June 27, 2017 at 2:18 PM
From the earliest days of motoring, cars and gadgets have gone hand in hand. For those who cut their motoring teeth in the 1970s and 80s, the top gadgets included stereo systems, extra fog lights and perhaps those famous “Dixie” horns. Today, cars are less-suited to these sort of aftermarket additions, but our modern-day love of technology means that the in-car gadget market is as healthy as ever.
Let's take a look at ten of the most popular gadgets on sale today. Some enhance safety, some improve comfort, and some are just for the pure love of gadgetry!
1. SB charger
Top of the list comes a gadget that is designed for your gadgets. How many times have you found yourself fighting with other family members for that single charging socket? This is where a multi-port USB charger can be worth its weight in gold. Just plug it into the cigarette lighter and you instantly have four USB charging ports available.
In this age of crash for cash, dashcams are seen as an essential piece of kit in many countries, and they are rapidly gaining in popularity here in the UK. In the event of an accident, you have the evidence of what happened right there on film.
3. Tyre pressure monitor
Today's cars might be more reliable than their ancestors, but they are still reliant on inflatable rubber tyres. There are some handy gadgets on the market that will keep a constant eye on your tyre pressures and temperatures, sending a message to your mobile phone if something goes wrong.
4. Tyre inflater
The tyre pressure monitor can tell you about a problem; here's a gadget to get you mobile again. A portable tyre inflater can get you moving with minimal time spent on your hands and knees by the side of a busy road.
5. Rechargeable torch
There are a number of rechargeable car torches available that typically give two to three hours service, and can then be charged back up from your car cigarette lighter. If you or your loved ones are out after dark, it is a perfect investment to help you see and be seen in an emergency.
6. Portable jump starter
Despite our earlier comment that modern cars are more reliable, there is one area in which they can let us down. All the electronics mean that when a car battery dies, it tends to do so without warning. A portable jump starter can get you running in no time, and can also be used to charge a variety of handheld devices.
7. Bluetooth diagnostic reader
One of the biggest complaints that you will hear from car enthusiasts is that if anything goes wrong with the car, they have to take it to a garage to be plugged into a laptop. There are a range of OBD II diagnostic tools that can find out what is wrong and send the details by Bluetooth to your smartphone.
The days of carrying around a full toolset might be gone, but there are still occasions when we need a pair of pliers or a screwdriver. A multi-tool is the motoring equivalent of the Swiss Army knife, and every car should have one tucked away in the glove box.
9. Car bin
What is it with cars and junk? If yours looks more like a skip, how about a car bin that fits neatly behind the driver's seat and keeps all those water bottles and crisp packets in one place?
10. Drop Stop
The best, however, is saved till last. What can be more annoying than the contents of your pocket falling into that gap between the seat and the door. Whoever invented this ingenious device deserves a medal!