Recommendation: Cool gadgets to spruce up your car

Online shopping has opened up our world to innumerable options for gadgets and accessories and most of us love looking for unique products that make us stand out. This is no less true when it comes to buying stuff for your car. Whether we need them or don’t, we all love sprucing up our car with the latest gadgets. Here’s a list of unique, yet useful accessories for your ride.

Mpow BH044 Bluetooth Receiver
This ingenious device is designed to make your car’s audio system compatible with Bluetooth technology. Just plug it into the auxiliary port in your car’s stereo system, turn on your phone’s Bluetooth and play music or answer calls easily through your car’s stereo. The Mpow Bluetooth car kit can connect 2 Bluetooth devices at the same time and comes with quick charging technology. Get yours here.

AKASO Dash Cam C330
Apart from reasons of security, we’ve all seen some cool videos of strange phenomena captured on dash cams. And while dash cams range from a wide variety of prices, our pick is this model from AKASO. This 1080P FHD cam comes equipped with a 3 Inches IPS Screen, 170 degrees wide angle, loop recording, 24 hours parking monitor, G-Sensor, WDR and night vision. It also covers about 4 lanes of traffic in front of your car! Get it here.

Litake Car Air Purifier
With the amount of pollution out there, it’s time to start thinking about the air quality we are breathing while in our cars. This air purifier releases high-density negative ions that neutralize airborne contaminants such as dust, pollen, unpleasant odours and bacteria from the inside of a vehicle. Dual USB ports are provided for charging your mobile phone, tablet and other devices fast and safely. With its sleek design and colour options, this high-quality product is a steal! Grab one here.

LBLA Car Backseat Organizer
Embarrassed by all the clutter in your car? Aren’t we all. A car seat organizer isn’t really a ‘unique’ gadget, BUT, the LBLA backseat organizer is! Not only is it affordable, it also has great reviews and is equipped with a foldable table, insulated pockets for your umbrellas, is waterproof, made of PU leather and has a total of 10 pockets. A bonus is, it looks great too! Grab one here and get decluttering.

Portronics POR-130 iTrack1
You go to the mall, park your car and do your shopping; then you realize you’ve forgotten where you’ve parked your car! It happens to all of us. At times like these, this budget-friendly GPS tracker can come in handy. Just download the supporting app, pair up your phone and start tracking. It works for a distance of 10 meters which is completely reasonable for the price. Plus, it’s small enough to fit onto anything: keychains, collars, luggage, making it useful not just for a car. What makes this tiny gadget even cooler is that you can even use it to take selfies, has a long battery life and is water-resistant. This nifty accessory is currently on sale and you can grab it here.

Famous Movie Cars: Where are they now?

When it comes to movies, there’s something for everyone. Movies let us live out our imaginative fantasies that most of us will never live in real life. And while most films focus on the actresses and actors, there are those famous few when the plot relies on a required prop – the car!

We’ve compiled a brief list of famous films that included an equally famous vehicle and where are those cars today.

1. James Bond 007’s Aston Martin DB5
The cars featured in the James Bond franchise are just as famous as 007 himself. The films’ legacy of famous cars and gadgets can be traced back to one car – the 1964 Aston Martin DB5 the spy drove in Goldfinger (1964) and Thunderball (1965). The original movie car sold at auction in 2010 for $4.6 million. And I think fans can collectively agree that there is never gonna be a Bond car as glamorous as the 1964 Aston Martin DB5.

2. The Ford GT40
With the release of the latest film Ford V Ferrari, it takes us back to the iconic car in the film Le Mans (1971). Three versions of the GT40 were built and two of them still exist to this day. The Chassis P/1074 that starred in the film was sold for $11-million to a private collector in August 2012, Rob Kauffman, an entrepreneur and owner of RK Motors. Not only did he restore it to look like it did at Le Mans, but it runs like it did, too. Kauffman even brought the car back to the French racetrack in 2018 and drove the circuit.

3. 1970 Dodge Charger
You can’t think cars in films without thinking about The Fast and The Furious franchise. While every single movie has a bunch of great cars, there is only one that takes the spotlight – the1969 Dodge Charger R/T driven by lead character Dominic Toretto. Nicknamed “Tantrum” the car was featured in multiple films in the series. It’s now up for sale at a Chatsworth, California dealership named Fusion Luxury Motors.

4. Bumblebee’s Chevrolet Camaro
Back in 2007, fans where mindblown to see their beloved childhood Autobots in their live-action movie counterparts in The Transformers. And everyone (yes, everyone) instantly fell in love with Bumblebee. Thanks to the Autobot choosing to transform into the unmistakable yellow and black striped Chevrolet Camaro, the car earned a starring role. The Camaro’s sudden fanbase saw a boost in sales which even led to Chevrolet introducing its own Bumblebee Edition cars. All 4 Bumblebee Camaros were recently sold as a group at a charity auction with the final bid coming in at $500,000.

