Along for the ride
Make your car a safer, nice place to be
Most of us spend far more time in our cars than we care to admit. Why not, then, make your driving environment as convenient, comfortable — and safe — as you can. Here are a few after-market enhancements designed to boost the pleasure you take in your vehicle. All are available at amazon.ca.
When you’re driving it’s essential that all of your cell-phone calls, incoming and outgoing, be hands-free. Most new vehicles come equipped with a hands-free system, but there are some out there that don’t have the feature. If yours is one of them, don’t hesitate: this is something every car you own must have. The Signstek Portable Multipoint Wireless Hands-Free Bluetooth Sun Visor In-Car Speakerphone Car Kit ($23) is a basic system at an excellent price.
Why stop with just your cell phone? Take it up a level with the GOgroove FlexSMART X2 ($63), which adds music controls and also has connections to charge your smart phone and MP3 player.
If your in-car navigation system is more than a couple of years old you can almost certainly benefit from a newer, stand-alone model. Highly detailed voice prompts and enhanced traffic advice are hallmarks of the Garmin nüvi 2597LMT 5-Inch Bluetooth Portable Vehicle GPS ($206), which comes with with lifetime maps and traffic, $206. Not ready to layout quite so much money? A good alternative is the free Google Maps app for iOS and Android. Something to hold your cell while you drive is another necessity. The one-piece Flexible Air Vent Cushioned Cradle Car Mount ($13) does the trick.
Jump-starts are synonymous with Canadian winters and they can be hard to find when you need them. The BESTEK 13600mAh Multi-function Portable Car Jump Starter ($76) gets solid reviews and also comes with cables for most electronic equipment as well as a powerful flashlight. $76. While you’re at it, prepare yourself for most summer or winter road emergencies with the versatile Superex SAFE TO GO 97-127 Winter Roadside Kit ($34), which includes an escape tool and a roadside flasher as part of a complete package that should see you through most roadside mishaps.
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