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32 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.

32 Very Useful Car Gadgets You Do Not Want to Live Without

Echo Auto

Echo Auto

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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.


YAKIMA RoadShower

YAKIMA RoadShower

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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.


Handpresso Hybrid Auto Set

Handpresso Hybrid Auto Set

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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.


Lifehammer

Lifehammer

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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.


Thule Motion XT Roof Box

Thule Motion XT Roof Box

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Spacious enough for up to 7 pairs of skis or up to 5 snowboards, this roof box is nevertheless sleek enough to be aerodynamic while allowing easy access to the car’s trunk. Super-easy to mount, it features a slide-lock system which locks into position and includes all-weather grip-friendly outer handles.


Car Clip Glass Holder

Car Clip Glass Holder

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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.


Drop Stop Car Seat Gap Filler

Drop Stop Car Seat Gap Filler

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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.


Car Air Purifier

Car Air Purifier

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Removing 99% of particle pollutants and absorbing odor and gas molecules, the Atem Car air purifier makes your car a much safer place to be. Cleaning air up to 20 times per hour, it makes commuting, road tripping, and vacationing a cleaner, healthier experience for all.


Armor All Car Vacuum

Armor All Car Vacuum

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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.


Purple Seat Cushion

Purple Seat Cushion

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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.


Battery Powered Fuel Transfer Pump

Battery Powered Fuel Transfer Pump

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It always pays to keep a jerry can of fuel in case of emergencies, but transferring it into the vehicle can be messy. The Tera Pump can transfer fuel safely at a rate of 2.4 gallons per minute with no spillage at all, and includes three different adapters to suit every need.


iKamper Skycamp Roof-Top Tent

iKamper Skycamp Roof-Top Tent

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You’ll never have to pay for accommodation again when out on road trips with this super cool gadget. Encased in a hard shell that attaches to your car roof, the iKamper Skycamp turns into a 4 person tent right there on top of the car in just one minute.


Auto Mini Fridge

Auto Mini Fridge

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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.


Digital Tire Pressure Gauge

Digital Tire Pressure Gauge

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The last thing anyone wants is a flat tire, so make sure you keep an eye on yours with the AstroAI Digital Tire Pressure Gauge. Simple to use, it attaches to the tire valve and gives an instant reading on the digital screen which is easily readable even in the dark.


Spare Me Auto Rescue Tool

Spare Me Auto Rescue Tool

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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.


Driving Connected GPS Locator

Driving Connected GPS Locator

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Keep track of cars with Bouncie, the tiny location device that gives you piece of mind. Using GPS, it can track a vehicle’s location including where it’s been, display Google Maps, create geo-circles, send an SMS to your contact in an accident, and even keep an eye on the car’s overall health.


CleverMade Collapsible Storage Crates

CleverMade Collapsible Storage Crates

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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.


Frost Free Windshield Covers

Frost Free Windshield Covers

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Those cold mornings when the ice or snow cover your windshield can be brutal, especially if you have to scrape it off with your hands. This pack of two windshield covers are easy to attach by looping them over the wing mirrors, and will keep windows crystal clear and fingers frostbite-free.


Water Blade

Water Blade

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Remove 90% of standing water from your car’s bodywork with the original Water Blade. Made from 100% medical grade silicone, this flexible blade passes cleanly and safely over any flat surface, moving water away while leaving paintwork clean, dry, and scratch-free.


Car Kettle Boiler

Car Kettle Boiler

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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.


Breathalyzer

Breathalyzer

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Drink-driving is never acceptable, but how do you know for sure if you’re over the limit? The BACtrack S80 Breathalyzer will give you a clear reading of your blood alcohol content in just 10 seconds so you can make absolutely sure you’re okay to drive, because safe is always better than sorry.


Drill Brush

Drill Brush

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Keep your pride and joy looking spick and span with this ever so useful drill brush. Easily attached to an electric drill, this brush will make short work of cleaning car upholstery, floor mats, and even wheels by reaching the nooks and crannies that are so hard to reach.


Cordless Auto Stop Tire Inflator

Cordless Auto Stop Tire Inflator

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It’s not always easy to find a place to inflate tires, but with this cool gadget you won’t have to. Easily stashed in the trunk of the car, this handheld device will inflate tires quickly and effortlessly, and will stop automatically once it reaches your pre-set pressure level.


Car Seat Organizer

Car Seat Organizer

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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.


JumpSmart Portable Car Jump Starter

JumpSmart Portable Car Jump Starter

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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.


Window Scraper

Window Scraper

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This ice scraper and built-in squeegee is heated, so clearing windshields, lights, and mirrors will be a doddle. The extra-long cord gives all-round access to the front, sides, and back, while the LED light means that even on those dark winter mornings you can see what you’re doing with ease.


YI Mirror Dash Cam

YI Mirror Dash Cam

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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.


Trac-Grabber Snow, Mud and Sand Tire Traction Device

Trac-Grabber Snow, Mud and Sand Tire Traction Device

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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.


Roav Viva Car Charger

Roav Viva Car Charger

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Roav Viva will make driving a pleasure. Compatible with Alexa, the Roav Viva gives you hands-free control over a range of services, including directions, music, Wikipedia and much more, all while charging 2 phones or tablets, and all it needs is the car’s cigarette lighter to work.


Night Time Driving Glasses

Night Time Driving Glasses

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Driving at night can play havoc with your eyes when the glare of street lights, headlights, and illuminated billboards hits you. Soften the effect with a pair of night time driving glasses. Equipped with yellow tinted anti-glare lenses, these glasses will make night time driving a lot more comfortable.


SnoShark

SnoShark

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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.


Shiatsu Massage Seat Cushion

Shiatsu Massage Seat Cushion

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Long commutes will become a pleasure when you have a shiatsu massage seat cushion in your car. Using a rolling and kneading action, this cool gadget comes with three settings and can target top, middle, or lower back areas for soothing relief as the miles fly by.


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