5. “The Love Bug” Herbie
When you think ‘Beetle’ you think of Herbie and vice-versa. The Volkswagen Beetle found instant fame in a series of successful Disney films as a vehicle called Herbie “The Love Bug”. The iconic design and the lovable character of a racing car with a mind of its own, made the car hugely popular and unforgettable for decades to come. This car was sold at Barrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach auction on April 14, 2018 for $128,700, going on to become the world’s most valuable Volkswagen Beetle for a second time.

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6. Audi R8 – Iron Man Series
It’s safe to assume that Iron Man is everyone’s favourite Avenger. Who didn’t love watching Tony Stark evolve and grow as a character throughout the series of films. But little do viewers realize that along with the growth of Tony Stark, happened the growth of the Audi R8. The Audi brand became synonymous with the famous superhero ever since the beginning of the Iron Man movie series when Marvel established early on that Tony Stark’s go-to car was the Audi R8. The first-generation Audi R8 came to be known as Iron Man’s ride with different versions of the car being featured across the franchise: the Audi R8 Spyder in Iron Man 2, the Audi R8 e-tron Iron Man 3, and the second-generation Audi R8 featured in The Avengers: Age Of Ultron and in Captain America: Civil War.

Throwback: Tata and the first fully Indian car – The Tata Indica

The Indian auto industry has become the 4th largest in the world. And while India has seen an invasion of foreign automakers enter the country in the late 90s and 00s, the country can proudly boast of its indigenous models, and it’s all thanks to the country’s very own Ratan Tata.

It all started back on 30 December 1998, when Tata rolled out a 1.4-litre in-house diesel car that was built from scratch indigenously. It was launched amidst huge fanfare at the 1998 Geneva Motor Show and made it to the Indian Auto Expo later in the same year. Tata Motors introduced the first and most modern car to be designed by an Indian company – the Tata Indica.

The Indica was a 5 seater passenger car and was also the first in-house developed diesel hatchback. It offered options such as air conditioning and electric windows which were previously limited to imported cars in the market. While competitors brought in foreign cars modified for the Indian user, The Tata Indica was a car that was tailor-made for Indian consumers. Its knockout, however, was the design. The sleek hatchback was unlike all local Indian cars and had an unmistakable international appeal.

Unfortunately, the downside was its performance. The motor vehicle was not without several defects. As word of mouth spread, sales declined. But with resilience, Ratan Tata stood firm and rallied to fix all the issues with the Indica. He went on to release the new and improved Indica V2, which was a huge success. It went on to become a permanent fixture as a top car choice for decades ahead.

Sadly, after a great run of 20 years, the Tata Indica was discontinued in 2018. But it is sure to forever remain a favourite among Indian drivers.

A Beginner’s Guide To Teaching Your Child How To Drive

Taking your teenager out for a lesson on driving can be a daunting task for both parent and student. But it can be a rewarding experience for both.

  • First things first, make sure your car runs smoothly before your child takes the wheel. A well-working car will make the whole nervous experience run smoother and less stressful.
  • Make sure your teen is ready to learn, aware of the vehicle and comfortable with the car and its controls.
  • Plan ahead. Make a lesson plan about where you would like to start the lessons. It’s always a good idea to know ahead of time where you are going and what you are going to do. This will also help to create a calm and confident learning environment.
  • Add an L signboard to your car to let other drivers know that the driver of your car is a Learner
  • It’s best to go over the basics and give them a lesson on how the car’s components work. Such as dashboard controls, steering wheel, seat adjustment, turn signals, wipers, headlights, mirror adjustment, airbags, seatbelts, parking brakes, switching the engine on and off, etc.
  • For the very first test drive, start in the safest, easiest location possible like a deserted road or empty parking lot.
  • Be a calm teacher. Don’t yell, but correct mistakes by asking questions instead of passing judgements. Ask them what is the speed limit, if the turn is legal, point out to them what should be done, how and why.
  • Take it slow and steady and build from there. Once your child is a little more confident with their driving skills, take them onto slow and quiet roads with little traffic. Let them practice driving on one side of the road, parking and stopping at stop signs and signals. Once they get the hang of things, you can move onto heavier traffic.
  • Awareness is key! Make sure your teen is fully aware of their surroundings and judgement of space. This is not easy to do, so it’s best if you remain extra vigilant.
  • Give directions ahead of time. Tell them in advance they will be turning in the next left. This will remove the abruptness of the turn and give them a chance to ease into it slowly and safely.
  • Always ease into the more intimidating driving lessons such as driving on the highway, parallel parking, driving next to large and heavy vehicles, merging into traffic, etc.

The above-mentioned points are just barely the minimum. There are various stages of learning how to drive and depends on each individual’s learning ability. Remember, once you successfully teach your child to drive, one day they will be the ones driving you and it’s those bonding moments that always last a lifetime.

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