With America still recovering from the pandemic, many Americans who are itching to vacation once again may opt to pile the family in the car for an old-fashioned road trip. In 2021, the road trip experience, however, can be far from old school. Countless gadgets claim to improve the road trip experience, if not by making it safer, by making the miles pass more quickly. Whether driving to visit a national park or to visit family and friends, this curated list of the best car gadgets will undoubtedly improve your journey.
AAA ROAD KIT
This kit contains everything you'd need to respond to a roadside emergency, from a 10-foot, eight-gauge booster cable set to a first aid kit. An emergency warning triangle and an LED flashlight will keep you safe if you find yourself waiting for roadside assistance.
The AAA Online Store sells various size kits and offers discounted member pricing. You can also stop at a AAA store near you to examine the kits in person.
If you'd find a different mix of items more useful, view the related products link on the AAA store page or search Amazon. Other kits may include fluorescent safety vests, thermal blankets, or a different ratio of tools to medical supplies.
AAA 400 AMP AUTO JUMP STARTER AND USB POWER BANK
This compact device can go from charging your phone to jump-starting your car, whether your car battery dies on the road or in your garage.
The device also contains two UBS outlets with Micro USB/USB C charging cables. So, whether you need the map or music app, you can keep your phone going longer.
The AAA Online Store sells a 400- and 600-amp power bank. The smaller version can jump start up to 3.0L gas or 2.0L diesel engines, like cars, trucks, motorcycles, ATVs, boats. The larger model is designed for up to 4.0L gas or 2.8L diesel engines."
AAA ROAD ATLAS
Phone batteries die, and some states' terrain can obscure mobile phone service rendering the most expensive phone useless.
While your car's built-in GPS may keep working even when your phone doesn’t, those maps may be out of date, and in-car GPS systems cost hundreds of dollars for dealer updated maps.
When all else fails, a paper road atlas can save your trip. The annually updated AAA Road Atlas includes comprehensive map coverage of the U.S. This AAA product also includes useful charts to help plan driving times, distances, and exit numbers on toll roads and major highways.
This Atlas is available from the AAA Online Store or any AAA retail store.
EPAUTO DIGITAL TIRE INFLATOR
If you’re prone to tire trouble, this digital pump is just what you need to get yourself home. At only one pound, and just over a foot long, this pump can easily stay out of the way on the side of your trunk.
This easy-to-use product can help even the least mechanical among us get back on the road fast. With an auto shut-off feature, this device won't let you fill your tire over the desired amount.
This product has earned the "Amazon's Choice" badge after receiving an average rating of 4.5/5 from nearly 30,000 reviewers.
Check out EPAuto's website directly for more information or search for product code B01L9WSTEG on Amazon. Do your due diligence and search for competitor products on Amazon or at the AAA online store.