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17 Very Useful Car Gadgets You Can’t Live Without

When you stop and think about it, cars are pretty amazing feats of engineering. What if you could make them even more incredible with a car gadget that’s so useful that you won’t be able to live without it once you’ve tried it? These 32 cool gadgets will make driving a pleasure, whether that’s by making fast work of clearing snow, turning the roof into a 4 person shelter, or simply knowing that in an emergency you’ll have the tools you need to survive.

YI Mirror Dash Cam

YI Mirror Dash Cam

Simple to install, this front and rear facing camera can be fitted to your rear view mirror. With built-in WiFi connection and a touchscreen for easy control, this clever camera will record virtually everything around you, while also incorporating driver fatigue features to help you to stay awake.

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Car Seat Organizer

Car Seat Organizer

This car seat organizer has so many features it’s hard to know where to start. With space for an iPad, umbrella, bottle, pens, phone, magazine, and more, this organizer also covers the whole of the back of the seat to protect it from scuffs and scratches from passengers’ little feet.

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Auto Mini Fridge

Auto Mini Fridge

Whether you want it for baby formula or beer, this nifty little 6 can fridge will keep it cool. Alternatively, if you fancy taking a hot lunch with you on your travels, the Cooluli will keep it hot all day. Simply plug it into the cigarette lighter for on-the-go convenience.

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JumpSmart Portable Car Jump Starter

JumpSmart Portable Car Jump Starter

An absolute must to keep in the car for emergencies, this portable car jump starter will get anything up to an 8 cylinder, 5 liter engine going in no time. It also serves as a powerful flashlight with 4 settings, including strobe, and a power bank for charging devices.

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Trac-Grabber Snow, Mud and Sand Tire Traction Device

Trac-Grabber Snow, Mud and Sand Tire Traction Device

Snow, ice, and mud can catch even the best driver out occasionally, but the harder you try to get out of it, the more stuck you become. Installing these Trac-Grabbers on your drive wheels will give your tires the traction you need to get moving, and they’re incredibly easy to install.

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Purple Seat Cushion

Purple Seat Cushion

Driving can be hard on the body and especially tough on the butt and lower back. Make sure every ride is as smooth and luxurious as it can be with the Purple Seat Cushion. Relaxing (rather than resisting) pressure, it cushions, cools, and cossets on every single journey.

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YAKIMA RoadShower

YAKIMA RoadShower

Road trips and camping just got cleaner with the Yakima Road Shower. The cylinder can be filled with water from your hose or tap, and then heated while on the roof rack or on the ground via the solar panel for pressurized, hot water for washing, rinsing, or just freshening up.

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Drop Stop Car Seat Gap Filler

Drop Stop Car Seat Gap Filler

Have you ever had that heart-sinking moment when you drop your keys, phone, or money down the side of the seat? Make sure that never happens again with Drop Stop. Easy to install, this gap filler attaches to the seat belt catch to keep all your belongings safe.

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Spare Me Auto Rescue Tool

Spare Me Auto Rescue Tool

Cars only have a limited amount of space, and you don’t really want to clutter up the trunk with loads of different tools. This one does the job of five in one handy gadget; lightweight and easy to store, it’s a shovel, ice scraper, lever, traction aid, and leverage aid.

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Car Clip Glass Holder

Car Clip Glass Holder

Keep spectacles and shades safe and close at hand with this clever car glasses holder. Easily attached to the sun visor or air vent, it can hold two pairs of glasses at the same time, and/or tickets, business cards, or other small items where you need them to be easily accessible.

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Echo Auto

Echo Auto

Add Alexa to your car to make life even easier with the Echo Auto car kit. Connecting to the app on your phone, the Echo Auto plays through your car’s speakers and incorporates 8 microphones (which can be turned off) so it can hear you even over music and road noise.

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Handpresso Hybrid Auto Set

Handpresso Hybrid Auto Set

Long journeys can be tiring, which is why this Handpresso Hybrid Auto Set will come in so handy. Equipped with an espresso machine, two espresso cups, and a towel, this cool gadget will deliver a hit of caffeine even in a layby, before packing away in its included carrying case.

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Lifehammer

Lifehammer

Hopefully you’ll never need to use the Lifehammer Brand Safety Hammer, but if you’re ever in a motoring emergency it just might save your life. With a hammer for smashing a car window and a sharp blade for cutting through seatbelts, this could be the most important gadget you ever buy.

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Armor All Car Vacuum

Armor All Car Vacuum

No matter how hard you try to keep your car clean, it’s going to get messy, especially if you have kids. With the Armor All 12V Car Wet/Dry Shop Vacuum, you can rest easy, knowing that any kind of spillage, whether it’s crumbs or liquid, can be dealt with in seconds.

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CleverMade Collapsible Storage Crates

CleverMade Collapsible Storage Crates

Keep a couple of Clever Crates in your trunk and you’ll find carrying shopping into the home a breeze. Collapsible when not in use, these crates can hold shopping, books, or equipment securely in the car, and then simply lift out to transfer the contents to another location.

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Car Kettle Boiler

Car Kettle Boiler

Ideal if you know you’re going to be making a pitstop up ahead, this travel kettle works via the cigarette lighter in your car. Holding 750ml water, it slowly heats up to 100 degrees in around 45 minutes, meaning you can look forward to a nice cup of tea or coffee.

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SnoShark

SnoShark

Whether you have heavy snowfall every year, or simply want to be prepared just in case, the SnoShark Snow & Ice Removal Tool will deal with the white stuff quickly and easily. With an anti-freeze additive incorporated, this tool extends to 39” for large vehicles, and folds down small for easy storage.

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