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.
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 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
The sun’s glare is particularly irritating while driving in the early morning and late afternoon. A car’s visor can only do so much, and it obscures part of your field of view to do it. The ClearView visor is a great solution for that problem, one that doesn’t compromise visibility.
The ClearVIew is a flip-down visor that attaches to your car’s built-in sun screen without the use of any additional tools. It’s made of tough acrylic and all you have to do is flip it down once it’s installed. The tinted surface will block out most of the sun’s glare, allowing you to see the road clearly. It’s the same type of technology used in airplanes adapted for automotive use.
The visor also protects your eyes from harmful UVA rays. It can be used in two ways: You can either place it perpendicular to your field of view and have it act as sunglasses or tilt it towards the sun to just block out glare and make it easier to see.
It’s perfectly sized to work on your entire field of vision without being bulky and standing in the way. When it’s not in use, it’s barely even noticeable. Nobody is a stranger to driving into the sunlight, and the ClearView is compatible with every vehicle that has a visor, which makes it a terrific gift for anyone.
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 – A Party in Your Car
If you want to add a little pizzazz to your vehicle, the best way to do that is with some internal LED lighting. You can have a party in your car with very little effort. Type S has a number of options for LED car lighting and they’re all controlled from their easy-to-use application.
The Type S app works with any Type S Lighting products. When you install your lights and hook them up to a Type S hub, download the app on your mobile device. Your mobile device can connect to the controlled hub via Bluetooth, giving you complete control in seconds.
The sky’s the limit when it comes to customizing your LED lights. You can select a variety of lighting modes and even have the lights react to the music you’re playing. Of course, you can select from up to 49 different colors, but you can also create presets of your preferences. Each LED zone can be controlled separately. The app lets you keep track of which zones you’re changing with a diagram of your vehicle.
There are a lot of LED car lighting systems out there, but Type S Lighting really sets itself apart with their simple and intuitive app.
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.