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!
Keep the Party Off the Road: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Via Traffic Safety Marketing
- Drunk driving is a killer on the roads all year round, but data shows that the tradition of celebrating the holidays with alcohol leads to an increase of traffic crashes and resulting deaths and injuries.
- From Dec. 13, 2013, through Jan. 1, 2014, state and local law enforcement will be out in force cracking down on drunk drivers.
- Nationwide, the holiday season is a particularly deadly time due to the high number of drunk drivers on the roads. In 2011, 760 people lost their lives as a result of drunk-driving-related crashes during the month of December.
- During the Decembers from 2007 to 2011 there were 4,169 people killed in crashes that involved drivers with a blood alcohol concentrations of .08 grams per deciliter or higher.
- According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 32,367 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2011, and 31 percent (9,878) of those fatalities occurred in drunk-driving-related crashes.
- Drinking and driving endangers yourself, your passengers, and those on the road around you. Whether you’ve had one or one too many, always hand the keys to a sober driver.
The Consequences of Driving Drunk Are Deadly Serious.
- Driving while impaired is a crime that seriously risks your safety and the safety of those around you. Whether you have had one too many or are way over the limit, drunk driving is not worth causing a traffic crash, serious injury, or worse—death.
- The legal and financial costs of driving while impaired can be significant. Drunk-driving violators often face jail time, the loss of their driver licenses, higher insurance rates, and dozens of other unanticipated expenses ranging from attorney fees, court costs, car towing and repairs, and lost wages due to time off from work.
- Refusing to take a breath test in many jurisdictions results in immediate arrest, the loss of your driver’s license on the spot and the impoundment of your vehicle. Also, there’s the added embarrassment, humiliation, and consequences of telling family, friends and employers of your arrest.
Plan Ahead and Never Drink and Drive
- Even one drink can impair your judgment and increase the risk of getting arrested for driving drunk—or worse, the risk of having a crash while driving.
- If you will be drinking, do not plan on driving. Plan ahead; designate a sober driver before the party begins.
- If you have been drinking, do not drive. Call a taxi, phone a sober friend or family member, use public transportation or [insert your local sober ride program specifics here].
- Be responsible. If someone you know is drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel.
- If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact law enforcement. Your actions may save someone’s life, and inaction could cost a life.
For more information, visit www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov.
This year, resqme, Inc. is offering a Holiday Gift Guide to make your shopping experience just a little bit easier. We encourage practical presents that are handy all year long. Below are a few items to consider for your loved ones that would be great additions to any Car Emergency Kit. The gift of peace of mind is priceless.
Happy Holidays and Merry Gifting!
Recipe for a Safe Thanksgiving Trip
From resqme, Inc.
- Prep your car – check fluids, wipers, lights, and tires
- Prep yourself – get a good night’s sleep and know your route
- Prep the family – pack activities for the kids
- Buckle Up – that means everyone
- Watch the weather – adjust your plan accordingly
- Be patient – rushing just isn’t worth it
Makes 1 whole safe holiday road trip
Serves the entire extended family
Share this recipe with your loved ones and enjoy your holiday with peace of mind.
- 1 complete plan (know when and where you are going)
- 1 map (or substitute with GPS or smart phone app)
- 1 copilot (recommended for long drives)
- 2-3 activities for the children (as needed) – drivers and copilots can become distracted trying to entertain the children.
- 1 generous dose of patience – to offset the combination of heavy traffic, fatigue, and anticipation.
- Pack your bags into the car the night before your trip to avoid a delayed and rushed departure.
- Familiarize yourself with your route. Look it up before you begin driving. If you need clarification en route, pull over or ask your copilot. Don’t read directions while driving.
- For best results, prepare yourself with a good night’s sleep the night before.
Leave earlier, drive slower, live longer.