- Engine immobilizer/Anti theft gadgets: Many modern cars come with engine immobilizers and anti theft features but for older cars one needs to install an after market product. Most of the after market customers use (NIPPON, AUTOCOP, etc). There is no way to make your car completely theft proof but the objective is to make it tough for the thief to steal your car.(steering locks, gear lock, GPS tracker, etc can also be used).
- Tracking device: A tracking device is useful if you have a chauffeur driven car or it may also come in handy if your car is stolen. Many modern devices use GPS and you can find the current location of your car from any web browser. There are many devices available in the market ranging from 2000-15000 rupees.
- Insurance: Well its not a small amount to pay but it's totally worth it. I hope nobody gets to claim their insurance money but they may come in handy during unpredictable situations such as theft, fire, accident, major repairs, etc.
- Hands free phone / Bluetooth audio: As basic as it may seem but talking or texting while driving is dangerous it has claimed 16,000 lives in India from the past year. Hence if you have no other option but answer that call use hands free mode or connect your phone to your car and eyes on the road.
- 180° Rear View Mirror: It has a 180° field of view compared to the standard mirrors that provides only 52°, provides the reflection of rear vehicles across an entire five-lane highway, and allows you to continuously monitor adjacent vehicles from the moment they begin to pass until they are visible. It clamps to your existing rear view mirror and reduces the headlight glare of trailing vehicles by 50%
- Safety hammer: Well you may wonder as to why you need a safety hammer but point is in case of a fire or a drowning situation there is a huge risk of the electrical devices failing and your central locking may stop working in those cases you can use a hammer or any other tool to break open the windows. If nothing can be found use the head rest of the front seats, the metal rods can do the job of breaking the windows.
- Seat-belt cutter: A seatbelt cutter may also come handy for the same above reason in case of a fire the electrical's may not work and your seatbelt may not open hence a seatbelt cutter would be a life saver.
- Emergency phone charger: Although you most certainly shouldn’t be driving while using your mobile phone, you should make sure that you can use it in emergency situations. Due to Murphy’s law you can bet that your phone’s battery will die the moment your car breaks down or you have an emergency.Emergency phone chargers are available from petrol stations, gadget shops and motoring supply shops. They come with adaptors to fit most phones and can supply over an hour of charge; more than enough to phone your insurance company.
- Breakdown/emergency kit: Most car companies offer convenient kits containing everything you need in case of a breakdown neatly packed into a carry case. The kits contain essentials like jump leads, a tow rope, warning triangle and tyre pump inside, ensuring that you’re prepared for practically anything.
- Daytime running lamps: Daytime running lamps or DRLs are pairs of small lights on the front of the car which are always illuminated while the car is moving.They make your car more conspicuous, decreasing the chances of being involved in an accident. You can pick up an aftermarket set for under 600 rupees.
- Car fire extinguisher: Car fires are common these days, as we had seen a Lamborghini on fire in Delhi, Tata nano's, and many other cars. Despite its make and Reliability be it a German car or Indian, cars are prone to fire the main reason to it are the after market electrical gadgets which are installed by amateurs may cause short circuits. In very few cases carelessly fitted CNG tanks are also a reason to these fires.
- Blind spot mirror: no matter how good your car is it always has a blind spot in the mirror, To eliminate this we can use a blind spot mirror which makes the surroundings more visible. It is crucial in India to have one as there are bikers everywhere and this makes lane changes easy. It is also useful to park in reverse as even the rear Tyre area would be visible to the driver.
- Reverse parking camera: Unlike the radar/sonar sensors on the rear bumper a Reverse parking camera would be a lot helpful while parking under tight spots. On the downside though you need a viewing device either a LCD screen or a mirror integrated screen .
- Better lighting: As your car comes with suitable headlights with a standard headlight bulb rating set by your manufacturer, For some drivers it may be uncomfortable / less powerful in terms of brightness. In these situations you can upgrade to projector headlamps or improve your bulbs to a rating of 90/100 watts.
(NOTE: IF YOU UPGRADE TO 90/100 WATT BULBS DO ADD A EXTRA CUTOUT WIRING KIT AS THE STOCK WIRES MAY NOT HANDLE THAT TEMPERATURE AND MAY RESULT IN MELTING OF WIRE FOLLOWED BY A SHORT CIRCUIT / YOUR MAY HAVE A BLOWN FUSE).Also take note no matter what light you use avoid High beams it may obstruct the visibility of the opposite driver and worse case scenario he may be heading straight towards you.
- Self Defense: It is always good to be road smart "BRAINS OVER BRAWN". Indian roads are a place where many mishaps and all sorts of negative occurrences take place. Either a road block set up by a local gang on a remote road or something huge like a protest in your city you always need to be road smart. Keep handy objects to protect you, i don't mean an AK-47 but some things like pepper spray, wheel spanner, or anything that can protect u but make sure its non lethal and just use it to scare wrong doers rather than assaulting them.
Please do wear seat belts at all times and opt for cars that have more than 2 airbags and abs as standard. Most of the modern cars have sophisticated features and gizmos but it's always advised to be safe on our part.
On that bombshell i sign off thank you for reading