Top 8 Gadgets to Have In Your Car at All Times (For Any Emergency)

My wife purchases all sorts of accessories and decorations for our home. So once I thought, why don’t I do the same for my car? After all, I drive pretty often and find it an amusing idea to improve the comfort of my journeys. However, I wanted to do it differently. I decided to find the most useful car gadgets that would also provide me with safety in an emergency situation.

I consider myself a patient driver – but once in a way, I may unintentionally speed up. I also find long journeys quite tiring. Therefore, next time I go on a trip with my family, I want to be well-prepared for the road.

Hence is my review of the must-have car gadgets. I hope you find something useful for yourself. Enjoy!

Short Overview of My Top Car Gadgets 

If you are about to set off on a journey, here is a quick overview of the best car gadgets I found and tested on the internet. I’ve added a short description of each so you can decide which gadget is a lifesaver for you.

ProductIdeal for:Key Highlights

Stay Safe 5-in-1


Stay Safe 5-in-1

5 types of fires:

- Electrical
- Cooking oil
- Textile
- Petrol/ diesel
- Paper/ card



- Extinguishes fires in a matter of seconds
- Eliminates fire on electrical devices, textiles, cooking oil, petrol, and paper
- Compact and lightweight
- Non-toxic
- UL-recognized component EX28800

Key Smart


Key Smart

- People with lots of keys, looking to organize their keychain

- Holds up to 14 keys
- Assembly requires no tools
- Comes with a loop piece attachment for car keys


Bondic Glue


Bondic Glue

- People who want to give a second life to their belongings

- Versatile
- Non-toxic
- Hardens when exposed to UV light
- Should be used on a clean surface
- Comes in a kit

Baseus Car Vacuum Cleaner


Baseus Car Vacuum Cleaner

- Car owners looking for a quick and easy way to vacuum the car

- Lightweight and compact
- Cordless and portable
- Runtime of about 25 minutes
- Fully charges in 3 hours
- Type-C charging port


Norshire Tire Inflator


Norshire Tire Inflator

- People who don’t want to go to the gas station just to inflate tires

- Digital control system
- Powerful inflation capacity
- Compact and portable
- Versatile

Ztylus Vehicle Escape Tool


Ztylus Vehicle Escape Tool

- People who want to get free out of the car fast

- Razor to cut seat belt
- Sprong-loaded glass breaker
- Quick charger with 2 USB ports



AstroAI 2 Digital Tire Pressure Gauge


AstroAI 2 Digital Tire Pressure Gauge

- People who own a car and don’t want to make regular stops at a gas station

- Four different scales
- Illuminated nozzle
- Battery included
- Accurate readings



Escape Buddy Traction Mat


Escape Buddy Traction Mat

Getting your car out of:
- Mud
- Sand
- Ice
- Snow


- Efficient in as low as -15°C (5°F) and up to 90°C (195°F)
- Durable
- UV and corrosion resistant
Ideal for snow, sand, mud, and ice

1. Stay Safe 5-in-1

Stay Safe 5-in-1

Let me start by saying that every car must have a fire extinguisher. I want to believe nobody neglects safety rules with this one. The question now is, why would I need two of them? 

My bulky fire extinguisher sits in the trunk under a pile of picnic chairs and car tools. I’m afraid that in an emergency situation, I will fail to pull it out in time. So, my goal was to search for a fire extinguisher that is compact yet powerful – the Stay Safe 5-in-1

What I liked the most about Stay Safe 5-in-1 is that it doesn’t take up any space at all. Instead of the trunk, I keep it close to myself. As a matter of fact, I ordered three pieces: one for my car, one for the kitchen, and one for my test.

Here’s how I tested it:

My Opinion After Using Stay Safe 5-in-1

Since putting my car on fire wasn’t an option, I tested the extinguisher in my yard. I brought the grill and started a grease fire. 

Note: Please do not repeat it yourself. 

Just in case, I had my regular fire extinguisher ready to back me up. Luckily, I didn’t need it. The Stay Safe 5-in-1 was effortless to use, and I could extinguish the fire at a distance. 

I found it a great advantage if you are in a more serious situation where approaching the burning object is a potential threat to your life. 

Since it was my first time using the aerosol fire extinguisher, my aim wasn’t ideal, and I think I wasted a quarter of the bottle before actually targeting my grill. 

