Car gadgets that make driving safer
SINCE IT’S 2020 and it’s the age of all things tech, why not use technology to make driving safer? Here are some pretty cool car gadgets that will make your driving experience immediately a safer one.
1. BACKUP CAMERA DASHCAM
More and more new cars are being built with rear backup cameras, but there are affordable car gadgets that can actually add the ability to park safely, back up with ease, and even record in high definition what’s happening in front of and behind you to almost any car. The backup cam images appear on your rearview mirror so your eyes will be able to stay focused on the road, just like they do today.
2. HEADS-UP DISPLAY SPEEDOMETER
A handy heads-up speedometer car gadget will help keep you safe on the road. Instead of glancing down at your dashboard’s spread-out displays, the device delivers your vehicle speed, driving direction, voltage, driving distance measurement, driving time, low-voltage alarm, overspeed alarm, satellite time and number, and altitude – all at eye level on top of your dashboard.
3. MAGNETIC PHONE HOLDER
Of course, you shouldn’t be using your phone while driving, but whether you’re switching songs, firing up a new podcast episode, or following Google Maps, a magnetic phone holder will place your smartphone closer to eye level, thus making those glances shorter and safer, sending your eyes back to the road up ahead quicker.
4. PORTABLE CAR BATTERY BOOST
A dead car battery is awkward, at best, because you need to rely on the kindness of strangers to take time out of their day to pop their hood and give your car a boost – at worst, it could put you in an unsafe position if it happens late at night in a parking lot with no one else around. No more of that business with the NOCO Boost Plus, a portable car battery jump solution that can also charge your phones, tablets, and other USB-compatible devices. Safely jump-start a dead battery in seconds – on most gasoline engines up to six litres and diesel engines up to three litres – and never have to ask a stranger for help in a parking lot again.
7. CAR VACUUM
You may think, “How will a vacuum keep me safe on the road?” The answer is simple: a clean and tidy car is one less distraction, one less annoyance; meaning, your mind is uncluttered like the cabin of your ride. Using your car’s power, the strong suction of the car vacuum will have your ride immaculately clean.
5. PORTABLE AIR COMPRESSOR PUMP
Never search for a gas station with an air pump again with this Helteko portable air compressor pump. Using your car’s power, this gadget lets you quickly and safely refill your tyres, no matter where you are.
The LCD digital display and autoshutoff means you will always inflate your tires to the perfect pound per square inch (PSI) for safe driving.
8. SUNGLASS VISOR CLIP
Sometimes being safe on the road comes down to the small details. Having your sunglasses clipped and within easy reach serves to keep your centre console that much more tidy and puts your shades at your fingertips for when you round a bend and find your car pointing directly into the setting sun in the west.
6. BLIND-SPOT MIRROR
Such a simple addition to your side mirrors provides a wide-angle view to increase safety on the road and help you avoid accidents. This car gadget, sold in a two-pack for both of your mirrors, offers 360-degree rotation and 20-degree sway to eliminate blind spots as you drive, park, and back up.
9. FIRST-AID KIT
Every vehicle should probably come standard with a first-aid kit, but because they don’t, you should invest a small sum of money to keep all the essential first-aid tools handy in the case of minor scrapes in and out of the car. This waterproof, medical-grade, FDA-approved first-aid kit includes everything from a whistle to a compressed towel, and also comes with a flashlight.