You may ignore car accessories or think that they’re a waste of time and money, but there are plenty of great reasons to consider a few gadgets for your ride. First, you never know when you’ll break down, so it’s good to have supplies to keep you safe and warm. You should also consider tech and organization to make your car a convenient, comfortable place to spend time. We’ve gathered three of our favorite car accessories to get you started. These items will help keep you rolling safely during a road trip, and can help your new driver head off to college prepared for whatever the road throws at them.
Here are our picks.
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Everyone should carry an emergency kit in their car, regardless of whether they’re heading back to school or just commuting to the office across town. Jumper cables, emergency lights and signage, bandages, and other supplies can help you stay safe and visible when your car breaks down or you get stuck.
While we’ll generally tell you that you get what you pay for, it’s not necessary to spend a hundred dollars on the fanciest emergency roadside kit you can find. Many are available in the sub-$30 range that offer most of what you need. It’s important to note that you will need to add your own supplies to some of these kits, such as a blanket, shovel, or other tools.
Most of us look for cell phone plans from carriers that offer good coverage and reliability. That said, there are plenty of locations where even the best phone plan can’t cut it. That’s where a signal booster comes into play, and the weBoost Drive system is one of the best. It offers compatibility with all major U.S. carriers, including Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile.
The weBoost system is advertised as working with trucks and SUVs, but it’s more than capable of boosting your signal in a passenger car or minivan. We should note that this signal booster has earned some of the best reviews around, but many of the poor reviews are from buyers that did not understand the booster’s abilities. If you’re considering the weBoost product, make sure you research and understand what it can do for you.
Having a vehicle with tons of cargo space is a great benefit, but how you make use of that space is just as important as having it in the first place. Grab a trunk organization system to keep your small items from rolling around, and give yourself the ability to designate specific storage spaces for your gear. The TrunkCratePro organizer gives you several compartments and flexible storage for oddly shaped or oversized items.
If you don’t need the organizer, it can be folded almost flat for easy out-of-the-way storage, and TrunkCratePro offers a lifetime warranty against defects, so you can leave it in your trunk worry-free. The system also works in SUVs, hatchbacks, and wagons, so don’t feel like you can only buy an organizer if you have a sedan.