Gifts for the Ones Driving Away in Their First Car

There are a thousand things to worry about while watching your favorite freshman drive off to college. Don’t let auto safety be one of them!

iPhone Mount

Still thinking of getting your freshman a bulky GPS? Newsflash: since the invention of smartphones, nobody uses them anymore! If their iPhones and Galaxies insist on guiding them around an unfamiliar college town, let them do so safely and in style! There are numerous iPhone mounts on the market, such as these two:

Koomus K2 Mount:

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The Koomus can be used both as a windshield and dashboard mount, so it’s ideal for places where windshield mounts are illegal. The mount can rotate 360 degrees and has 3M gel pad that can be easily cleaned in water and easily reattached after several uses.

If you’re looking for a more modern look, I recommend the Steelie.

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The Steelie utilizes both an adhesive pad and a high-tech magnet to secure your phone, even with a case! If you want to see a few more options, Mashable had a pretty good blog on the subject.

Tire Pressue Gauge

Ask any experienced drivers and they’ll tell you that having the proper tire pressure is the ultimate safety issue second only to brakes.¬† Get your freshman a tire pressure gauge and make sure they know how to use it. It’ll teach them to be responsible for their cars and themselves. Check out the CarTalk post if you’re not familiar with subject yourself.

Pressure gauges are so essential that you’re likely to find them at any auto parts shops, such as your local O’Reilly’s. However, there’s also digital options such as the Michelin MN-12279 Tire Gauge:

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This model comes with LED lights, a storage pouch, and has a display resolution of 0.1 PSI.

Auto Repair for Dummies

Every driver should know the basics of his/her car. Auto Repair for Dummies offers a wide range of topics, from a basic understanding of automotive systems to basic repair and maintenance.

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With the help of this book, your freshman will know how to handle emergencies, work with a mechanic, and much more.

New Driver Sticker

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The picture is pretty self-explanatory.  Believe it or not, it really can help make the road a safer place!

Feature image from Wikimedia.

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