The list of available car gadgets is endless, but there are a few that every driver should seriously consider having on board for their next trips. Some of the gadgets listed below serve an emergency function while others simply make driving and life easier and more convenient.
SOLO JUMPER CABLES
Almost every driver keeps jumper cables in their car, but jumper cables require the assistance of another driver. While most people will take the time if you ask, what if your car breaks down in the middle of nowhere? Or late at night? Or, what if your car is parked at an odd angle—making it impossible to use your jumper cables? Avoid all those roadblocks, by keeping solo jumper cables in your car.
TIRE REPAIR KIT
Just as with jumper cables, every driver should have a spare tire in their car. While a spare tire is sufficient for changing your tire, it requires you to change your tire—which can be tricky. Even if you have changed a flat tire before, a tire repair kit can speed up the process and get you back on the road. There are a multitude of kits to choose from, so find the one that appeals most to you. A popular choice is the foam inflation kits which temporarily fill the leak. Just as with spare tires, a repair kit is a temporary fix, and your tire will need to be replaced as soon as possible. Also keep in mind that some flat tires will need to be changed regardless. In short, it’ll help you go that extra mile until you can safely fix the situation.
While the road certainly needs to be your primary concern while driving, it is inevitable that you will need to you can also buy your car charger of choice. Aim for a universal charger that allows you to charge all of your mobile electronics at the same time.
Just as with electronics chargers, navigation comes standard with many cars. If it does not, consider upgrading your car, buying a car GPS, or downloading a navigation app to your mobile phone.
Also consider emergency roadside assistance upgrades such as OnStar or CAA. Because not everyone knows how to repair flex pipes.
The suggestions and gadgets above are designed to improve your overall driving experience, and support your lifestyle. Think of our checklist the next time you go for a ride and see which of the above you have or don’t have. As the saying goes, it’s better to be safe than sorry.