Long days and warm temperatures make summer the ideal season to take a road trip with friends. When doing so, however, you should make sure your vehicle is lined with practical devices designed to assist during an emergency, as well as some rather unnecessary — albeit, enjoyable — gizmos to make the most of your time on the road. From a self-powered jump starter to a coffeemaker for your car, we’ve put together our 15 favorite car gadgets for your next road trip.
Schumacher Jump Starter ($70)
Jumper cables are great if you have another vehicle to give you a friendly jolt. However, if you’re in a more isolated area, jumper cables are essentially useless. The portable self-powered Schumacher jump starter is ideal for this exact scenario, and it also lets you test your battery and your alternator so you’ll know exactly where your problem is coming from.
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Ztylus Stinger ($16)
No one wants to think that they will get in a car accident, but being prepared for it will give you a sense of security. The Stinger is a handy device to have at your disposal after an accident. If your car windows or doors are jammed, the Stinger is designed to shatter the dashboard or car window, thus allowing you to quickly exit your vehicle. The device also incorporates a slim blade on the backside, which allows you to slice through a jammed seat belt.
Fobo Tire Plus ($180)
Properly inflated tires wear more evenly, thus increasing the lifespan of your rubber as well as fuel efficiency. Rather than using a handheld pressure gauge to ensure your tires are properly inflated, however, the Fobo Tire Plus system uses a series of Bluetooth gauges that relay this information directly to your smartphone. Fobo will alert you when your tire pressure is getting too low directly on your phone. The app even provides a straightforward tutorial, making installation a breeze.
Scosche USB Charger ($10)
As you begin to accumulate car gadgets, you’ll also need more space to charge many of these devices. Thankfully, Scosche’s charger allows you to charge two devices at once. While there are USB hubs with more ports, this unit is one of the best given its low profile and budget-friendly price tag. There are plenty of excellent chargers if you’re willing to spend a little bit more, too.
Tile Mate ($25)
Our forgetfulness costs us thousands of dollars over the course of our lifetimes. Unsurprisingly, one of the most commonly misplaced items is our car keys. Thankfully, the Bluetooth-equipped Tile Mate easily slides onto a keychain, allowing you to track the whereabouts of your keys using an accompanying mobile app — even if they’re locked inside your car. Tile is one of the best Bluetooth trackers on the market, and it’s compatible with several infotainment systems.