With nearly a quarter of a billion vehicles on the road in the U.S. — and seemingly all of them in front of you as you try to shop — a gift for the car is something that just about everyone can use. North America’s largest motoring and travel organization, AAA, not without self-interest, has the following suggestions.
- MagnoGrip Wristbands ($16) — For the person who is always tinkering with their vehicle, a magnetic wristband can make it easier to hold onto small bolts, fasteners and other pieces that can frequently get misplaced under the hood. The polyester wristband is embedded with a super strong magnet to hold metal parts in place until they are needed. Just don’t go for your wallet with the band on – it can wipe out the magnetic credit card codes.
- Magellan Roadmate GPS ($199) — The latest model–the Magellan Roadmate 1445T–includes a 4.3-inch color touch screen and exclusive AAA TourBook information with ratings and descriptions on AAA approved places to stay, play, dine and save as well as AAA Approved Auto Repair locations. A highway lane assist function points users to the right exit, and Traffic Link provides subscription-free, live traffic updates. AAA members receive discounts and other benefits from Magellan on several units. Visit AAA.com/GPS for details.