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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.

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