Get your kit out! Summer essentials for your motor

Make sure your car's got the latest tech

By Nick Francis Published

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THE cold weather is way behind us now, which means it’s time to load up your wagon and hit the road.

Whether you’re discovering what Great Britain has on offer or tackling a longer jaunt into Europe, it’s well worth kitting the car out with the essentials.

We’re not talking about high-vis vests and breathalyser kits, but the latest entertainment gadgetry that’s guaranteed to kill any squabbling that breaks out in the rear seats.

Pure Highway 400 In-car DAB Radio - £129

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This simple device takes around 15 minutes to install and pipes an array of digital radio stations into your head unit. Plus it syncs up to smart- phones and tablets via Bluetooth, so acts as a huge online music and podcast library.

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Handpresso Auto E.S.E - £139

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Why get coffee-flavoured water at lay-by vans when you could brew an espresso from your car? Just fill this with water, plug it into the 12V power outlet, add a coffee pod and get a rich espresso brewed in the traditional high-pressured manner.

Amazon Fire Kids Edition - £99.99

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Includes a year’s access to thousands of books, apps, games and TV shows.

Parents can limit time on the tablet and block access to adult material. The case withstands drops and spills.

Amazon will replace a unit broken in the first two years.

Garmin Babycam - £159.99

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Travelling with kids can be a nightmare, as parents in the front must often turn around to deal with babies or diffuse squabbles. The Babycam beams live footage to a number of Garmin products, so front passengers can keep an eye on the rear.

Halfords Solar Power Bank - £15

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This brilliant charger can top up an iPhone two or three times on one charge. The latest solar technology keeps the on-board battery constantly charged even in overcast conditions so tablets, phones and other tech are topped up for free.

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