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Early Gift Ideas for Auto Enthusiasts

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If you are working on gift lists for family and friends this year you might have an auto enthusiast to buy for. There are plenty of brand specific gifts you can pick up but here are a few ideas you may not have thought of from accessories for your car to services and experiences.

Driving Classes – For the person who has everything the gift of experience can often be the best gift possible. A driving class/experience from places like Bondurant, NASCAR Racing Experience, or Speed Vegas let your recipient drive “real fast” in a controlled environment for the ultimate driving fantasy this side of the Autobahn.

AAA Membership – Auto Club memberships make great gifts as they not only provide roadside assistance, you can get discounts, free maps, vacation planning, and even many DMV services at their offices.

Backup Camera – If you know someone with an older vehicle that didn’t come with a backup camera, it’s easy to add one. Check out the selection at Best Buy and Crutchfield to make vehicles safer. Look for one that features night vision for better visibility when backing up in dark situations.

Head Up Display – To make navigation even more “hands-free” consider adding a head-up display from Garmin or Navdy. Both systems use navigation from your smart phone and projects information onto either a reflector lense or transparent film on your windshield so that you can see directions just above your steering wheel without taking your eyes off the road. If you can wait, ANKER is making a dashtop computer called ROAV and is taking pre-orders now.

Auto Rescue Tool – With a spring-loaded window punch, seatbelt cutter, serrated knife, and built-in led light, keeping this tool in your console could save your life if you are in an accident and can’t roll down your windows or unlatch the seatbelt. Other, similar products also include a tire pressure gauge.

Roadside Assistance Kit – For any long trip, or even just driving around town, it doesn’t hurt to have a roadside kit handy. With jumper cables, air compressor, and warning triangle along with tools you have most of what you need for a flat tire or other emergency. There’s also a first aid kit, emergency poncho, and whistle in case you are off the beaten path.

Windshield Cover – In colder climates a windshield cover is great for keeping snow and frost off of your car so you can get going quicker on winter mornings.

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