Dad’s special day is around the corner. Thank him for changing your dirty nappies; the fatherly advice he gave you about asking out girls or avoiding heartbreak from boys; and how his life lessons still make you go: “As my father used to say…”. So, get him a great gift for his car, and make his daily travels that much smoother. Or more fun. Or both! And we’re here to give you suggestions on how to do just that.
Macally Mount Holder for Smartphones.
R384 from Takealot.com.
In the 21stCentury, getting lost is optional. Whether it’s Google Maps or Apple’s Maps app, your phone is the only GPS device you need. And we, of course, are big fans of apps, since ours makes buying and selling cars as easy and convenient as finding your way in big cities. Not to mention the indispensable Waze, which helps us beat the traffic every day. Like we love to say, “Where there’s a Waze, there’s a way.” So, you want to ensure Dad has a proper cellphone mount – to make it easier to avoid accidents. This cellphone mount has 360 rotation and fits any smartphone. It’s a stellar cellar winner.
Anytek A100 Dash Cam.
R645 plus shipping from Zapals.com.
Unless you’re in Durban, where half the town is in a purple haze, there’s a lot of crazy drivers on the road. Some days, it’s like a post-apocalyptic wasteland out there. Which is why it’s handy to have a Dash Cam to capture proof of negligent driving (of the other guy, otherwise, destroy the evidence). Show Dad you care, about him and his insurance premiums, with this 170 degrees, 1080p wide angle lens camera. It starts recording the moment Dad starts the car. It’s also good if Dad decides to take the scenic route to show off his nifty driving skills.
Philips Mini Car Vacuum Cleaner.
R999 from Takealot.com/
Whether it’s the children, or grandchildren, there’s a good chance Dad might have enough crumbs in his backseat to lead Hansel and Gretel out the woods. Or maybe Dad is just too busy to get to a carwash. That’s where mall car cleaners come in handy. BuyCentre tip: most are willing to clean the inside of your car too, if you give them a bit extra dosh. With a portable car vacuum cleaner, they should be able to do a solid job. (We’re not responsible for any valuables in your car, especially if they’re ‘cleaned out’.)
Astrum Car Jump Starter.
R1299 from Takealot.com.
And speaking of kids, or grandkids, the last thing we want is for Dad’s car battery to sing its swansong on the road in a rougher part of town. At night. And he’s not sure if flagging down a stranger is a good idea, ‘cause he could get anyone: a nun… or a nutjob. Fortunately, there’s an excellent rescue device: a portable powerbank jumper starter. No need for complicated rolls down the hill or standing in the road waving his arms like a lunatic. Dad only needs to clamp it in and start his engine.