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11 of the Best Car Gadgets for 2022

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Whether you’re a regular motorist, a regular commuter or a true car enthusiast, there is a range of gadgets available to help you optimize your time on the road.

Whether you’re looking to entertain passengers on a long journey, tidy up your car, or track its location when not in use, we’ve rounded up some of the best automotive gadgets that will help you get the most out of your vehicle.

The best car gadgets in 2022

Amazon Echo Car

If Alexa has become a fixture in your home, it might be nice to hear that you can now take the virtual assistant with you on the go. Simply connect Echo Auto to the Alexa app on your phone and to your car speakers (via auxiliary input or Bluetooth) and you can do your usual commands on the go.

Whether you want to request a song, stream an audiobook, set reminders or check gas prices, you can do it thanks to the eight microphones and far-field technology designed to hear you over music, air conditioning and general road noise.

To protect your privacy, you can press the microphone off button at any time, which will electronically disconnect the voice activation. Make sure your car is compatible as not all are – you can find a full list here.

Disklabs Key Shield Faraday Bag

Disklabs Key Shield (KS1) Faraday Bag on White Background

Keep your car key safe from modern day thieves with this Disklabs Key Shield Faraday case designed to prevent your key’s signal from being picked up and copied, ultimately used to seamlessly sweep your vehicle.

Just put your keys in Faraday’s little bag when you’re not using them, and it should block all wireless signals, including WiFi, Bluetooth, radio, and GPS.

Ticarve car cleaning putty

TICARVE cleaning gel for car

Claiming it can remove 97 percent of dirt and crumbs from tricky crevices, the car cleaning putty is designed to get to those tough places where dust can collect in your car. Simply knead the cleaning gel into a ball and slowly press it into the car vents and other hard-to-reach openings, and when you pull it out, the dirt should come with it.

Made of high-tech cleansing gel, it is skin-friendly, non-sticky and has a lavender scent. It is reusable up to the point where the gel starts to darken in color.

Shark handvac 2.0 handheld vacuum

© Shark

Crumbs, dirt, sand and all the tiny granules that find their way into your car can be a nuisance, but instead of clumsily sweeping them away with your hand, or dangling wires from the window for vacuum cleaner extension cords, a handheld vacuum can can be a great alternative.

This handheld vacuum from Shark can be charged and kept in your car, ready for any accidents, or just to keep your car constantly clean.

It has a 15 minute run time and offers powerful suction between two different modes. Plus, it’s small and lightweight, so it doesn’t take up too much space.

Garmin dashcam compact

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Dashcams are a great way to monitor what’s happening on the road around you and get support if something happens to your car.

This Garmin dashcam is especially useful if you’re looking for something small and discreet. It records in 1440p HD video with a 140° lens. You can record day and night and get a solid video back. And the 2-inch LCD screen on the back allows you to review your shots every now and then.

The camera records automatically at all times, and with a voice control feature, you can tell the camera to save video, start or stop recording, and take photos.

There’s also a feature to keep the camera recording when it’s parked, and keep an eye out for any suspicious activity.

Norshire tire pump

NORSHIRE tire inflator on white background

Claiming to be the smallest and lightest tire inflator in the world, this portable gadget measures 8.2 inches long, 1.6 inches in diameter and delivers 175 PSI to inflate flat tires. Made from metal to be much more durable than comparable plastic products, it is designed to measure the correct pressure needed to extend the recommended tire life.

When the battery runs out, you can power the inflator directly from a 12V cigarette lighter, meaning it’s perfect if you have a socket in your car.

Halfords Quilted Seat Cushion

Halfords Quilted Seat Cushion

For long journeys or simply for those who spend a lot of time in the driver’s seat, Halfords Quilted Seat Cushion features a contoured design with a high-density padding to make the journey more comfortable. The cushion is made to fit your car seat with a non-slip backing and adjustable straps to ensure it (and you) is fully secured.

Yosh phone holder

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If you prefer to ditch the navigation system or built-in screen in your car, purchasing a phone holder can be a great way to use your smartphone’s map application while driving.

This allows you to clearly see the screen of your smartphone while driving, so that you do not have to balance it awkwardly somewhere in your eyeline.

This option from Yosh is an affordable choice, you just need to stick a magnet to the back of your device. This allows you to magnetically connect your device to the Yosh mount that fits into your car vent.

Tile Mate bluetooth Finder

© Tile

Less of a gadget for your car, more of one for those who always lose their car keys. The Tile Mate can be attached to your keys to help you locate them if you lose them.

You can use the Tile app to call the device when you’re within Bluetooth range, or if you’re too far away, use the app to see the Tile’s most recent location on a map.

As an added feature, you can use your Tile in reverse to locate your smartphone if you’ve lost it.

Tablet holder for car headrest

Tablet car holder on white background

Keep your passengers entertained on long road trips with this versatile car headrest that’s compatible with a wide range of devices, from iPads to Samsung tablets. The Velcro closure fits securely to the headrest without obscuring the buttons or the tablet screen, so the viewing experience is not disrupted. Easy to remove and reattach when exiting or re-entering a vehicle, it has a silicone net that helps prevent scratches and any damage to tablets and iPads.

Oasser trunk organizer

Oasser Trunk Organizer on White Background

It can be easy for the clutter to pile up in your car, which is why Oasser has developed a trunk organizer to keep you on top of your belongings. Made of waterproof Oxford cloth with built-in plates made of density board and pearl cotton, your items will be stored safely and well protected.

Collapsible and easy to install, it has three compartments with two movable plates that can create one large space. There’s also the added feature of a tough cover to keep your belongings out of sight for added protection and privacy.

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