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20 Car Accessories That Will Change the Way You Drive

No matter what kind of car you own, you can improve your driving experience with these awesome gadgets

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Escort Long Range Radar Laser Detector

There's a lot to be said for observing the speed limit—first and foremost, that it can help keep you and everyone you're sharing the road with safe. But for those times when you're not paying close attention to your speed—and don't want to get pulled over—a good radar detector offers a "superior level of confidence and more freedom on the road," according to automotive site simplemechanic.com, which rates the Escort iX top-of-the-line, boasting superior sensitivity and the earliest possible warning of speed monitoring. But please note these things besides speeding that can get you a ticket.

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Beltronics RX65 Red Professional Series Radar Detector

To save some dollars, you can get the Beltronics RX65 Radar Detector for less than half the price of the Escort iX. Simplemechanic.com named the Beltronics device the best radar detector in its price range: "If you only have a small budget to spend, this is the best detector to buy." Don't miss these 17 secrets that traffic cops aren't telling you about avoiding speeding tickets.

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Owl Car Cam

In the event of a crash, you could lose—or break—your phone. The Owl Car Cam eliminates that worry by providing an automatic connection to the Owl Crash Response team, which is trained to provide high-quality, rapid assistance. As soon as a crash is detected, Owl calls you to see if everyone is OK and sends emergency services if you need them.

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Anker Roav Viva

The Anker Roav Viva may look like a car charger for your phone, but it's much more: Powered by Alexa, the Roav Viva will connect with your phone to give you directions, allow you to shop online, play music, listen to books, and more—all you have to do is ask ("Hey, Alexa ... "). Find out from a car salesman how to outsmart a car salesman.

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RapidX X5 Car Charger with five USB ports

With the RapidX X5 Car Charger, featuring five USB ports, you'll never have to worry about having enough USB ports to charge all your devices (and those of your driving companions). It even detects your device and delivers the fastest-possible charge accordingly.

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Bestek Power Inverter

If you need to bring along a laptop or other device that uses a standard household plug, try the Bestek Power Inverter: It converts your car's cigarette lighter into an actual AC plug. Check out these 13 things your mechanic really wants you to stop doing.

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Koomus Pro CD Slot Phone Holder

If you live in a state that doesn't permit phone mounts on your dashboard, then you'll be happy to know that Koomus makes this phone mount that slips into the slot of your CD player. Simply push a button and slide it into the CD slot, attach your smartphone (it attaches magnetically), and you're hands-free! Drivers–this one-second tire test can save your life. 

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WizGear Universal Air Vent Phone Car Mount Holder

If you don't have a CD player in your car for the Koomus, no worries. You can use the WizGear Universal Air Vent Car Mount Holder, which retails for under $10 and takes up barely any space at all. Make sure your car is ready for the winter with these 8 fixes.

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Coffee Gator Pour Over Coffee Maker

If you're looking to upgrade your travel mug and you're tired of using paper filters, this all-in-one gadget is for you. Make coffee right into the travel cup itself using the specially designed metal filter. Then pop on the lid and go—no pots to clean or paper filters to toss.

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Cisno Portable Espresso Machine

Make espresso in your car? It's possible with the Cisno Portable Espresso Machine. This self-contained, fully enclosed device boils the water for you using a rechargeable lithium battery you can plug into your lighter; it fits your favorite Nespresso capsules. Be sure you never do these 10 things to your car.

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