With Thanksgiving and the holiday season just around the corner, roughly 91% of Americans, according to the Department of Transportation, will be loading up the car to get to their destinations—with kids, in-law gifts and sweet potato casseroles in tow.
And while we all wait for self-driving cars to ease the traffic and navigate snowy roads for us, here are some tips and technology that will make your holiday driving experience all the merrier.
Hope for the Best, Plan for the Worst
Cold weather can be hard on your car. Don’t wait for the mechanic or tow truck on a snowy backroad. Portable jump starter kits and air compressors are tiny these days and won’t take up much space in your jam-packed trunk. Suaoki makes a number of small jump starters that will also charge your devices on the go, as well as air compressors for your deflated tires.
Hold Your Car in the Palm of Your Hand
Track your holiday trips, gas usage and mileage with Automatic. The adapter, which plugs in under your car’s dashboard, sends data to your phone that allows you to minimize driving and gives you peace of mind. It can see when you’ve been in a crash and assist; it can help you find your car in a giant lot; and, it can even help you diagnose your check engine light.
Eliminate the Blind Spot
Speaking of your vision, you can buy panoramic mirrors that expand your sightlines. Convex rearview mirrors that replace or clip over your existing one let you see more behind you. And ones like CIPA’s have dimming capabilities that cut down on glare, like the kind you might get from sun on snow.
Some like Falcon Zero’s include a dash cam and a camera trained on your backseat — so you can keep an eye on those precious passengers.
Article Credit(s): CapitalOne Voice, Forbes