What you need to get home for the big game
England face Croatia this Wednesday at 7pm in the Semi Finals – and the last thing you want is to miss it, especially since it’s been 28 years since they last got this close to the Final.
You’ve got cold beverages waiting in your fridge, there’s a pizza delivery app on your phone and your family and friends are waiting for you in front of the TV.
Follow these simple tips to ensure you don’t turn up late and miss out on a few England goals (well, hopefully…).
Garmin Drive 50 LM 5″ Sat Nav with UK and Ireland Maps, £79
Pick your way through a packed midfield
You don’t want to be facing a queue of traffic when you should be at home, watching pundits queue up to give their predictions on the big game.
But whether it’s a one-way road in London, roadworks in Birmingham or a newly-closed road in Newcastle, traffic has a funny way of surprising us – especially if your sat nav isn’t up to date.
A Garmin Drive 50, £79, could be just the answer. Add preloaded detailed maps of the UK & Ireland and you’re going to get home quickly, without getting lost and without being stuck in traffic while you listen to the match on the radio.
Nextbase Dash Cam 412GW, £103
You can do everything within your power to make sure you’re home on time, but natural occurrences and the actions of other motorists are often beyond your control.
Need to explain to your family and friends why you missed that historic victory? Make sure you have a Nextbase Dash Cam 412GW £103, installed and your alibi will be watertight.
Plus, after your gang has replayed those winning goals and watched the post-match analysis on the TV you can thrill them with footage of that gridlock on the M11.
Halfords Essential Twin Barrel Foot Pump & Gauge, £12.99
Not all flat tyres are caused by punctures. With the hot weather we’re experiencing this summer, the hot tarmac can put added pressure on your tyres. You might be in a rush to get home in time for kick off, but you also know that properly inflated tyres are as important as a properly inflated football.
Keep a Halfords Essential Twin Barrel Foot Pump, £12.99, in the boot and get inflating. Getting your tyres to the right pressure means not just lower fuel consumption but better braking, too.
Another handy tool worth having is the Halfords LED Digital Tyre Pressure Gauge 2015, £19.99.
It has an easy to read, back-lit display and a LED light for night time use. It beeps when the gauge locks in the reading, and the bleed function helps to achieve exact pressure.
Holts Tyreweld, £10
Don’t be left feeling flat
A rogue nail or piece of glass in the road is about as unwelcome as a power cut during a penalty shootout. These days a lot of cars don’t have spare tyres in order to save weight and space; so carry a can of Holts Tyreweld, £10, to fix sudden problems.
Simply attach the can to your tyre valve and it pumps in clever liquid that can repair small punctures in an instant. You won’t need to jack up the car and it’s a tool-free process. The quick and easy emergency puncture repair kit gets you back on the road fast and washes out of tyres easily after use.
Pioneer MVH-AV290BT Car Stereo, £120
Sing your heart out
Want to get in the mood for the big game by blasting out some Vindaloo or Three Lions anthems? Some in-car entertainment will help make the journey fly by, and the Pioneer MVH-AV290BT Car Stereo, £120 (save £39) will allow you to enjoy all of your favourite content on a large 6.2” Clear Type touchscreen, right on your car dashboard.
Whether it’s a portable music player or the latest iPhone, the Pioneer Car Stereo plays audio/video from almost any digital source.
Get a FREE Halfords Car Check
Keep in shape
What’s a less welcome sight than a red card? A red light on your dashboard just as you’re trying to get where you need to be. Just like a footballer, you car needs to be kept in good shape for peak performance.
Reduce the chances of car malfunctions by booking your vehicle in for a FREE Halfords Car Check for added piece of mind. The in-store experts will track down problems with the tyres, oil level and will even top up your screenwash – also for free.
You can also visit Halfords Autocentres which offer MOTs. Right now you can get your MOT for £29.99, a saving of 40 per cent on the standard DVSA fee.