For drivers who spend a lot of time traveling or commuting, the hours behind the wheel can add up quickly. Instead of purchasing a gift that will hang in the closet or get re-gifted to someone else, why not offer your loved one a practical gift they’ll use every day? With only days left in the holiday shopping season, consider these five vehicle stocking stuffers that will make them think of you every time they get behind the wheel.
1. Dash Camera
The dashboard camera may just be the hottest technology in the car accessory market. They are always on, ready to capture an unexpected event from a car’s eye view. In some countries, such as Taiwan, dash cams are so widespread that not having one is becoming the exception, not the rule. In the U.K., dash cams have proven so beneficial, that drivers are beginning to find more affordable car insurance because of dash cam discounts. While the U.S. is only beginning to enter the dash cam market, this could be the must-have technology of tomorrow. Not to mention, its footage just might save your loved one from an unfair ticket or help fight insurance fraud.
2. Heated Seat Warmers
This one may not fit in a typical stocking, but your loved one will be grateful nonetheless – especially with our frigid Wisconsin winter temperatures. Seat warmers are available at all price points, some as low as about $20. They attach to the driver seat, and some even provide added benefits, such as lumbar support.
3. Digital Tire Pressure Gauge
Tires are overworked and under-appreciated, but they need special attention – especially as the temperatures drop this time of year. An underinflated tire can pose a serious safety hazard, and cold weather is notorious for causing changes in pressure. A digital tire pressure gauge can provide a highly accurate reading, assuring that all tires are evenly and properly inflated. Not only does this prevent unnecessary wear and tear on a tire, but it can also save a life.
4. GPS System
Many vehicles come with built-in GPS systems, and drivers without them often rely on free versions available through their smartphones. The problem is that integrated systems often require expensive map updates, and hand-held smartphones pose a distraction hazard. Instead, consider aftermarket GPS systems, which have dramatically evolved in recent years. Today’s models often include a lifetime of free map updates, built-in satellite radio, weather alerts, Bluetooth technology, and even warnings about sharp turns and upcoming speed zones.
5. Hands-Free Devices
Mounts and Bluetooth connection kits make great stocking stuffers – especially at a time when drivers are opting to avoid using hand-held devices while driving. A phone mount keeps devices in one easy-to-find location, preventing drivers from reaching for them behind the wheel. The addition of a Bluetooth connection kit makes it possible to deliver voice commands, listen to music, and even answer the phone through the vehicle’s audio system – all without needing to touch the device.