Seven gifts for car lovers
Put down that half-price engine oil and buy these far more creative car gifts for your loved ones.
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We get it - buying gifts is hard. And with new products coming out every year, it's confusing trying to figure out what to buy your loved ones.
But if you know someone who likes spending time in their car, you're in luck. Here are some fun and useful gifts that'll be sure to put a smile on their face.
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Help them banish condensation with a car dehumidifier
Ok, so it’s not a cool toy that will turn your car into Optimus Prime - but condensation is a pain.
As we all should know by now, it’s key to get rid of all car condensation before you start driving.
It isn’t just unsafe, it’s also illegal as it limits your view of the road. If you’re caught you could get a fine of £60 and three points on your licence.
De-misting your car can take a while though. So having an item that keeps condensation at bay is ideal.
The Pingi car dehumidifier can do just that. The 12cm-high, cushion-like object can sit in on your dash board (as long as it doesn’t obstruct your vision), or on your back seat. It permanently absorbs condensation.
It can be used in different places too, for example in the home or in caravans.
So, in the months where condensation isn’t an issue in your car, you can use the Pingi elsewhere.
You can easily see when the Pingi is full by the circular indicator on the front of the bag. This changes from blue to pink when it’s fully saturated.
The good news is that the Pingi is reusable. Once it’s full it can be ‘recharged’ simply by putting it in the microwave.
Keep their windscreen frost free with an ice-scraper and built in mitten
If you’ve been pouring boiling water on your window to de-ice it, stop!
This could seriously damage your windscreen. Remember, when you’re de-icing your windscreen:
Don’t use boiling water
Don’t use your credit card or any other make-shift scraper
Never leave the car unattended if the keys are in the ignition.
If you know someone who does this, why not treat them to an ice scraper with a built-in mitt?
This scraper should de-ice your windscreen effectively, and the built-in mitten will stop your hand freezing on those cold winter mornings.
Leave plenty of time for your morning de-icing ritual, as rushing could land you in trouble.
As we mentioned, driving with a windscreen that’s not clear is unsafe, and could land you with points on your licence and a fine.
Our complete guide on de-icing your windscreen has more tips and tricks.
Struggling with the heat? Try a windscreen protector
When you think of a windscreen cover, you might think it only serves a purpose in the winter. It does do that, as it protects your screen from freezing over, but it also acts as a sun shade.
We’ve all been there when we’ve opened our car doors and been blasted by a rush of freshly-boiled air.
This windscreen cover’s manufacturer claims it could reduce temperatures in the car by 50%, making your first trip in the car on a summer’s day more bearable.
It’s easy to fit too. The cover has two flaps on either side that fit under the top of the passenger and driver door.
Once the doors are locked, the windscreen cover is secured.
Help them protect against keyless theft with a faraday pouch
Does your car have keyless entry? If so, it might be worth investing in some extra security.
Keyless entry car theft is on the rise. According to vehicle recovery service, Tracker, cases were up by 50% in July 2020 compared with spring of that year.
Keyless entry theft is when criminals manipulate the signal from the keyless entry fob, to open and start the car. Once they’ve done this, they can drive the car away.
An effective way to potentially prevent this is to use a faraday pouch.
The nifty and compact device blocks the transmitting signal from the key fob to the car. This makes it difficult for thieves to hack.
Keep their mobile secure with an in-car phone holder
Getting a decent in-car phone holder for your car is easier said than done.
Suction cups can lose their suction, and the magnetic holders sometimes don’t fit. It’s a nightmare – and an unwelcome distraction when driving. Particularly as many of us rely on navigation apps to get from A to B.
With recent changes to the law making it illegal to touch your mobile phone while you’re driving, getting a secure phone holder is key. The Beikell phone holder comes highly recommended on Amazon, with over 16,000 reviews hitting a 4-and-a-half-star rating.
It has an extra strong gel suction pad that should stay secure during even bumpy rides.
You can also remove the holder easily with a touch of a button. The makers claim it won’t leave an unsightly mark on the surface either.
Help them keep their tyres in good nick, with a tyre inflator and digital tyre tread gauge
You should always keep your tyres in good condition, regularly checking their pressure and tread depth.
If the tread is under the legal limit, it’s not only unsafe, it’s also illegal. You could face a fine and points on your licence, you might even invalidate your car insurance.
If your tyres aren’t at the correct pressure you may find that your car starts to eat up petrol. Or even worse, your tyre could blow out while you’re driving.
So, the RAC tyre inflator and digital tread gauge could be essential for any driver’s tool kit.
To inflate your car’s tyres to the right level, screw the tyre inflator to the tyre’s nozzle using the adaptor.
To power the inflator, take the adaptor and plug it in to the socket where the cigarette lighter usually is.
Press the button to inflate the tyre and you’re good to go! The manufacturers claim that the car should inflate from flat to full in under five minutes.
Once your tyres have reached full inflation (you should find this in your car’s manual) press the button to stop it. It only has one button so it shouldn’t be too hard to find.
It’s not just for cars either. The RAC tyre inflator comes with three adaptors, for bicycle tyres and other small inflatables.
The RAC’s digital tread gauge will help you suss out the condition of your car’s tread too.
Level up their cleaning game with a luxury car cleaning kit
The ultimate luxury gift for the car obsessed.
The kit comes with a 100% natural sheepskin mitt, which you can use both in the interior and exterior of the car. It’s best to clean the interior first though, as you’ll have to apply wax to the exterior.
It also includes an extra-large chamois - because every motorist knows a medium or small chamois won’t do. The lint and scratch free material is perfect for spot free drying and buffing to get that professional shine.
And if you’re noticing your screen is a little foggy, the chamois-covered sponges will absorb the moisture, minimising streaks and smudges.
The kit comes with a handy draw string bag to store everything in so you can keep it in your boot or glove box. No more garage clutter!