Holiday celebrations are around the corner and it’s time to shop for our loved ones! Car lovers can be difficult to gift if you are not a race-pilot-in-the-making yourself. We’ve got you covered with this list of new, useful and fun gifts to help your family and friends keep their peace of mind behind the wheel.
Stay updated and organized
- Nowadays, we use our smartphone all the time, on and off road. You gave Mom a sweater last year. And Dad that TV he really needed. But now what? Keep your friends and family company on their commutes with audio books! A nice way to entertain them hour after hour and allow them to catch up with classics or new books. Get an audible gift card here!
- How about a dash cam? They can make recording what you see on the road so much more fun! Choose one with a wide-angle lens and high-definition video so your fellow motorist can share the journey on social media!
- An organizer can be helpful too! Staying organized – especially for busy parents – can be a struggle. Accordingly, a smart storage solution might be helpful. Whether it’s to keep your snacks put, baby’s toys and necessities handy, or keep your automotive essentials in check, an organizer is a great present for your not-so-organized friends.
- The resqme® is a car escape tool made in the USA and the original 2-in-1 emergency device that cuts jammed seatbelts and breaks car side windows. Powerful, yet small enough to be put on a keychain, it is a thoughtful gift for every driver. Spread safety awareness with this gift for life! A great stocking stuffer under $12, get the limited edition tools here.
- When you’re behind the wheel, eyes should be on the road, but this can lead to unexpected dangers behind the car. Every year, thousands of children are killed or seriously injured because a driver backing up didn’t see them. This $250 backup camera system allows drivers to see what’s behind their car at all times so that we can avoid these terrible accidents in the future.
- Do you know anyone who drives late at night or for many hours? The alertme® is a lifesaver electronic device to help prevent accidents caused by falling asleep behind the wheel. It is lightweight and about the size of a Bluetooth earpiece. It works by detecting when the user’s head nods while driving and emits a loud sound to wake the driver up. Get yours here for less than $10!
- A car is made for travel. So let’s go! Planning a successful road trip takes effort, and having the right gear along for the ride can make all the difference. For the adventurers out there, you might think about getting a cooler to bring yummy drinks along. As long as cars don’t feature a built-in fridge, a cooler is the best place to keep drinks cold and enjoy them at the top of the mountain when looking at a great view.
- For your fellow outdoors lovers, what about a sturdy camping tent that can be put on top of the car roof? Because winter landscapes are so worth it, these roof top tents will allow your friends and family to stay high above the cold ground. They also assemble in seconds, which allow more time around the campfire and less time fiddling with tent poles.
Stay stylish 💁
- Cruising in style is essential and here are some great additions to set you up! Decades have come and gone since fluffy dice air-fresheners were all the rage and a new one might just do the trick. Time to invest in something more creative like these $4 bacon slices ones. Even if you don’t own a car, the right bacon-obsessed individual will easily find use for this one. On this website, you can even customize the shape, scent and message of the air-freshener so it makes the perfect personalized gift!
Do you know what to do in an emergency situation? Do you know what you would do if someone grabbed you or if your safety was in danger? A lot of people think about these questions on a daily basis, especially women, but don’t have a lot of answers to.
Even though the world can be a scary place at times, you can’t live your life in fear. Situational awareness promotes ways to identify, process and comprehend the world around you and help you determine the best way to react to emergency situations. The following is a self-defense guide to situational awareness:
Situational awareness relies on your observations. When you’re walking down the street, you should keep your head up (not buried in your phone) so you can see who and what are around you. Notice buildings, doorways, side streets, people walking by, what people are doing and everything else around you. A great way to practice being observant is to people watch. Take some time to sit on a bench and watch people as they walk by. Notice what they’re doing, who they’re with and what their behavior is like. You also should use all five sense, not just your eyes. Listen to what people are saying and the sounds around you. Pay attention to odd smells or if something doesn’t feel right.
Trust Your Feelings
Sometimes your brain can get in the way of situational awareness. You may be trying to absorb too many details or you may have something else on your mind that distracts you from the situation at hand. However, you often can feel when something is wrong before your brain has the chance to process the information. Pay attention to these feelings. If you feel afraid or nervous, stop what you’re doing to think about why you’re experiencing those feelings. Turn your attention to what’s around you and get yourself to a safe place.
Have the Right Tools
Being aware of your surrounding is a huge first step to protecting yourself; however, you need to have the right tools to take the next steps. If you’re in a dangerous situation, one of the most effective ways to defend yourself is to change your location and put as much distance between you and the danger. Make sure you have a charged cellphone and an unlimited data plan so you can call 9-1-1 or have someone pick you up if you’re in trouble. If you’re nervous walking home by yourself, have a cellphone buddy that you can call to talk to until you reach your destination. You also should invest in protection equipment, such as pepper spray or a personal safety alarm. Our new defendme® personal safety alarm comes with a piercing 120 dB siren that can be heard up to 300 feet, which is the size of a football field. If you’re confronted by a stranger, you can use the alarm to alert others around you that you’re in danger and need help.
Know How to React
Situational awareness helps you know how to react in an emergency situation. For example, if you need to run away from a stranger, you would be aware of side streets, open stores or restaurants and other possible escape routes. You also can call for help immediately or change your location before anything happens. Situational awareness could even help you recognize an attacker’s weakness or ways to identify them later on. The more you notice, the more opportunities you have to react quickly and efficiently.
And even if it might look a little bit intimidating, getting into a martial art is a great idea. Learning self-defense is more than a simple exercise. Some martial arts styles are quite physically demanding and “hands on” than others, which means you’ll be training and sparring with an opponent right from the start. You can find some help to pick the best martial arts for you here. And as a high heels wearer, you might even be able to use your stilettos as self-defense tools!
Sara Parker for Social Monsters
About the author: Sara started her writing and editing career in the world of technology and gaming. She has written numerous articles about the tech world and knows more about the cloud than she ever thought she would. She’s an Android enthusiast and is always looking to learn about the next big thing in tech.