More cupholders, please
For some people on the go, the spot between the front seats of their vehicles that’s designed to hold up two beverage cups might not be enough. The iCarry, which is made of ABS plastic and silica gel, expands (pivots outward from the base, actually) to hold up to four coffee cups, water bottles or soda cans, or a combination of all three. You can also use the extra capacity for your sunglasses, cell phones, pens or any other small items. The iCarry sells for $25 and can be ordered at www. dudegadgets.com.
Your vehicle, living in a bubble
Whether you park your expensive or classic car indoors or out, you probably want to provide the best possible protection from dust, water and bird droppings/ environmental damage. Florida-based Carcoon sells air-circulation-type (bubble) storage systems for both uses. Each one is designed to reduce the moisture content in the air within the bubble, thus reducing the potential for condensation to form on your prized possession. Carcoon prices start at about $950. Check out the various options at www.carcoonamerica.com.
When winter gets a grip . . .
If you have ever been stuck in snow, ice or mud, you know how frustrating it can be, and expensive it is, to summon a tow truck. Zip Grip Go is a simple and affordable way to get yourself unstuck. These cleated tiretraction aids are made of durable plastic and are easily installed without tools. Once you get going, just cut them off and discard. Be aware that they’re not meant as a substitute for proper snow tires or chains, but in an emergency you should be able to use them for short distances. Each Zip Grip Go will fit around most tire sizes although they’re not recommended for steel wheels. A package of 10 grips sells for $16 from www. amazon.com.
Keep your car dry
The Air Force Master Blaster from Metro Vacuums is designed to remove water from vehicle surfaces by blowing warm, filtered air over them. This reduces the risk of leaving scratches or swirl marks caused by wiping your vehicle dry using cloths or towels. Using the narrow nozzle head allows you to get at hard-to-reach seams, grilles, and door gaps on the exterior as well as interior areas, all without leaving streaks or water-spot marks. Metro also claims the Master Blaster is safe to use on all painted and chrome surfaces —Harley Davidson owners take note — and won’t harm waxed finishes. Purchase the Master Blaster for $420 from www. metrovacworld.com.