1. Wireless charging mount
There are two main reasons to get a wireless charger like this Xiaomi 20W Wireless Car Charger to mount onto your dashboard or windscreen: (1) you don’t have to worry about your phone battery going flat and (2) no more fiddling with wires and fumbling to plug in your phone to charge. Plus, you get to keep an eye on your navigation app as you drive. These are available at places like Challenger, Hachi.Tech and Moby Shop.
2. Memory foam neck pillow
Driving can take a toll on the neck and spine because car seats are usually not ergonomically made, and your spine is susceptible to jolts and vibrations of the car, which can strain your vertebrae and discs.
If you’re experiencing stiff neck or back aches from long hours of driving, a memory foam neck pillow can help to alleviate your pain. It relieves pressure by keeping your neck aligned with your spine. It’s also shaped according to the contours of your spine, so you don’t strain your body too much. High-density memory foam offer better support, but low-density ones fit into tighter budgets. You can get them from Amazon and JYM, which ships to Singapore.
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3. Comfy seat cushion
An alternative to a neck pillow is a seat cushion that supports your tailbone and helps to align your spine, promoting good posture while you drive. A seat cushion made of memory foam is ideal. Look also for one that has a special cut-out for your tailbone to relieve the pressure from sitting too long. Particularly for those with chronic back and neck aches, this could be an essential accessory to improve the quality of your ride. You can buy from JYM, Lazada, Shopee, or Ezbuy.
4. Bluetooth key finder
Always losing your keys? Now you have one less worry. The Tile Mate key finder is a handy, lightweight Bluetooth-tracking tag you can attach to your keys. Just sync it up with your phone and you can track down your keys anywhere, whether they’re buried deep in the laundry or your handbag.
5. Blind-spot mirror
Regardless of how you position your side-view mirrors, there will always be a blind spot. To limit your blind spot areas when you’re driving, attach a small, round convex mirror on the side mirrors. The lower outer corner of the side mirror is the optimal location to place them as they will reflect what your side mirror cannot reach. You can easily get one from petrol kiosks, supermarkets or Lazada.
6. Seat belt pad
Ever got burned by your seat belt? While it’s an essential safety feature, prolonged use of a seat belt can be uncomfortable, especially around your collarbone area. Make your commute more comfortable and prevent painful chafing by simply wrapping your seat belt with a pad – it’s perfect for kiddos too! There are dozens of designs and styles to choose from – get it from places like Amazon and Lazada.
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7. Dash camera
For safety and precaution, a dash cam with a wide viewing angle can be immensely helpful when the situation calls for it. The Aukey dash cam has a wide-angle lens that can capture up to 157 degrees in high definition clarity, and comes with an additional two-port USB charger. It also captures stills and in-car audio. An in-built G sensor also tracks your speed and is automatically triggered to record unexpected incidents.
8. Bluetooth FM transmitter
Newer cars have in-built Bluetooth, but if yours doesn’t, a Bluetooth radio adapter can make driving so much more enjoyable and convenient. Not only does it have a fast-charging USB port, you can also play music from a MicroSD card or your phone. (Time to give that Spotify playlist you painstakingly curated a good spin!) The Nulaxy Bluetooth FM Transmitter comes with an in-built microphone that lets you to make hands-free calls, and a screen that displays your calls and even song information.
10. Flat tyre sealer
Getting a flat tyre in the middle of driving can be a real bummer — not to mention dangerous. Be prepared for such a situation by keeping a flat tyre sealer in your car. Fix-A-Flat is a non-flammable formula that you can simply spray over any hole in your tyre. It quickly inflates the tyre and seals the hole, buying you some time to drive to a car servicing centre or workshop. It’s not a permanent fix, but it can save your wheels until you can get them repaired ASAP. You can buy it from Lazada, Tirecare or Pitstop Tyres.