10 Automotive Gadgets to Make Any Drive Safer and Easier
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Is your car long on miles, but short on options? Cut down on distractions and drive like a boss with our roundup of the latest in-car technology. These dash cams, chargers and other accessories will turn even the oldest auto into a modern marvel.
Map apps can be handy, but also dangerous if used improperly. This gadget pairs with your phone to throw a navigation map right up on the windshield, safely in your line of sight. The Hudway Cast Dashboard Heads-up Display is now $199, a full 13% off the original price.
Dash cams can be a lifesaver in case of a wreck, and this sale-priced model even records in the dark with full night vision capability. Rain or shine, it records everything in a 145° from the front of your car, and even logs your routes via GPS. Pick up the OwlScout Front & Cabin Full HD 1080p WiFi GPS Dash Cam for $169, a 15% discount.
Want a second opinion on that mechanic’s diagnosis? This scanner picks up manufacturer-specific codes from your car so that you can be alerted to trouble before it starts or identify the true cause of that mysterious rattle. The KOBRA Wireless Car Scanner is on sale for $14.99, a full 70% off the list price.
Smartphone mounts for your car are handy, but this next-level mount incorporates a wireless charger so you can juice up on the go. It works with any Qi-enabled phone, delivering up to 10 watts of power and slowing that charge down to conserve your battery when a phone is reaching capacity. The CHOETECH Air Vent Fast Wireless Qi-Certified Car Charger is now $24, down from the previous sale price of $31.99.
This gadget installs in five minutes, turning any license plate into the parking sensor you’ve long envied in pricier cars. It pairs with your smartphone and even incorporates features to track your car in case of theft or forgotten parking spaces. The FenSens Smart License Plate Frame is available for $79, down $40 from the previous sale price and nearly 50% off the original MSRP.
Every dash is different, but here’s a phone mount that can handle them all. The Gravity X locks into any gap in your trim or dashboard and uses the phone’s own weight to lock it in place. Grab the Gravity X Car Mount for $19.99, more than 30% off the list price.
If you smoke or own a pet, your car interior has probably suffered. This portable purifier not only removes smoke or dander but pollen, dust or a host of smells by ionizing the air. All this, and a USB smartphone charger to boot. The AIR Ionic Car Air Purifier & Charger is on sale for $36.99, a full 26% off the MSRP.
For flexibility, it’s tough to beat this mount. Not only can it handle smartphones or tablets in a variety of sizes, it mounts into any size cup holder for easy access. The U-Grip Cup Holder Car Mount for Phones and Tablets is more than 75% off at $12.99.
You’ll be the VIP of any road trip with this charger, which eliminates the need for fights over who can use the outlet. The BESTEK pumps out up to 400 watts to 5 devices simultaneously through two AC, two USB, and a cigarette lighter port. Get the BESTEK 200W Car Power Inverter With 2 AC Outlets & 2 USB Ports for $24.99, a 10% discount off the original cost.
This easy-to-use gadget plugs into any cigarette lighter and splits up to 5.2A of power through four USB outlets. A smart chip optimizes the output and a handy LED lets you know your device is connected and juicing up. Pick up the Aduro PowerStation 4-Port USB Car Charger for $11.99, more than 75% off today.
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