Car gadgets: Whether you’re resting in the back seat or behind the wheel, we’ve picked together some of the greatest devices that will make your driving experience a breeze.
If Alexa has become a permanent fixture in your house, you’ll be happy to learn that you can now take her with you on the go. Simply link Echo Auto to your phone’s Alexa app as well as your vehicle speakers (through auxiliary input jack or Bluetooth) and you’ll be able to issue your normal orders while on the road.
The eight microphones and far-field technologies designed to hear you over music, air conditioning, and normal road noise allow you to request a song, stream an audiobook, create reminders, and check gasoline prices.
You may turn off the microphone at any moment to safeguard your privacy by pressing the microphone off button, which will turn off the voice activation electrically. Just make sure your vehicle is suitable, since not all are — a complete list can be found here.
Car cleaning putty
The auto cleaning putty, which promises to be able to remove 97% of dirt and crumbs from difficult nooks, is meant to get into those hard-to-reach places where dust might accumulate in your vehicle. Simply roll the cleaning gel into a ball and gently press it into automobile vents and other hard-to-reach areas; the dirt should come out with it as you draw it out.
It’s made of high-tech cleaning gel substance that’s gentle on the skin, non-sticky, and scented with lavender. It can be reused until the colour of the gel begins to darken.
OCUBE handheld cordless vacuum
A compact and handy portable vacuum that may be kept in the car for general cleaning or in case of an emergency. It weighs only 0.6kg and comes with a range of attachments, including a stretchy rod, a crevice nozzle, and a brush nozzle, all of which are ideal for lengthier jobs.
It has a strong suction despite its tiny size. It takes roughly 3.5 hours to completely charge, giving you up to 30 minutes of run time.
Car gadgets: NEXTBASE full HD dash cam
The NEXTBASE dash cam will suffice if you want the added security of a camera to maintain watch of the road in the event of an accident. It has a 140-degree wide-angle lens that captures everything in HD, including car models and licence plates, down to the tiniest details.
It can send out an SOS in an emergency, utilising the built-in GPS to notify emergency responders of your exact position as well as pertinent medical information like your blood type. It’ll even keep working while you’re not driving, owing to the parking mode, which records any movement around your unattended vehicle so you can check the film if you notice a new bump.
NORSHIRE tyre inflator
This portable device, which claims to be the world’s smallest and lightest tyre inflator, is 8.2 inches in length, 1.6 inches in diameter, and provides 175 PSI to inflate flat tyres. It’s made of metal to last considerably longer than similar plastic items, and it’s intended to accurately assess the precise pressure needed to increase the tyre’s suggested life.
If the battery dies, you may use a 12V cigarette lighter to provide direct power to the inflator, which is ideal in a hurry if you have a socket in your car.
Car gadgets: Halfords padded seat cushion
The Halfords cushioned seat cushion features a contoured shape with a high density filling to make the ride more pleasant for lengthy travels or simply for individuals who spend a lot of time in the driver’s seat. The cushion has an anti-slip backing and adjustable straps to guarantee that it (and you) are properly positioned in your car seat.
Handpresso travel coffee maker
If you want to get a caffeine fix while driving, the Handcoffee Auto travel maker from Handpresso can be heated from the driver’s seat using the accompanying 12V cigarette-lighter connection. Using Senseo-compatible soft capsules in a range of flavours, an 800ml drink may be made in about 4 minutes.
Car gadgets: Zeerkeer GPS tracker
Keep a closer check on your vehicle with the Zeerkeer GPS tracker, which provides real-time information on its whereabouts with a positional precision of up to five metres. You’ll be able to monitor your automobile from your phone, which is compatible with both Android and iOS, giving you total peace of mind.
There is no need to install the gadget; simply clip it to any ferrous surface and start tracking by texting the device’s SIM card phone number, which will give you a Google Maps link with the car’s location.
Waterproof, dustproof and shockproof, the tracker also has additional features including an over-speed alarm function which will text the admin number whenever the tracked vehicle goes faster than 70mph.