6 Must-Have Gadgets for Your Car in 2021

Allen Richardson Senior Contributor
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If you’re like most people, you spend a lot of time behind the wheel. It only makes sense to try to make that time as painless and safe as possible. Luckily, this list of gadgets has a lot of great options to help you do that.

You’ll find the latest GPS tracking devices, road safety equipment, and diagnostics tools all in this list. Whether you’re still driving your old clunker, or you just got a new car, there’s something here for you.

1. Haylo Safety Flare – The Best Way to Stay Safe in Emergencies

Over 3,200 people die in car crashes every day. Many of those happen when a vehicle is parked on the side of the road. There is always a risk of breaking down when you’re on the road; it can be very stressful when this happens, and when you’re stressed, accidents can happen.

If your car breaks down, your first priority should be your safety but also the safety of other drivers. The Haylo Safety Flare can help you minimize the risk of going unnoticed and potentially save lives.

It’s an LED flare system that serves as a roadside emergency kit. But that’s not all – there are many uses for the Haylo. You can use it in any emergency rescue situation or even as camping and open-air lighting.

Every flare has 15 high-intensity LED lights that have a 20,000 hour total lifetime. They’re powered by three AAA batteries. This type of roadside signaling system is used by EMTs and fire departments for emergencies.

Haylo’s LED flares have a sturdy construction and rugged build quality. They can take a lot of punishment and will keep working even if they’re run over by a car. They have one single button on the top face that makes operation very straightforward.

The three white LEDs on the front can be used as a flashlight that lasts around 10 hours. The rest of the modes use the 12 red LEDs around the perimeter. It also has a strong magnet allowing you to place it anywhere on your vehicle.

This flare system will keep you safe so you can work to get back on the road as fast as possible.

2. iTrack – The GPS Tracker That Lets You Rest Easy

One of the biggest fears of people who rely on their vehicles is losing that vehicle to theft or vandalism. Luckily, GPS tracking technologies have become advanced enough to be accessible to everyone.

What you get with the iTrack is a full tracking system that you can plug into your car and sync to a mobile app. That way, you’ll always know exactly where your car is.

The iTrack system plugs into your car’s diagnostic port so it’s unobtrusive and out of sight. The beauty of this is that the tracker is powered from the car battery.

You’ll have full access to the car’s location through real-time tracking and never have to replace or recharge a battery. With professional installation, you can also plug it in within the dashboard or behind the car stereo to make it completely invisible.

The iTrack app will also keep historical data of your car’s previous locations and routes. The app also records how fast the vehicle is moving and every stop it makes. It’s a free app, available for Android and iOS, so you can check the vehicle’s location on any device or through a browser.

It’s a fantastic solution for business owners too, a great way for any business that manages a lot of vehicles to improve performance as well as routing and service. Fleet tracking and management becomes easy and affordable with the iTrack.

With this tracker, you’ll rest easy knowing that your vehicle’s every move is at your fingertips.

3. VIZR by FIXD – Navigate Safely from Your Phone

We’re all guilty of driving while distracted, and that distraction may be legitimate if you’re using your phone to navigate.

Fortunately, the days of giant, bulky GPS devices blocking half your windshield are over. Unfortunately, we replaced them with our phone’s navigation software and the phone wasn’t designed to sit on a car dashboard.

VIZR by FIXD is the perfect solution for this. Coming from the same company that launched the wildly successful car diagnostic scanner, FIXD, it is a device that turns your phone into a heads-up display without any additional work. It almost sounds like a sci-fi movie, but the technology is actually quite simple.

The VIZR uses a translucent, reflective glass surface to mirror your phone’s screen onto an easily viewable display.

All you have to do is attach the mounting plate onto your dashboard, which is held by a strong adhesive.

Then, snap the VIZR into the mount and you’re good to go. Once your navigation route is set, simply place your mobile device into the VIZR cradle.

It works on your car right out of the box. The simple design makes the VIZR completely universal. Use it in any vehicle and with any smartphone without making adjustments.

Distracted driving is the main cause of accidents, and this type of HUD has the potential to reduce that number significantly.

4. ClearView – Drive Glare-Free With a Flick of the Wrist

Having vision problems, especially while driving, can have a dangerous impact on you or someone else on the road.

However, most people wear contact lenses or glasses, but these can be uncomfortable to wear at times. And sometimes it can be difficult to see properly at night.

ClearView is a driving aid which includes anti-glare technology and night vision. This helps drivers to see the road at night or in foggy conditions.

The advanced polarized photochromic lenses enhance contrast and reduce glare, therefore improving your visibility.

You can either wear it on its own or you can wear it over your prescription glasses or contact lenses. 

The lenses are also coated with anti-blue ray layers which block out any light from the headlights of other cars on the road.

5. FIXD App – Never Wonder About the Check Engine Light Again

How many times have you taken your car to a mechanic over a ‘check engine’ light, and had it turn out to be a simple fix you could have done yourself?

Worse yet is when you get a ‘check engine’ light for a problem that doesn’t really affect your car’s functioning. You could end up worrying for weeks over nothing.

That kind of thing won’t happen again when you get the FIXD app and code reader. The result of a successful Kickstarter campaign, this little gadget is a godsend for car owners.

It’s a code reader for your car’s on-board diagnostics computer. Professional scanners like this can cost hundreds of dollars, but you can get FIXD for a fraction of that.

Just about any car made after 1996 is compatible with this device. It’s a matter of plugging the reader into your diagnostic port (usually under the steering wheel to the left) and turn on your car.

Then you download the app to your iOS or Android device and let it link up via Bluetooth with the reader. The app will detect any error codes and translate them into a brief explanation of the problem.

You can even read about potential causes and solutions in the app, as well as how they can affect your car.

There’s also a glossary of car light indicators that you might be unfamiliar with. If there’s a problem that needs to be addressed quickly, the app can find mechanics in the area and suggest mileage before which you should service the car.

The app keeps a logbook of codes scanned that you can show your mechanic when you take it in for service.

You can even set up maintenance reminders and see the mileage left on wear items such as tires and oil filters. If a problem needs a certain part, the app will recommend the best fit for your vehicle.

It’s truly one of the best gadgets out there for peace of mind when you’re on the road.

6. Type S App – It's Like Having Eyes In The Back of Your Car

Whether you’re attempting to parallel park, pulling in or backing up, it’s now possible to get visual and audio alerts in real-time.

Easily get notified on your smartphone phone when your car approaches an object like other cars, kids, poles, or bikers. 

It can detect objects up to four feet away by sending an alert to your smartphone via the Type S app which can be used on all Android and iOS devices.

It has a long battery life and is powered by solar power or can be charged via a USB cable. It also comes equipped with G-Sensor Technology which allows the app to switch on automatically when the vehicle starts and switches off after 30 minutes of inactivity.

Simply remove your license plate, attach the Type S senor, place the license back and you’re ready to start receiving instant alerts.

Car Lovers Rejoice

There’s something here for every car guy and gal. Whether you’re concerned about theft or road safety, navigation or glare, you’re covered.

Road flares and a navigation HUD can keep you safe while driving and a diagnostic scanner can save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars in repairs you don’t need. All the gadgets on this list make excellent gift ideas, too.