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Essentials for Your Car Safety Kit
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-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
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 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 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
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.
Updated on 6/5/2013.