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What’s Your Favorite In-car Gadget?

Posted in Car Accessories, Car Tech, General, Promoted by MrAngry | January 11th, 2011 | 7 Responses |

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By this point it shouldn’t be a secret that my happy place is behind the wheel of a car traveling across the country. For me, it’s not only relaxing, but a way to blow off some steam, collect my thoughts and simply enjoy the beauty that is, the United States (except for maybe Kansas). I’ve crisscrossed this country so many times now that I’ve got it down to a science. In fact, not too toot my own horn or anything, but at this point I’m one hell of a long distance driver. One thing that being in the car for long periods of time does is give you the opportunity to try out some new gadgets. Granted some work better then others, but for the most part each one plays a part in making long distance runs enjoyable. Listed below are just a few things that will not only keep you out of trouble, but make you’re journey a little more fun.

• Portable GPS Navigation Unit

GPS

These little buggers have literally revolutionized the way that people go about traveling. They’ll get you where you want to go, inform you about traffic jams, the weather and even tell you where to eat if the need arises. While still not a substitution for a good atlas, today’s GPS units provide instant feedback as well as piece of mind.

• Valentine One Radar Detector

Valentine One Radar Detector

I LOVE THIS THING, as it has literally saved me thousands of dollars in speeding tickets. I’m singling out this unit because I’ve logged over 100,000 miles of use with it and it has always come through for me. The beauty of the Valentine One is that it not only tells you what direction a signal is coming from, but gives you band and signal strength as well. This is a must for anyone who does distance driving.

• CB Radio

CB Radio

I’ll be honest, sitting in a car for 12-hours at a clip can sometimes get boring. Having a good CB radio with a nice long range antenna can not only help pass the time, but provide you with some pretty amusing conversations. Truckers for instance are some of the funniest SOB’s that I’ve ever had the pleasure of chatting with. Plus, not only will they provide you with vital traffic info, but they’ll also let you know of any police activity that’s going on.

• Cell Phone w/ Navigation

Droid Phone

Having a cell phone in this day and age is a must for cross country travel. More than once has my phone saved me when I was stranded on the side of the road. Get stranded without one and it’s a very scary feeling. If you haven’t already, I’d recommend going with a new smart phone with a built-in navigation unit. Not only does it provide you with constant communication, but it can work as a backup in case your primary nav craps out (had this happen twice so far).

• Satellite Radio

If you plan on rolling across the great wide expanse that is the United States then you’d better have some tunes with you. CD’s and iPods are great, but for total uninterrupted music then satellite radio is the ONLY way to go. Trust me… I resisted this for quite some time, but after having it now, I’d never go back to regular FM.

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7 Responses

  1. Kurt Ernst says:

    I never head out on the road without my iPod. I’ve got over 60 Gb of music, which covers a lot of miles…

  2. Nads says:

    XM and my Garmin GPS, without either I would be lost & bored.

  3. Hal (RSA) says:

    Radio. Hands down. All the other stuff I can get by without if I have to do so.

  4. Xavier says:

    Race Technologies DL1 is also a must, check it out… :)

  5. Dropped the ball says:

    …cb radio ! lol, what is this 1976. Exactly how did that make the list? Gadgets, how about some good ones, like an HKS turbo timer, Apexi SAFC and a Tein EDFC. The V1 is a good choice, but better if combined with their laser jammer.

  6. MrAngry says:

    You laugh, but you have NO IDEA how helpful a CB is. I’ve done 6 high speed coast to coast rallies and aside from the V1, the CB is the best tool you can have. Trust me…

    • Kurt Ernst says:

      Agreed, which is why I keep a hand-held one for long roadtrips. CB radios have a LOT longer range than radar or laser detectors, and truckers still use ‘em.