People love their automobiles. Depending on where you live, you might feel like you spend more time in your car than you do at home. If you’re a vehicle fanatic—or you know someone that is—here are some sweet accessories to ease traffic pain, keep your car tidy, or just flat-out pimp your ride.
Add power ports and intelligent control to your vehicle. Amazon
Anker’s Alexa-enabled Roav VIVA is a smart speaker and charger for your car that plugs into the cigarette lighter. Ask it to play music, order food, or get directions. It has two USB chargers, so you can keep your phone juiced while driving. Connect it to your car via Bluetooth, Carplay, Android Auto, AUX-Out, or FM transmission.
Play music from your phone over a radio station. Amazon
If you don’t have a newer car with an auxiliary input or USB plug, a solid FM transmitter will let you listen to music wherever you go. The Nulaxy FM transmitter has a 1.4-inch screen and lets you connect your phone via Bluetooth, aux cable, or TF card. It also lets you safely answer your phone using a large button in front.
Make sure the outside shines. Amazon
The Carfidant Scratch and Swirl Remover is safe for all paint colors. The company even even boasts that it helps restore the shininess of your car’s paint by removing contaminants like water spots. It comes with a buffer pad. FYI, this doesn’t work on deep scratches.
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Nobody wants to take a road trip in a packed car when there is no room to stretch out. This hardshell, 91.5 x 37.5 x 18-inch Thule Motion XT XXL Roof Box uses a quick-mount system to easily attach to the top of your car. It provides an extra 22 cubic feet of storage and can be accessed from either side of the car. It can hold up to 165 pounds. The box comes in multiple sizes, so make sure you get the correct model for your vehicle.
You won’t have to worry if your vehicle dies. Amazon
Use the 1.16-pound GOOLOO 800-amp car starter to jumpstart most vehicles; it doubles as an 18,000mAh portable battery charger with two quick-charge USB ports. An LED indicator tells you how much battery is left. It features a flashlight with three modes—normal, strobe, and SOS for emergencies. The clamps are also designed to help prevent dangers like short circuits, high temperatures, and overcharging. The best part about it, is that it’s compact enough to fit anywhere in your car, including your glove compartment.
Rest anywhere. Amazon
If you’re going on a camping trip or in the middle of a long drive, you should pack a sleep option that is cheap and convenient. This backseat, inflatable couch is 56.3 by 34.25 by 17.72-inches when inflated, and comes with two air pillows. Place the backrest face-down where your legs would normally go and you’ll have a flat sleeping area. It also comes with a pump to inflate and deflate the couch, and a carrying case.
Just in case you get into an accident. Amazon
The Roav S1 dash cam has an LCD screen and captures footage in 1080p resolution at 60 frames per second. It comes with a two-port car charger. If you’re away from the car, the motion-activated gravity sensor turns the camera on to record any bumps or hits, so you’re always covered. The device is also designed to withstand extreme temperatures, so don’t worry about leaving it outside if it’s super hot out.
Keep your ride clean. Amazon
Make sure the car isn’t a mess with a portable vacuum. The ThisWorx car vacuum features a 106-watt motor, a 16-foot power cord capable of reaching the entirety of your car, and comes with attachments to get into smaller crevices.
You don’t want them running low. Amazon
The super-portable AstroAI digital tire pressure gauge is a key tool to have in your car to check how much air is in your tires. It features an LCD display and lit nozzle so you can see in the dark. The gauge also works on bicycles and fits easily in your glove compartment.
Make sure your seats stay cooler. Amazon
Stepping into your car after it’s been sitting for hours in the blistering sun is very, very unpleasant. Grab a windshield sun blocker to keep your car cooler during hot weather. This one from EcoNour comes in multiple sizes and will keep your buns from roasting when you sit down on your seat.