Five Car Gadgets

Car Gadgets Every Driver Will Love

What do you get for the driver in your life? This can be a hard question to answer, but it doesn’t have to be the same old gift card this year. If you have friends and family who are always driving, think about something that fills a need they don’t even realize they have.

Here are a few car gadgets that make great gifts for any driver and don’t require complicated modifications. Not only will these car gadgets make the driver’s commute more enjoyable and safer, they also don’t have to break the bank.

Cassette Adapter

Unless your driver is a retro-audiophile, there’s a good chance that the cassette player in his or her car hasn’t seen use in a long time. This gadget makes it possible for any car enthusiast, no matter what they drive, to listen to their favorite playlists.

Bluetooth OBDII Adapter OBDII

That OBDII plug under the dash of your vehicle is usually something that only a technician interacts with. Car gadgets like Bluetooth OBDII adapters can open up a whole new world of interactivity and information. If the check engine light comes on, free and inexpensive smartphone apps can give your driver some basic diagnostic capabilities. There are also apps that ensure drivers are being efficient and some that help parents keep tabs on how their teen drivers are doing behind the wheel.

Backup Camera

Backup cameras, often standard now, are really useful for getting into tight parking spots and avoiding accidents when backing up. An add-on backup camera may come with a separate display, or may replace your rearview mirror and include a miniature backup camera display. Some installation is required, but nothing that the average DIYer can’t do in a couple of hours.

Bluetooth Hands-Free Car Kit

Bluetooth headsets may be passé, but are sometimes still necessary when you’re on the go. Some hands-free car kits offer simple plug-n-play access. You just stick the microphone to a convenient spot on the dash and you’re ready to go.

USB Charger and Power Inverter

If there’s one thing the driver in your life needs, it’s a gadget to power all of their other gadgets. Many power supplies available on the market today simply plug into the 12 V socket and have up to 4 USB power outlets, for charging tablets or smartphones, and even a 110 V socket, for charging things like laptops.

When it comes to car gadgets, there are hundreds of things to choose from — from the silly to the useful. Take a look at the drivers in your life and their cars, and pick something perfect for them this holiday season.

For more information on car gadgets, chat with a knowledgeable expert at your local NAPA AUTO PARTS store.

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

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