Thursday, January 8, 2015

Top 5 Accessories For Small Cars

Small cars can be great for a number of reasons, but they do have their limitations, mostly on space and power. Here are five of my favorite accessories that will help you get the most out of your your small vehicle.

5. Trailer Hitch
Trailer hitch

While most small cars have limited towing capacity, a trailer hitch gives you the freedom to pull a small trailer or use a host of cargo-carrying accessories, such as a cargo rack or bike carrier, on the hitch. Trailer hitches are great ways to increase the versatility of your small car.

4. Roof Rack
Roof rack

Roof racks are great for carrying all kinds of things including skis and snowboards, kayaks, and bikes. A roof rack plus a basket or cargo box can add lots of space for camping trips or jaunts to the hardware store. Also be sure to get accessories to secure the load, such as ratchet straps, bungee cords, or tie-downs.

3. Good Lighting
LED lights

One of the best things you can do to be seen (and to see) on or off the roads is to have good overall lighting. Whether that's having upgraded blubs in your headlights, adding a set of fog lights, or just making sure your old headlights are bright and clear, since we're smaller than other cars, being able to see well—and be seen well—should be a priority. 

2. Upgraded Suspension Parts
Suspension upgrades

Upgrading your suspension is a great addition to any small car. Because while most small cars aren't fast in a straight line, they are nimble in the twisties. And there isn't a much better way to enhance your small car's performance than by making it handle better. Remember: If you can't get 'em in the straightaways, get 'em in the corners. 

1. The Right Tires

Good tires

With their low weights, small cars can really benefit from the correct tires. Whether you're looking for sticky summer tires, traction from winter tires, or a better ride from a touring tire, if you're on road or off, lowered or lifted, selecting the right rolling stock for your small ride can greatly improve its performance depending on your handling priorities. 

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