5 Must-Have Car Accessories
For a lot of people, their car is a lot more than a way to get from point A to point B. It might also serve as a mobile office, a place to enjoy good times with family and friends or even an expression of your personal style.
That’s why a lot of people deck out their vehicles with all kinds of cool accessories. The right car accessories can make driving and living your life safer, more practical and more fun. Check out these five essential accessories from Scosche and how they can help you get more of what you want from your vehicle and your lifestyle.
1. Phone Mount
We use our phones for just about everything these days, including tasks like navigation and playing music. A car phone mount helps you safely use your phone hands-free while you’re driving so that it doesn’t interfere with your concentration. It’s particularly important for people like rideshare drivers, but almost anyone who frequently drives can benefit from a car phone mount.
There are many different places to mount your phone in the car, so think about which one will be safest and most convenient for you and pick a mount that’s designed to fit that spot. Options include window, dash, vent, cup-holder, etc. Scosche also offers some of the most secure phone mounts available today, in a range of styles, including magnetic, universal and even wireless charging!
- Our Pick: MagicMount™ Pro2
2. Jump Starter
A dead car battery can leave your vehicle immobilized when you’re late for an appointment, halfway across the country or in the middle of a snowstorm. (Maybe all three, if your luck is really bad.) That’s why a car jump starter is a must-have for every vehicle owner, no matter your vehicle or your lifestyle.
Once upon a time, you’d have to wait to get a jump start from someone else, but today’s tech makes it easy to jump start your car yourself in a very simple and safe way. In fact, Scosche’s jump starters feature a 6-point safety system, are spark-free and so easy to use. All Scosche power jumper models feature a flashlight and a phone charging port, come with their own carrying case and fit neatly into most vehicle glove compartments.
- Our Pick: PowerUp 400 Torch
3. Device Charger
Speaking of dead batteries, let’s talk about another one of the major bummers of modern life: dead mobile devices. Much like a dead car battery, a dead phone battery can leave you unable to access help in an emergency, or just make everyday tasks a lot harder. Keeping a car charger in your vehicle will make you better prepared for whatever life throws at you.
Note that it’s important to get a charger and cable that are compatible with your device. Obviously, you’ll need one with the right connector, such as a Lightning for iPhone or USB-C for Android. But keep in mind also that if your phone uses the USB-C Power Delivery standard, which most current smartphones do, a Power Delivery compatible charger will deliver the fastest charging capabilities.
4. Dash Cam
No matter what’s happening on the road (good, bad or hilarious), a dash cam will capture it and provide you with evidence when you need it. If your car is ever involved in an accident, a dash cam will help document what happened for the police and insurance reports and show without doubt who was at fault. Or, you might use dash cam footage to challenge a traffic ticket you think you didn’t deserve. Some models even activate if someone bumps your car in the parking lot!
The best dash cams available today, like this app-driven one from Scosche, are fully wireless-enabled, record in HD and connect to your other smart devices. These connectivity features give you important options like saving videos to the cloud, instantly reporting a crash to your insurance company and automatically detecting and recording important events.
- Our Pick: NEXS1 Smart Dash Camera
5. Backup Camera
Backup cameras are one of those things that many of us wonder how we ever lived without. If your vehicle didn’t come with a backup camera, adding one is a smart move to help you park more quickly and back up safely.
It's always good to have as clear a view of your surroundings as possible. A backup camera could make the difference in spotting a person, animal or object you might have missed otherwise. Scosche offers a wireless solar-powered back up camera that you can easily install yourself.
- Our Pick: Wireless Solar Powered Backup Camera