- Let’s face it -- Americans spend a lot of time in their cars --
commuting to work, carpooling to school and sporting events, family
trips. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the
average American drives about 10,100 miles a year. Why not make that
road time more pleasant and convenient?
AutoSport helps motorists put the fun back into
driving with a wide variety of unique gifts and gadgets that make
great gifts for the drivers on your holiday shopping list -- while
you’re at it, don’t you deserve a reward for getting your shopping
done early? And just in case you procrastinate, it’s nice to know
you can take advantage of same-day shipping and gift wrapping on
Keep Your Coffee Hot
Does someone you know always take a cup of coffee
for the road? An insulated travel mug only goes so far in keeping
beverages hot. Coffee and tea drinkers will appreciate this 16-ounce
heated smart mug. Just plug it into the car’s cigarette lighter and
it will keep beverages at exactly the temperature specified --
between 85 F and 160 F. An audible alert lets the driver know when
the drink reaches the desired temperature. The mug fits into
standard car drink holders and the dishwasher-safe lining is
removable for washing.
This Won’t Stay in the Car for Long
The MiniTemp Infrared Thermometer instantly
checks the surface temperature of anything and everything in sight
-- bath water, the refrigerator, fish tank, wine cellar, and of
course, a car’s climate control, brake temperature and coolant
system. Racecar drivers use them to check tire temperatures after a
run. “We finally had to hide our photo sample; everyone in the
office kept borrowing it,” says AutoSport’s Mark Lee.
Simply point the thermometer at the target, using
the laser aiming beam as a guide, squeeze the trigger and an instant
reading, based on infra-red emissions, and appears on the backlit
display. The thermometer measures temperatures ranging from 0 F to
525 F with an accuracy of plus or minus 2 percent.
Checking Tire Pressure Will Never Be the Same
Proper tire pressure is an important safety
factor. But checking the pressure can be tedious and inaccurate with
standard gauges. Making sure tires are inflated to manufacturer’s
specifications is quick, easy and even enjoyable with AutoSport’s
talking digital tire gauge.
Simply attach the gauge to the valve stem of the
tire and press the button; when you remove the gauge, a pleasant
female voice gives you the reading. No more squinting to see a dial
or numbers. This gauge is perfect for low-light situations and will
measure any tire up to 100 psi. A standard 3-volt battery (included)
provides power for hundreds of measurements.
Dead Battery? Problem Solved
Anyone who’s ever left their lights on and come
back to find a dead battery will want to get their hands on this
portable jump starter. “Jumper cables don’t do much good if you’re
stranded alone in a parking lot,” says Lee.
The Car Start 1000 will get stranded motorists
back on the road in seconds. The jump starter charges at home and
stays operational in a car trunk for up to three months. A single
charge delivers 250 amps and yields five to six starts. The
heavy-duty 27-inch cables and built-in flashlight make it easy to
use, even in the dark. It is a compact 3 1/2 inches by 7 1/2 inches
and it weighs in at just 8 1/2 pounds.
Take the Guesswork Out of Parking
Parking larger vehicles like SUVs and vans can be
tricky -- and expensive, if the driver misjudges. Park Zone uses
sophisticated ultrasonic technology to take the hassle out of
parking. The sensor unit monitors the vehicle’s approach and the
display unit, mounted higher for easy visibility, lets the driver
know how close they are to their pre-set parking zone by changing
from green to yellow and finally red. It is easy to install, using
only a screwdriver. It runs on 4 AA batteries or an AC adapter.
The Newest Personal Digital Assistant Offers
Satellite Navigation, Too!
Garmin’s new iQue 3600 Personal Digital Assistant
(PDA) does everything you’d expect from a PDA and much more. Garmin,
the GPS experts, teamed with PDA leader Palm to create a handheld
device barely bigger than a deck of cards that can download and
store maps and then give verbal navigation directions. It acts as a
voice recorder and an MP3 player and runs Palm OS-compatible
Get even more mileage from the iQue 3600 with the
optional accessories: the auto navigation kit includes a portable
friction mount, with speaker/microphone and cigarette lighter
adapter; the travel kit has an A/C travel charger, USB cable,
international plug adapters and a carry pouch; the remote automotive
antenna has a magnetic mount for the outside of a vehicle or boat;
suction mount for inside of the window and 8 feet of cable; a
HotSync cradle with a serial connection for a PC is also available.
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