Passing your driving test and securing a licence is a big moment that should be celebrated. For a teenager, it’s likely to be one of their proudest accomplishments on the way to adulthood.
We think they would be much more grateful for a ‘congratulations’ gift that actually has a purpose, and will genuinely be useful. So, instead of getting that ‘Caution: New Driver’ t-shirt that you were looking at, consider this…
Here’s our pick for the top 5 gift ideas:
5: Bluetooth Transmitter
When a teenager purchases their first car, there is always the risk that it finds its way into a country lane ditch after becoming a bit too confident. Because of this, the first car is usually an old banger; your typical Corsa’s, Fiesta’s, Clio’s, 208’s, etc.
The problem with these types of cars is that their age is reflected in the interior tech. Older cars didn’t have Bluetooth connectivity, and it wasn’t until around 2005 that cars started getting aux ports. So, unless they are happy listening to the radio for the foreseeable future, the only option is a Bluetooth transmitter. They plug into the vehicle's cigarette lighter and can be connected to your phone via Bluetooth. Now they can wirelessly listen to their own music and answer phone calls with their car’s outdated system.
4: Dash Cam
A dash cam is one of those purchases that you most likely won’t need, but on the odd chance that you do need it you will be so glad you bought one! Dash cams are extremely useful for finding out who was at fault in an accident. If there was an accident with no witnesses and neither takes responsibility, it will be one person's word against the others. They are also useful for other drivers; if you happen to witness an accident your dash cam recording will act as proof of what occurred. You can get a very good quality dash cam at a fairly low cost these days, so we think it is a must-have for a new driver.
3: Sat Nav
When you get in your new car for the first time, all you want to do is drive and explore for as long as you possibly can. That is why a sat nav is the perfect companion, as long as your maps are up to date there is nowhere that the sat nav can’t take you to. You also have lots of different options when it comes to choosing the route, whether it be the fastest, shortest distance, or avoiding motorways and tolls etc.
Your new driver will most likely be exploring a lot of new places, so it would make sense that they have access to a sat nav so that they don’t get lost. Whether you are looking for a budget sat nav or a more expensive option, the selection to choose from is massive.
2: Car Care Products
If they (or you) have spent a significant amount of their hard-earned money on their first car, no doubt it is their pride and joy. So, naturally it should be kept in the best condition possible. If this is the case, a selection of car care products would be the obvious solution for a gift.
The ‘Rimblades Full Valet Bundle’ includes everything you’ll ever need to take care of your vehicle; the perfect gift for any motor enthusiast. Take a look here! Included in the bundle are the following:
- Ceramic Car Shampoo (500ml)
- Ceramic Detailer (500ml)
- Glass Cleaner (500ml)
- Alloy Wheel Cleaner (PH neutral) (500ml)
- Multi-Cleaner (500ml)
1: Alloy Protection
There are 3 things that are certain in life; death, taxes and a new driver curbing their alloys. Prepare for the inevitable and get the newly passed driver the gift of alloy protection! Depending on the wheel, professionally refurbishing the damage of kerbing your alloys will cost you at least £50 per wheel. Even if you have your alloys refurbished, there is always the risk that it happens again and you have to pay all over again.
Designed to fit around your alloy rims, creating a colourful and durable protective layer that prevents your alloys from kerb damage, Rimblades are the ideal solution and the perfect gift for a new driver. You can have a look at our range here!