With just over three weeks until Christmas, most Americans are scrambling to come up with the perfect gifts for friends and loved ones on their shopping lists. Instead of another sweater that will end up in the back of a closet, why not consider a practical gift for the drivers on your list. The average American spends approximately 15 hours per week behind the wheel, so a gift that makes that time safer or more enjoyable will definitely be appreciated.
Depending on your budget, you might consider a gift membership to the American Automobile Association (AAA). The AAA offers a variety of membership plans, all of which include 24 hour roadside assistance services, including emergency fuel delivery, jump starts, flat tire assistance, and others. Best of all, these services are available no matter who’s vehicle you’re driving when you run into trouble.
A GPS is another great gift idea. There are a number of makes and models on the market with prices starting below $100. Some discount stores also sell factory refurbished models at deep discounts. Portable GPS devices can easily be moved from vehicle to vehicle, and require no monthly subscription charges.
On a tighter budget? A pair of heavy duty jumper cables or a snow broom also makes a great Christmas present. Snow brooms feature a thick rubber foam edge similar to a squeegee, which is highly effective at removing snow and ice, and won’t scratch your vehicle’s clear coat finish like hard plastic scrapers or snow brushes can.
Finally, a nice travel mug makes a great gift for commuters on your Christmas shopping list. Most vehicles feature center console cup holders which will accommodate all but the most massive travel mugs. Make sure the mug you select is adequately insulated, dishwasher safe, and has a spill-proof lid. Travel mugs come in a variety of sizes and are typically constructed of hard plastic or metal and come in a wide range of designs, including team logos which make them ideal for avid sports fans. Prices typically range from around $15 and up.
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