Car gad­gets that make driv­ing safer

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPECIAL ADVERTISIN­G FEATURE - Source: rd.com

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.

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