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23 Car Gadgets That Make Driving Safer

Here are 23 affordable car gadgets, from backup cameras to LED road flares, that will immediately make driving safer.

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01_Backup-camera-dashcamvia amazon.com

Backup camera dashcam

More and more new cars are coming standard with rear backup cameras but with this affordable car gadget, you can add the ability to park safely, back up with ease, and even record in HD what's happening in front of and behind you to almost any car. The backup cam images appear on your rearview mirror so your eyes will be able to stay focused on the road just like they do today.

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02_Head's-up-display-speedometervia amazon.com

Head's up display speedometer

Compatible with all vehicles, this handy head's up speedometer car gadget will help keep you safe on the road. Instead of glancing down at your dashboard's spread-out displays, the TIMPROVE T600 delivers your vehicle speed, driving direction, voltage, driving distance measurement, driving time, low voltage alarm, over speed alarm, satellite time and number, and altitude all at eye level on top of your dash. Head's up displays are standard in some luxury cars like the Range Rover's line of vehicles, but check out the best car deals under $18,000 to which you can add a HUD car gadget.

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03_Magnetic-phone-holdervia amazon.com

Magnetic phone holder

Of course you shouldn't be using your phone while driving but whether you're switching songs, firing up a new podcast episode, or following Google Maps, this magnetic phone holder will place your smartphone closer to eye level, thus making those glances shorter and safer, sending your eyes back to the road up ahead quicker.

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Portable car battery boost

A dead car battery is awkward at best because you need to rely on the kindness of strangers to take time out of their day to pop their hood and give your car a boost—at worst it could put you in an unsafe position if it happens late at night in a parking lot with no one else around. No more of that business with the NOCO Boost Plus, a portable car battery jump solution that can also charge your phones, tablets, and other USB devices. Safely jump start a dead battery in seconds on most gasoline engines up to 6 liters and diesel engines up to 3 liters, and never have to ask a stranger for help in a parking lot again. These 11 other winter driving tips will help keep you and your family safe while on the road in the colder months.

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Teen Driver Mode

The ultimate in driver safety exists in the 2020 Chevrolet Traverse. Parents are able to set maximum speed and audio volume level, and receive reports seeing how their teen driver did behind the wheel. But the best feature is Buckle To Drive technology that will not allow your teen to switch gears out of park or listen to music until all seat belts are buckled. The Buckle to Drive tech is available in Teen Driver Mode in the 2020 Chevy Malibu and Colorado as well. Slap a reflective New Driver magnetic bumper sticker onto the back and sides of the car to help keep your teen driver even safer on the road while he gets accustomed to the speed, the car, and these confusing road signs. 

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GPS tracker

A free year of service means you'll always know where your vehicle is, via a real-time smartphone app. This Vyncs GPS tracker car gadget will keep your vehicle safe and give you peace of mind when your teens take your car for a spin.

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07_Dog-seat-beltvia amazon.com

Dog seat belt

Driving with your pup can be charming but to keep you in the front seat and your dog in the back as safe as possible while in motion, this Duke & Dixie dog seat belt is a must-own car gadget, whether you're going around the block or across the country with your canine best friend. It's one of the 15 items every dog owner needs before taking a road trip with their pup in tow.

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08_Emergency-escape-toolvia amazon.com

Emergency escape tool

Few car gadgets are as affordable and as essential as this escape tool. Sold as a two-pack, each contains a seat belt cutter and double-tipped emergency car window hammer made of high-grade carbon steel to safely and quickly crack the glass to escape in an accident. Here are the weird car features you didn't know your car could have.

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Smart car charger

This nonda ZUS Smart car charger doesn't look like anything special but it is actually many car gadgets in one. Charge your phone with lightning speed while also monitoring your car battery's health, plus get the ability to find your car using GPS and receive parking meter alerts.

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Portable air compressor pump

Never search for a gas station with an air pump, or quarters to feed that air pump, again with this Helteko Portable air compressor pump. Using your car's power, this car gadget lets you quickly and safely refill your tires air no matter where you are. The LCD digital display and auto-shutoff means you will always inflate your tires to the perfect PSI for safe driving.

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