Each time you get behind the wheel, you never know when you might run bumper-first into a devastating accident. But thanks to technological advancements, there are now a lot of ways to ensure that these would not happen. Here are some add-ons and gadgets you need for road safety.
At the forefront of these road safety gadgets is the dashboard camera or dash cam. Viral dash cam footage have been generating a lot of internet traffic these past few years. Dash cams have captured tonnes of internet-worthy videos, from near-death experiences, to amazing natural phenomena and plainly absurd happenings. But, of course, it is extremely practical first and foremost.
Dash cam footage can be used as evidence in car accidents. It can also capture bad driving and crime. There are even a lot of news reports wherein dash cams in Australia, UK, US, and other parts of the world caught insurance scammers on the road who would fake being hit and then extort their victim.
Lane change assists
Frequent lane changing is reportedly a major cause of crashes in the freeway. Because of this, automobile manufacturers around the world have developed lane change assists to — you guessed it — assist in changing lanes. These are equipped with radars on both sides of the car that usually have a range of 50 and warn other drivers of a lane change by flashing signals on the side mirrors. The radars can detect other vehicles behind your moving car to help you calculate the risk of your planned lane change.
360-degree blind spot mirror
360-degree blind spot mirrors give you a wider view of your surroundings and eliminate blind spots. They enhance the viewing angles of your side mirrors and let you see the area around your car, so you can manoeuvre comfortably and avoid collisions.
Portable jump kit
Sometimes, you forget that your lights have been on for a few hours and then suddenly find out that your car’s battery is drained. It is extremely frustrating to get stuck, but when you have a portable jump starter, it will not be much of an issue. All you have to do is connect your battery to it, start the engine and you are good to go.
The portable jump kit can easily fit into the dashboard compartment, where you can simply pull it out in case of emergency. It usually stores up to 12 volts that can jump-start a six-cylinder engine regardless of car model and comes with a torch. You can also use its 5V USB output to charge mobile devices with 2800 mAh batteries.
Emergency escape tool
This tool will save your life when you find yourself trapped inside your car. The emergency escape tool is a little keychain with two features designed to help break yourself out of a car. On one side, it is a stainless steel emergency hammer that easily breaks any car glass. On the other side, it is a sharp blade that cuts through jammed seat belts. This is a must-have for any car owner, but let us hope that you will never have to use it.No matter how good you think you are as a driver, no road in the world is completely accident-proof. Always seek to step up your road safety, so can drive on securely to wherever you want to go in life.