If you don’t live in a bustling city with ample public transportation
options, chances are that you spend a fair bit of time in your car, so
you want to make that time as pleasant as possible.
That’s where tech can step in to help entertain you, keep you
connected, make sure you’re charged up and even help you get wherever it
is you’re going.
We’ve picked five fantastic gadgets that will help you get the most out of your time on the road. Have a look through the list below and let us know in the comments what your motoring must-have device is.
An FM transmitter enables you to play the tunes from your phone or your MP3 player on your car stereo. This model from Griffin works with all iPhones (apart from 4) and most iPods. It automatically beams your music via the best FM frequency it can find. Griffin also offers a companion iPhone app, the iTrip Controller, that provides easy-to-use controls for the device.
Once you use in-car GPS you’ll soon wonder how you ever found your way around without it. If you’re looking for a standalone device, you can’t go wrong with the entry-level, and therefore affordable, TomTom Ease. It’s compact and easy to use and offers A-to-B, turn-by-turn navigation (including street and place names) across the U.S. and Canada.
A speakerphone will help you stay on the right side of the law if you have to take or make a call when driving. The Cruiser from Jabra clips onto your sun visor and, once you’ve paired it with your phone via Bluetooth, enables you to chat and drive. It offers dual microphones for better sound quality and 10 hours of battery life (13 days standby time), so you should have plenty of juice for long journeys.
Cost: Approx. $45