One of the wonderful things about car interiors is that despite how many hours and how much money the designers poured into painstakingly blending the shapes, textures and colours that make the whole thing up, you don't have to keep it that way at all. It's your car, and so if you don't like the way it looks, then you can change it! As an added bonus, the many and varied interior accessories that are available to enhance and modify your car, can be much more than aesthetic - most of the accessories you can deck your car out have very useful purposes. From more comfort, better looks, to increased safety, and even just a lovely smell - there are countless different ways that you can modify the interior of your car, and in this article we will have a little look at a few of the possibilities.
Taking pride of place right in front of you, your steering wheel is the primary way that you interact with your car. Through it, not only do you direct the car, but you feel the road that you're driving on too. It stands to reason that you'd want your steering wheel to provide superior grip, and let you steer your car with ease and comfort. Not to mention, that it should be good to look at, since it's right there in front of you all the time! Aftermarket steering wheels offer you all of this, with a variety of shapes, materials, diameters and thicknesses to choose from. Smaller diameter steering wheels make for less hand movement for each revolution, in turn making it easier to steer and the thicker the wheel, the easier it is to grip. There are also different depths available - moving the grip of the wheel closer to you, the deeper they are. To affix an aftermarket steering wheel to your car, you'll usually require an adapter called a Boss Kit. These adapters are easy to install, requiring minimal tools, and they come equipped with everything you need to ensure that your horn works the way it should too.
Aftermarket shift knobs are a neat and simple way to both enhance the look of your centre console, and to improve your gear shifting. They are usually very simple to install and offer a variety of styles and shapes that can make your gear lever far easier to operate, all the while making it look cool. As well as the knob itself, you can also switch out your shifter boot for an aftermarket option, which can really spruce up a tired interior, or enhance the factory look.
Aftermarket pedals are an accessory that provide both style and safety, since they can vastly improve your grip when depressing the brakes, clutch and throttle. There are stylish options available, as well as simple rubber, factory-style replacements. Pedals are easy to install and fit almost any vehicle - with options for manual cars as well as autos.
Below your pedals, and similarly improving both style as well as safety are floor mats. It mightn't seem like much, but an errant floor mat can actually get wedged under your pedals - compromising your safety by preventing their proper operation. For this reason it's a good idea to replace any loose and worn floor mats with new ones that stay in place. Good floor mats can also provide grip for your heel when pressing your pedals, and they will protect the carpet underneath them from dirt and damage. Floor mats come in a variety of materials and designs, and are usually shaped to fit each footwell snugly.
As with floor mats, a good reason for fitting aftermarket seat covers is to protect the upholstery in your car. As well as this though, aftermarket seat covers can provide extra comfort on long drives, as well as tidy up the look of your interior. From soft and comfortable sheepskin covers and stylish fitted covers, to simple and durable covers for protection, or even covers that are designed to protect your interior from pet fur - there is a massive range of seat covers to choose from, with different types offering different benefits.
If your dashboard is cracked, or you'd like to make sure it never does, then a dashboard mat is a great idea. Designed to fit most popular car models, they are made from resilient and non-reflective materials so not only do they protect your dashboard from the sun, but they protect your eyes too.
One accessory that is quite often overlooked, but is one of the most critical safety features of your car, is your seat belt. Aftermarket seat belts are designed to meet all of the required safety standards, and offer a safe and easy way to replace your sun-damaged or frayed originals. There are also seat belt buddies which are loops of soft material that add comfort to your seatbelts where they sit against your shoulder.
There are many other different ways that you can equip the interior of your car to enhance its looks, comfort, usability and safety, such as cup holders, air fresheners, phone holders, steering wheel covers, window shades and more. There are accessories specifically for travelling with children or pets, and if you use your vehicle off road, or are likely to take it racing, there are safety accessories like fire extinguishers, first aid kits and storage containers. The range of options is so vast, that it'd be nigh on impossible to cover it all in one article, but needless to say - if you want to personalise your car, make it easier to use, or simply protect its interior, you most assuredly can!
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