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    Before the next road trip, be sure your car is accessorised with tech that makes your journey hassle free

    Planning a road trip for the festive weekend? We suggest making it memorable and stress free by investing in car accessories and tech that serve purposes ranging from safety to entertainment and luxury. From a mini refrigerator to a heads up display, our list has most of your needs covered. And if you plan to party hard, we suggest carrying a portable breathalyser from BACtrack as well. Text: Ryan Peppin

    Under pressure

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    If you know what it’s like to change a tyre on a highway, you’ll agree that Blaupunkt’s TPM 2.14 USB tyre pressure monitoring system can be a life saver. Simply screw the sensors on to the valves of your tyres and plug the receiver into your car’s 12 volt power slot. It will continuously monitor and display the individual pressures and temperatures of each of your tyres, and warn you if something’s not right. Rs.18,990. Details: 24348008

    Pedal pushers

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    Sometimes life takes us to roads that are not meant for four wheels. And with a foldable bike stowed away in your car’s boot, you’ll never have to miss out on those roads again. The Verge X10 by Trail is one of their lightest bicycles that can be folded and opened in 10 seconds flat. Pick one up at a Firefox Bike Station. Rs.1,35,794. Details: 22442266

    Stay cool

    Waeco TB 15
    Struggling to finish your can of Coca Cola before the heat gets to it? Store it for later in the Waeco BordBar instead. This 15 litre car refrigerator draws power from your 12 volt socket and chills your beverages, fruits, and more. Its compact design also allows it to double as an arm rest. Rs.8,500 at Bajaj Communications, New Delhi. Details: 09810078414

    Stakeout

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    Headed for a self driven night safari? Arm yourself with the Ghost Hunter 4×50 Night Vision Binocular that’s lightweight and made of a durable polymer. Manufactured by Sightmark, who also make military sights, they feature a high-power infrared illuminator and multicoated optics to ensure you don’t miss a thing. Rs.34,992 on neimanmarcus.com

    Cutting edge

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    It is not every day that one needs to cut away their seatbelt, but should you find yourself in a tight spot, a seatbelt cutter can save precious time. This offering from Leatherman has a double sided blade and also comes with an oxygen tank wrench with a hex bit driver and a tungsten carbide glass breaker. Approximately Rs.2,000 at Extreme Adventure Sports, Pune. Details: 09967588171

    Pair of eyes

    Duo
    With GPS, G-sensor and two cameras (facing opposite directions), the Nextbase Duo grips on to your windscreen via a twist-grip suction mount. The device records through both cameras simultaneously and comes equipped with motion sensors that work even when your parked car is rammed into. Approximately Rs.20,000. Details: nextbase-shop.com

    Stay connected

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    If you’re the kind that can’t stay off the phone, a Bluetooth hands-free kit can be your best friend. Parrot’s MINIKIT Neo 2 HD allows you to make and receive calls without having to touch a single button. The device can connect to two phones simultaneously, while allowing you to stream music too. Approximately
    Rs.6,500 on flipkart.com

    Loud & clear

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    What fun can a long drive be without good music? If you’re a serious audiophile, Metal Effects Custom Design, that works on the cars of maestros like AR Rahman and Ilayaraja, recommends the Pioneer P99RS receiver, which has 31-band equalisers, AUX input and more. The set up, inclusive of speakers, will cost you around Rs.9-Rs.10 lakhs. Details: 9940499999

    Owner’s pride

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    A first of its kind device, the Navdy projects images on to your windscreen, allowing you to get directions and notifications without taking your eyes off the road. It works with your Android or iPhone, allowing notifications from your favourite apps, too. But the best part is that you can communicate with the Navdy through voice commands and hand gestures. Pre-order for approximately Rs.20,000
    on navdy.com

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