Your car rolled off the assembly line looking identical to the one next to it. It probably didn’t stay that way for long.
If you’re like us, you tricked out your set of wheels a little. Or a lot.
Maybe you had to. The radar detector is a must, especially when you’re driving through Virginia, where they’re illegal. (Do we unplug ours? No.) Ditto for the toll transponder. (We have both EZ Pass and SunPass.)
Perhaps it was an aesthetic decision. You absolutely had to have that set of dice hanging from the mirror, or the graduation tassel. Then again, maybe you’re utilitarian: without the GPS navigation system, you’d be lost.
We’ve taken it a step farther, a fun little fact our friends at Hertz know too well. We customize our rental car, too. If you travel as much as we do, I’m sure you’d do the same thing.
Here are our three must-haves:
The radar detector. We’ve kept a Rocky Mountain Radar device on the dashboard since we picked up our first one about 15 years back. It’s not because we speed — we gave that up for Lent — or that we want to break the law. When you’re traveling through a new city there’s a comfort in knowing when the cops are around. Just keep in mind, there are some places where you need to be a little bit discreet. Here are a list of states.
The GPS directions. Does anybody travel without a GPS navigation device anymore? We usually get Neverlost with our Hertz rental or bring a Garmin Nuvi but in a pinch we can always use our iPhones. (We still love ya, Apple.) As a backup, I pack a Rand McNally atlas in the trunk. We’ve had to use it a time or two, and are always glad it’s there, just in case.
Hula Girl. I know it’s a bit cliche, but when we visited Hawaii last year, I picked up a dashboard Hula Girl for our car. Since then she’s not only been seen in our car but travels with us everywhere we go (see video, above). Hula Girl is more than our good luck charm. She’s always happily bobbling on the dashboard, reminding us of that Aloha spirit we love, and gosh, she’s so cute. Every car should have one!
How do you trick out your car? And have you ever customized a rental car? All confessions will be taken, and don’t worry, Hula girl has heard it all before. She won’t be offended if you leave her at home, although our six-year-old daughter says her friend will cry if you don’t take her along. Now that’s serious.
So here’s a question for you. If you had to choose just one accessory, which one would it be?