How To Make Your ‘Dad Car’ Cool Again

When you have kids, the days of having a reasonably cool car are long over. Out are the sweet little two-seater sports cars, and it is in with the big wagons that carry kids and all the associated paraphernalia to school, daycare and the million sports and music clubs they all seem to have. We no longer go out for pleasure drives; instead, we become ‘dad’s taxi’, ferrying the kids around at their beck and call.

Does that mean we have to lose all our coolness though? Absolutely not! Our article looks at the few things you can put in or do to your ‘dad car’ to make it just a little bit cool and regain a little bit of your street cred. Read on!

 

Alloys

Even the most boring of cars can look a million times better with a set of shiny new alloys, and they are generally an inexpensive and safe way of funking up your vehicle. Visit your local car repair store – they should have a massive range for you to choose from, including matte, chrome and glossy styles. All you need to know is how big you need them and how cool you want them!

Dash cams

These are not just about making your car look good, but about keeping you and your family safe. Think about all of the videos you have seen on the internet where people have captured bad driving and crashes – often, this leads to prosecution or at the very least, gets you off the hook if you are involved in an accident that wasn’t your fault. Many insurance companies offer you a discount if you have fitted in your car. Check out Blackboxmycar for a vast range of dash cams for all kinds of needs.

Tinted windows

No, you can’t pimp your car out and have the front windows tinted because, in many places, it is illegal, but it’s okay to have the back windows done. In fact, you may find it a blessing in disguise if you have little ones in the back. They often like to nap right? Well, this will keep the back of the car darker and free from the glare of the sun.

Seat covers

Kids are messy: fact. No matter how hard you try, you will never avoid sticky fingers and crumbs all over the seats, and let’s not even get started on those toilet accidents and sickness bugs that young children are oh-so-prone to having in the most inconvenient of places. Protect your seats with a set of quality seat covers. Look for some that can be removed quickly and can be washed, prolonging the life of your car seats.

A quality sound system

Ok, so you are more likely to be found listening to the Moana soundtrack these days than Eminem, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have those tunes banging. Most standard car stereo systems are pretty low quality, so invest in a decent one for those family Disney sing-alongs!

This post is a collaborative effort by St. Louis Dad.

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Get a Jump Start This Winter

JUMP START YOUR VEHICLEHave you ever woken up in a good mood, gotten ready for work only to find out your car won’t start. Something might be up with the battery… Maybe it’s too cold or maybe you need a jump. But your car is in the garage? Or in the driveway and there is just no way for you to have another car help jump your car (which may not be safe in the first place).

This is where 1byOne comes through with an amazing little piece of tech that can really get you out of a jam if you are ever in one. Their Multi-Function Jump Starter comes with a cool case with the power bank, jumper cables, and the adapter to charge the power bank indoors and in your car. The power bank itself has an additional USB port so you can charge your phone or other USB device. It also has a flash light that is very bright and can also be set to blink in case of distress.

IMG_3068 You can jump start a car around 200 times off a full charge or you can charge your phone about 4 times off a full charge. The power bank will keep a charge for 6-12 months, but it is suggested to recharge every 6 months. That is a long time to be able to just keep this in your trunk in case you ever need a jump and are alone, or which is more common these days, nobody has cables, or wants to loan you theirs.

IMG_3070The power bank has so many uses outside of just jump starting a vehicle. The ability to charge your phone or other device several times is awesome. A lot of the other portable battery chargers that I have used in the past only get me one good charge but four in this 1byOne power bank is awesome.

For the relatively low price this device is, it is worth the investment for your car. Or even your teenagers car. I don’t think I would want my kids asking strangers for help. I would rather have them try something like this out after giving me a call. I admit I am not the best mechanic but I do know good tech products and this definitely gets my approval. With winter here I can ease my mind a little more knowing that I have this ready to go in case I need it.

You can purchase a 1byOne Multi-Function Portable Powerbank on Amazon US or Amazon UK. Also be sure to follow all of 1byOne’s social media accounts to stay up to date on their latest product offerings as well as other cool info!

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1byone.com provided St. Louis Dad with this product as compensation in exchange for an honest review. Please visit 1byone.com for more awesome products that can help make your life better!

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