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So it’s finally happened; your teen (or young adult) has passed their driver’s test and can kiss the backseat goodbye. Gone are the days of playing taxi driver, shuttling them to and from sports, music lessons, school, and social activities- they are their own chauffeur now. You’re no longer bound by your kid’s schedule but that space is quickly filled with worry. How can you ensure that your child is as safe as possible when you’re not there to guide them? Do they know how to change a tire? What if their battery dies and you’re out of town? We know you can never be 100% prepared for every potential problem, but we have a few products you can grab to limit how often one occurs. From dash cams to seat covers, these accessories serve to keep your young driver both safe and comfortable.
1. Jump Starter
Whether you’re new to driving, or you’ve been at it for decades every driver should have a set of jumper cables in their car and should know how to use them. You may have gone over this important piece of information with your teen, and they may have completely ignored your advice (they often don’t share our concerns) so we’ve chosen a product that will alleviate any of yours. The TYPE S 12V 6. L Battery Jump Starter is a jump starter and wireless charging power bank combo pack that’s powerful enough to get even larger vehicles up and running quickly without the hassle of finding a good samaritan to help. Thanks to its compact size it’s easy to store and the rubberized exterior is designed to withstand rough handling and drops. You also won’t have to worry about wifi availability or cell service to google a quick how-to guide because our top pick is equipped with step-by-step, on-screen instructions to guide you through the process every single time. We’ve gone even a step further and added spark-proof clamps to the mix so you can find peace in knowing there are fail-safes built right in.
2. Backup Camera
Most new vehicles come standard with some version of a backup camera and sensors, but it would be pretty bold of us to assume that everyone and their kids have new cars. There are an overwhelming number of options to choose from when it comes to installing an aftermarket backup camera but we opted for one that not only provides added safety, but is affordable, wireless, and easy to install as it requires zero mechanical knowledge.
The Solar Powered Backup Camera with Night Vision is a great option that doesn’t require running power to any part of your vehicle, front or back. But how does it work if there is no power and there are no wires? Sunshine, my dear Watson. Well, that and a little bit of Bluetooth. All you need is a smartphone, the Type S Drive app, and a bit of patience to get an initial charge then you’ll be able to back in or out of any space with ease. We heard depending on your provider that you may even be able to save on your insurance premiums thanks to the added safety feature.
3. Dash Cam with 360 Degree View
Dash cams have become increasingly more popular over the last few years, and for good reason. They offer a number of benefits that can be extremely useful for both new and experienced drivers alike. Options such as the TYPE S 360° Smart 1080p HD Dash Camera give you the ability to view footage from all angles and it comes equipped with impact detection which will immediately store relevant content from before, during, and after an accident. This feature alone can prevent the need for witnesses to come forward and avoid a “they said, we said” situation. You can even opt for 24-hour surveillance with Park & Record mode which will automatically capture and save video 10 seconds before and 10 seconds after movement is detected. You may be asking “what if it’s too dark to see anything?” In dim lighting conditions, this camera self-adjusts, and night vision mode will kick on to provide crisp, clear footage 24/7.
4. Car Seat Covers
This one is geared more towards those of you who are sharing a vehicle with your teen, or maybe you just want to try and prolong the life of their car’s cushions but either way it’s a great gift for any automobile owner.
The TYPE S Wetsuit Seat Covers Set with DRI LOCK can protect against all those unwanted spills, rain-drenched clothes, and sweaty sports attire like no other. We even took all the guesswork about sizing out of the picture with adjustable fitment. The best part? These seat covers are affordable, easy to install, easy to clean, and comfortable to use. Covers may not fall into the safety category, but they sure do fit into the convenient one and will help in reducing the amount of wear and tear on your interior.
5. A Small Electric Cooler
What’s life without a little whimsy? They’ve put in the time and the effort and at the end of the day getting a new car or a license is meant to be celebrated so what better way to do that than with a unique yet functional gift? An electric cooler like the 13 QT Blizzard Box will keep snacks and drinks cold on road trips or during games and practice. If your loved one has temperature-sensitive medications, or maybe a constant need to quench their thirst with something cool and crisp this might just be the gadget they never knew they needed. They and their friends will thank you.
If you’re looking for fun and practical accessories for your new driver, TYPE S has options to suit every car and truck. If you still can’t decide or have questions about any of the TYPE S products we offer, feel free to get in touch - we’re always happy to help. Call us at (866) 294-9244, or shoot us an email anytime.
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