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Essentials for Your Car Safety Kit

posted by Suzanne Kantra on June 05, 2013 in Travel & Entertainment, Car Tech & Safety, Guides & Reviews, Tech 101 :: 10 comments

With the weather turning warmer and summer travel season around the corner, many Americans will be hitting the road. Before you head out with your family in tow, you may want to consider these six tech products that can keep you safe and get you back on the road quickly if you have problems out on the highways. And while you're at it, load up on our essential apps to use on the road.

 

Eton Road Torq

Getting a flat tire on a dark road with no flashlight is no one’s idea of fun. The Eton Road Torq is a self-powered LED spotlight that provides plenty of light, without the need for batteries.

The Road Torq is powered by a dynamo hand crank — two-minutes of cranking give you 15 minutes of power. It also features a flashing emergency beacon to warn passing motorists.

Price: $19.94 on Amazon

 

Jump-N-CarryJump-N-Carry JNCAIR 1700-Amp 12-Volt Jump Starter with Power Source and Air Compressor

The Jump-N-Carry gives you not only a portable battery that can jump start your car multiple times per charge, but also an air compressor that can inflate your tires. This could be a lifesaver if you break down in an area with spotty phone service. 

Price: $209.07 on Amazon

 

Slime Safety Spair tire repair and inflator kitSlime Safety Spair

Changing a flat tire is messy, difficult and can be downright dangerous. With just the push of a button, the Slime Safety Spair injects a special sealant into your tire, plugging punctures up to a quarter inch, and quickly re-inflates the tire with its built-in compressor. All in 7 minutes…er…flat. There’s also a safety light for night use.

Price: $39.77 on Amazon

 

Tekkeon MP1580 TekschargeTekkeon MP1580 Tekcharge

The last thing you want to discover when your car battery is dead is that your cell phone is dead too. You’ll never run out of juice for your cell phone with this AA-powered charger. The charger comes with a retractable USB cable and seven adapter tips, as well as a standard USB jack to use the cable that came with your phone.

Price: $25.95 on Amazon

 

Eton ARCPT300W American Red Cross Axis Self-Powered Safety HubEton ARCPT300W American Red Cross Axis Self-Powered Safety Hub

The Eton ARCPT300W American Red Cross Axis Self-Powered Safety Hub is packed with features that will come in handy during an emergency. There’s a NOAA weatherband radio for tracking bad weather conditions, a flashlight, a red blinker for alerting others to your plight, as well as an AM/FM radio for general news.

You can use its built-in hand crank to power the device, charge its internal NiMH battery or pop in three AAA batteries.

Price: $55.52 on Amazon

 

Spot ConnectSpot Connect

If you frequently drive in wilderness areas, the Spot Connect can literally be a lifesaver in an emergency.  Spot Connect provides a satellite link for sending out an SOS call with your GPS location to the GEOS International Emergency Response Coordination Center (IERCC). The IERCC then alerts the appropriate emergency responders wherever you are — in North America or Europe. You can also use the satellite link to send text messages and email.

Price: $136.97 on Amazon or $169.00 at FindMeSpot.com, plus a $99.99 yearly subscription.

Updated on 6/5/2013.

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Cobra JumPack

From soo on May 05, 2014 :: 9:51 am

The price for the cobra Jumpack is $129 not $29.

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Thanks! Just fixed.

From Suzanne Kantra on May 05, 2014 :: 10:09 am

Thanks! Just fixed.

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You forgot the best of all - AAA Membership

From David on May 05, 2014 :: 9:59 am

Gadgets are great to have in your car should any emergency… emerges. The one service you should never be without is membership with an automotive service such as AAA. Not for nothing they have been around for over 100 years, having AAA in your wallet insures you, not the vehicle, thus providing roadside assistance to any vehicle you happen to be in. In addition, having this membership includes emergency trip insurance that will cover for incidentals should you be stuck with a broken car in the middle of your vacation or trip. You also get discounts to hotels, car rentals, pharmaceuticals, ticket prices and more. There is no traveler service out there that does not offer a AAA discount so for a small yearly fee AAA membership should be in your wallet weather you are a driver or not. If you travel, you need AAA.

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Another product to consider...

From Robert E. Calem on May 05, 2014 :: 10:07 am

Suzanne,
I suggest adding one more item to the list: the CarMD tester (http://www.carmd.com/71.6/Article/What-Does-CarMD-Test?). It’s a battery–operated, portable device that is invaluable when the “Check Engine” light comes on during a drive, because it can quickly and easily identify the reason — which may be as minor as a loose gas cap. There are ancillary benefits, too, such as identifying problems that may cause the vehicle to fail an emissions inspection. 

—Rob

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It's available on Amazon, too.

From Robert E. Calem on May 05, 2014 :: 10:09 am

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Great suggestion Rob!

From Suzanne Kantra on May 05, 2014 :: 10:29 am

Great suggestion Rob!

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Thanks!

From Robert E. Calem on May 05, 2014 :: 10:35 am

Thanks!

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Amazon employee?

From Frank W Mucci on May 05, 2014 :: 12:26 pm

I gather you own shares or receiving monies for the Amazon advertising.

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No

From Josh Kirschner on May 06, 2014 :: 9:48 am

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Owner

From Greg on May 06, 2014 :: 9:02 am

You should also consider a SafetySock found at http://www.SafetySock.com

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