Getting stranded with a dead car battery or being caught off guard by a flat tire is not only stressful, it’s potentially dangerous.
Fortunately, there are a number of gadgets on the market today that can help you be better prepared for whatever the road throws at you.
Here are some awesome car gadgets that will not only improve your overall driving experience, but will also help you be ready for the unexpected.
Dashcams can be used to not only shoot a memorable drive, but can also come in handy if you get into an accident.
The forward facing camera won’t protect you physically, but the footage it captures can be used to prove who is responsible for an car crash.
The Z-Edge dashcam can shoot 30 frames per second and will switch on automatically when you turn on your car and shut off once you switch the ignition off.
You can buy the Z-Edge dashcam for $105.99 on Amazon.
A smartphone mount can make navigation a lot less stressful.
Instead of constantly looking down at your phone for directions, you can use a mount to keep your Google Maps or Apple Maps app within your line of vision.
The iOttie smartphone holder is the best-selling mount on Amazon and costs $19.99.
Portable jumper starter kit
There’s no guarantee that someone will be around to give you jump when you need it, which is why it’s wise to always keep a jump starter kit in your vehicle.
A jump starter kit is basically a battery source that allows you to start your car when it dies by simply hooking the clamps on the kit to the car’s battery. But it can also be used as a back up power source.
The Suaoki portable jump starter kit also has a flashlight built in. Suaoki claims that its kit can start a vehicle 22 times on charge and can be purchased on Amazon for $79.99.
Bluetooth car kit
You don’t have to buy a new car to be able to connect your smartphone to your vehicle via Bluetooth.
Belkin’s Bluetooth car kit plugs into your car so that you can play music and make calls over your car’s speakers hands-free.
You can purchase the gadget for $39 on Amazon.
USB car charger
A dead smartphone is the last thing you want while traveling. If you don’t have a USB port in your car, or if you need more than one port, this Maxboost USB charger is a good option.
You can buy the Maxboost USB charger for $9.99 on Amazon.
A GPS tracker connects with your smartphone to let you know the location of your vehicle at all times.
While this gadget is probably more useful for parents trying to keep tabs on their teens, it can also come in handy in the unfortunate event someone tries steals your vehicle.
The Spy Tec portable GPS tracker even allows you to set up a geo-fence and will notify you via email or text if the car goes outside the pre-determined area.
You can buy the Spy Tec portable GPS tracker on Amazon for $69.95. However, you’ll also need to pay $25 a month for the tracking service.
Seat belt cutter & window glass breaker
This device is exactly what it sounds like. It can be used to cut seat belts and break car windows in the case you or someone else is trapped after an accident.
This Resqme seat belt cutter and window glass breaker goes on your keychain and can be purchased on Amazon for $17.95.
This is a simple car accessory, but it’s incredibly useful.
The Drop Stop fits between your seat and the center console so that you never lose anything in that annoying crevice ever again.
You can purchase a set of two Drop Stop inserts for $19.99 on Amazon.
Mobile WiFi hotspot
Transforming your car into a traveling WiFi spot can help you stay connected wherever you go.
The Verizon MiFi Jetpack 4G LTE AC791L mobile hotspot is available for $49.99 from Verizon of about with a two year contract or $200 from other retailers without a contract. Of course, you’ll also have to pay a monthly service fee. If you use Verizon as your provider, you’ll end up paying about $50 a month for 4GB of data.