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No one likes to chip away ice on the windshield and work up a sweat in that heavy winter coat. Plug this electric ice scraper from The Sharper Image into the car’s power outlet, and those thick ice sheets will melt away within minutes. The telescoping handle extends to 9” long.
Some drivers are finicky about keeping the floor mats clean. These floor liners from Husky Liners are custom-tailored to fit the front and back floors of almost any vehicle make and model from any year. The grooves trap everything from sand, mud and food crumbs to motor oil, grease and battery acid. Even better, they come with a lifetime warranty against cracking or breaking.
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AC adapters and USB charge cords are the bane of our plugged-in existence. For anyone tired of lugging them around, Callpod has the solution. The Chargepod can safely charge up to six devices in the car at the same time (the value pack has a car adapter). The global-friendly device weighs less than 2 ounces and can charge from 110-240 volts. Some devices may require separate adapters to work with the Chargepod, but the value pack includes vouchers for three free adapters.
Survival Supply‘s Roadside Safety Kit is a must-have for any road warrior. No one goes camping in the wilderness without a first aid kit. So why let the driver in your life hit the open road without some sort of security? This 12″ x 9″ x 10″ package sticks nicely to the trunk carpet. It includes an air compressor, flashlight, first aid kit, jumper cables and more. It even has a 24-hour roadside assistance program which includes three service calls.
The GL1 Diagnostic Cable from GoPoint Technology connects an iPhone or iPod Touch to the car’s brain, and the driver to his inner auto geek. He can monitor on-board diagnostics and figure out the problem behind the check engine light. The device easily plugs into the vehicle’s OBD-II port (usually near the driver’s left ankle) and works on all gas and diesel vehicles sold in the U.S. since 1996. The amount of detail depends on the vehicle’s manufacturer. It also doubles as a car charger.
Heated Ice Scraper – The Sharper Image ($29.99)
WeatherBeater Floor Liners – Husky Liners ($49.95 and up)
Chargepod Value Pack – Callpod ($59.95)
Roadside Supply Kit – Survival Supply ($69.95)
GL1 Diagnostic Cable – GoPoint Technology ($89.38)