you’re struggling to think of what to get a motoring enthusiast.
A dash cam
Nowadays, a dashboard camera is a gadget that every driver should be looking to place in their vehicle.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.
This gadget can also save the recipient money in the long run. This is because some insurance companies now offer substantial savings on car insurance premiums for drivers who state they have dash cams fitted in their vehicle.
However, be careful and make sure you choose a dash cam with a high-quality image spec. 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 should also be considered, as 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 many new cars already come with parking sensors, those that don’t can still include the 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.
Forza Horizon 4
If your recipient is a gamer, treat them to Forza Horizon 4 for the Xbox One. 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.
IGN claim that the “open-world racing has never looked as good as it does in Forza Horizon 4”, while USGamersay 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”, so you can safely know that you’re buying someone a high-quality game to enjoy for hours on end.
Track day experience
Get their adrenaline pumping by purchasing them 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 particular daredevils, it’s worth looking 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
If a quiet jaunt is more their cup of tea, why not treat them to a National Trust membership instead? 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.
Ideally for motoring enthusiasts, the membership grants free parking in most of the National Trust car parks too.
So, there you have it. A quick few tips on what to get the motoring enthusiast in your life this Christmas!