Without wanting to speak too soon, it looks as though things might be starting to return to normal after COVID. As people return to work and as stadiums, theatres and arenas open their doors to the public, it’s more than likely that you’ll be driving far more than you have been doing the past year.
As you’ll be spending more time on the road, we’ve decided to compile this list of the top car gadgets to use after COVID. So, whether you’re concerned about the mess in your car, wanting to improve your on-road entertainment, or even want to become a safer driver, we’re sure to have the perfect solution for you.
The Best Gadgets for Improving Car Safety
There are a number of different gadgets that you can use to improve the standard of your driving or to improve safety when you’re on four wheels. It’s thought that dash cams can actually improve road safety as they force poor drivers to be more careful behind the wheel. Stores such as Nextbase understand how important a dash cam can be, and their wide range of dash cams automatically record footage while you drive. This can then be permanently stored in case of an accident, meaning that you can prove to the police that an accident wasn’t your fault. Dash cams also:
- Improve driving: If you’re driving with every move being recorded, you’ll find that your driving improves. This is because a dash cam can be used against you if you have an accident, perfect for forcing you to be more cautious behind the wheel.
- Protect your belongings: Plenty of dash cam’s now come with a “sleep” or “park” feature. When this feature is turned on, the device will automatically turn on and start filming if it senses movement. This means that potential criminals will stay away from your car if they notice a blinking camera in the front window.
- Prevent fraudsters: Cash for crash fraudsters are on the rise. By filming every step of your journey, you can guarantee that any cash for crash fraudsters won’t get away with their crimes.
- Prove your innocence: Finally, the main point in a dash cam is that you can prove your innocence. If there are no witnesses to an accident, insurance companies will often split the bill. With a dash cam, a split liability agreement will become a thing of the past.
Nextbase dash cams also come with a wide range of features that includes Emergency SOS, which will automatically contact the emergency services if you have an accident and you don’t respond. Alternatively, the AA have a number of car safety kits that are perfect in case of an emergency or if you get stranded in poor weather.
The Best Gadgets for In-Car Entertainment
It’s recommended that you don’t spend too long messing with the radio while you’re in the car. It’s recommended that you do not in any circumstance use your phone, as this is incredibly unsafe and causes thousands of accidents every single year. The solution is to use either Android Auto from Android or Apple CarPlay from Apple to make your driving safer.
Compatible for use with most new cars, both apps can hook up to the cars entertainment system, giving you automatic access to calls, messages, GPS, music and podcasts. Alternatively, you can use an Amazon Echo Auto device, which gives you voice control while in the car. This means that you can make calls, remember shopping lists, find the latest news, learn the football scores all with your own voice.
The Best Gadgets for Improving Car Safety
It’s not clear how long we’re going to be living with COVID-19 for and because of this it means that hygiene is a lot closer to the front of our minds than it usually is. As such, we’ve put together some of the best options on the market for improving the cleanliness of your car. The first option is a CarHandGel Gel Dispenser, which is designed to fit in every single car. It is ergonomically designed for driving, meaning that you can do a quick spurt while on the move. Gone are the days of reaching for your nearly empty bottle of hand sanitiser which has fallen down the back seat!
Alternatively, if you’re concerned about how messy your car is getting, then there are a wide range of car-friendly hoovers that are specifically designed to get to the awkward and hard to reach parts of your car. This, combined with a bin that is suitable for your car allows you to make your car spotless.
The Best Small Car Accessories
Finally, you might not want anything particularly big for your car, but there is a wide number of small car accessories available that are perfect for making your driving environment a far happier space. For example, there are plenty of devices that allow you to quickly charge your phone while on the move – perfect for anyone who spends a lot of time behind the wheel such as a taxi driver.
On the other hand, a car kettle boiler is the perfect solution for anyone who wants a quick cup of tea and an in-car coffee maker can make you a coffee on the move, perfect for any morning commuter. Finally, if you love camping but can’t quite bare a tent, then inflatable car beds can be used on top of downward facing back chairs, giving you a far more comfortable night’s sleep.
Become a Happy Driver
With more of us getting back behind the wheel after a year out, it’s important to remember that there is a whole host of items that can improve your wellbeing behind the wheel. From dash cams to improve your driving, in-car entertainment systems for going hands-free, or special hand sanitiser that can fit in the cup holder of your vehicle, there is the perfect option out there for you.