They may not be the flashiest of gifts, but chances are they will be used and appreciated. We’re talking about car-related gifts for drivers.
And who better to recommend some winners that go the extra mile than Consumer Reports’ auto experts?
This is what they want or would buy for the car enthusiast in their life.
A great gift is a headlight restoration kit. The product is easy to apply and can restore nighttime visibility.
Consider tickets or coupons to a local car wash if you live in a snowy area. Keeping all that salt off the paint helps protect it. And washing the underside keeps everything underneath clean and free of corrosion.
A very nice thing to get is a battery maintainer. It will keep your battery from running out if you don’t drive much these days. And if you do need your car, it starts right away.
Or how about a set of good floor mats? WeatherTech floor mats are molded to your specific vehicle. They keep out mud and dirt and make your car easier to clean.
A roadside assistance package is another good gift for yourself or for others. You never know where you’ll be when you need it, so it’s good to keep it in your car.
A tire pressure gauge is another good thing to have on hand. A small digital one bought from a hardware store will be easy to use. This allows you to check your tire pressure monthly as it should be.
And for the person who has a hard time shopping, a subscription to a music service for when they’re working on or driving their car is the perfect addition.
If you want to tell your favorite driver that you really care and want to avoid getting stuck on the side of the road, basic roadside assistance plans start at around $60 for the first year. They usually include four to five service requests per year.