Getting stranded with a dead car battery or being caught off guard by a flat tire is not only stressful, it’s potentially dangerous.
Fortunately, there are a number of gadgets on the market today that can help you be better prepared for whatever the road throws at you.
Here are 13 car gadgets that will not only improve your overall driving experience, but will also help you be ready for the unexpected.
Before you can drive anywhere, you'll need to find your car keys.
Keeping a Tile Mate Bluetooth tracker on your keychain can help ensure you always know where your car keys are located. You simply attach the Tile to your keychain, and whenever you can't find your keys, you can use the Tile app to make your keys ring.
The app also tracks the last place it paired with your smartphone, so if you leave your keys somewhere outside your home, you'll be able to see where you left them.
You can purchase the Tile tracker on Amazon for $US24.25.
Dashcams can be used to shoot a memorable drive, but they can also come in handy if you get into an accident.
The forward facing camera won't protect you physically, but the footage it captures can be used to prove who is responsible for a car crash.
The Black Box B60 dashcam can shoot 30 frames per second and automatically kick on whenever it senses any sudden braking, impact, or rapid acceleration.
You can purchase the Black Box B60 for $US59.95 on Amazon.
A smartphone mount can make navigation a lot less stressful.
Instead of constantly looking down at your phone for directions, you can use a mount to keep your Google Maps or Apple Maps app within your line of vision.
The iOttie smartphone holder is the best-selling mount on Amazon and costs $US24.95.
There's no guarantee that someone will be around to give you jump when you need it, which is why it's wise to always keep a jump starter kit in your vehicle.
A jump starter kit is basically a battery source that allows you to start your car when it dies by simply hooking the clamps on the kit to the car's battery. But it can also be used as a back up power source.
The GOOLOO 600A Peak Car portable jump starter kit also has a flashlight built in. It can be purchased on Amazon for $US69.99.
A dead smartphone is the last thing you want while travelling. If you don't have a USB port in your car, or if you need more than one port, this Maxboost USB charger is a good option.
You can buy the Maxboost USB charger for $US9.99 on Amazon.
Automatic is a small car adaptor that you plug into the onboard diagnostics port of your car to get all kinds of data about your vehicle.
The device -- which pairs with your phone via Bluetooth -- diagnoses engine problems, remembers where you parked, displays your trip history, and can even call for help in the case of an accident.
There's even an Automatic app gallery, which features apps for business, convenience and savings, and safety. For example, the Concur app lets drivers track mileage for work trips, making expenses easy.
You can also connect the device to your Amazon Echo so that you can do things like ask Alexa how much fuel you have or how much you drove last week.
The device, which works with most cars that were built since 1996, is available on Amazon for $US66.40.
A GPS tracker connects with your smartphone to let you know the location of your vehicle at all times.
While this gadget is probably more useful for parents trying to keep tabs on their teens, it can also come in handy in the unfortunate event someone tries steals your vehicle.
The Spy Tec portable GPS tracker even allows you to set up a geo-fence and will notify you via email or text if the car goes outside the pre-determined area.
You can buy the Spy Tec portable GPS tracker on Amazon for $US49.95. However, you'll also need to pay $US25 a month for the tracking service.
One of the best features in new cars these days is the blind spot alert function. The feature is basically just a light built into the sideview mirror that flashes when someone is in your blind spot.
However, if you have an older vehicle, you can get the same sort of function by just adding blind spot mirrors.
A two-pack of Ampper blind spot mirrors are available on Amazon for $US7.90.
A tire pressure monitoring system lets you easily keep tabs on the health of your tires.
Carchet's monitoring system measures both the temperature and the pressure of the tires. It comes with four sensors that attach to each tire and a monitoring display that plugs into your vehicle's cigarette lighter. The display shows the pressure of each tire so that you can easily detect when something is wrong.
Cachet's tire pressure monitoring system is available on Amazon for $US89.99.
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