Key Highlights

  • Extinguishes fires in a matter of seconds 
  • Eliminates fire on electrical devices, textiles, cooking oil, petrol, and paper
  • Compact and lightweight 
  • Non-toxic 
  • UL recognized component EX28800

Basic Parameters

ManufacturerLifeSafe Technologies 
Weight 10.5 ounces 
Shelf life 3 years 
ReusabilityNot recommended 

What I Liked

  • The can is so compact: I could store it anywhere: in the glove box, drawer, and even my backpack. 
  • The extinguisher is lightweight and practical: As I mentioned before, you can eliminate 5 types of fire in seconds 
  • Quick and powerful: With one press, the spray forces a huge amount of chemicals out and efficiently eliminates the danger.  

What I Didn’t Like

  • Price: I think nobody should save up when it comes to safety, but this fire extinguisher is a bit overpriced. I would recommend purchasing a few bottles since you are likely to use the bottle in case of an emergency. 

Final Verdict 

Overall, I was pretty impressed with the product LifeSafe Technologies came up with. I would definitely recommend purchasing the fire extinguisher, even buying them in bulk, as you want to be protected at home, in your car, and in your office. 

My rating: 5/5 


2. Key Smart

Key Smart

If you are like me, it means you have – what seems to be – lots of keys: for your house, car, garage, safe, etc. I have a friend who carries 10 keys daily (well, that’s for work, he doesn’t have multiple cars and houses). So, I decided there wasn’t a better person to test Key Smart organizer than him. 

I ordered two pieces – one for a friend and the other one for me – and started the experiments. My theory was that the key ring is more fun and easier to carry around. Here are the two independent reviews: 

My (Friend’s) Opinion After Using Key Smart

Me; I don’t have that many keys, however, it doesn’t mean I found the tool useless. In my opinion, it’s a great organizer. The only disadvantage that I found was the organizer is ideal only for flat keys.  

My friend: After a week, my friend didn’t want to return the key organizer to me. So, I was forced to part with it. Because of the nature of his job, he usually carries lots of keys with him. Key Smart made it much easier for him to carry all the keys. He told me he had work keys on one side and home/car keys on the other. He also added that the keys took up significantly less space in his pocket. He no longer needed to spend minutes searching for a key. 

The only disadvantage he noticed was that assembling keys was quite a chore. 

Key Highlights

  • Holds up to 14 keys
  • Assembly requires no tools
  • Comes with a loop piece attachment for car keys 

Basic Parameters 

ManufacturerCurv Group
Weight 0.5 ounces 
Material Stainless steel 

What I Liked

  • Compact: Key Smart turns your bulky keychain to a Swiss knife sized key storage.  
  • Lightweight: The tool by itself is very light, but the extra keys will add some weight to it. 

What I Didn’t Like

  • Suitable only for flat keys: Although the key organizer will sort out your keychain mess, it may not be an ideal tool for round keys. 

Final Verdict 

Key Smart is an ideal organizer for people carrying a dozen keys with them. I will continue using Key Smart – however, I think people like my friend would benefit greatly from the tool. It is still a great accessory, and you can carry it effortlessly in your pocket. 
My rating: 4.5/5


3. Bondic Glue

Bondic Glue

My next item is a unique discovery. As an old-fashioned guy, I usually purchase regular glue, but this one is a game-changer for me. Hopefully, for you too. 

Some items were ruined by glue, and I had to throw them away. I hope Bondic glue will become a great alternative. The thing I hated the most about regular superglue was getting my fingers stuck together. 

In theory, Bondic is an adhesive that can rebuild shape and size (unlike glues that stick two things together). All you need to do is to apply some liquid glue and turn on the UV light to harden the glue in the shape you want. 

I have tested it on a couple of broken things I had lying in my garage. Here is how it went: 

My Opinion After Using Bondic Safe

After my testing, I realized that Bondic is not like glue at all. It’s a liquid plastic welder that I used where the glue wouldn’t work. It is also waterproof and heat resistant. 

So, once I laid my hand on the Bondic kid, I immediately started repairing everything around my house. The first thing was the charger cable, it was in a bad state, and I wanted to order a new one. Luckily, Bondic did a great job and saved me some bucks. 

I glued tiny round magnets to the fridge door where we usually stick keys. My child broke the handle from an old vase that my wife didn’t want to throw away. Since I am a beginner, I managed to attach the vase handle, and it seems to be glued well (although I did quite a messy job). 

I think it is worth pointing out again that Bondic is not glue but rather a liquid plastic that can be shaped before hardening. And the opportunity of molding it is what sets Bondic apart. 

Key Highlights

  • Versatile 
  • Non-toxic 
  • Hardens when exposed to UV light 
  • Should be used on a clean surface 
  • Comes in a kit 

Basic Parameters 

ManufacturerBONDIC
Weight0.1 ounces
Components Bondic handheld applicator, LED UV light, one 4-gram tube of liquid plastic adhesive, metal case 

What I Liked

  • Easy to learn: I have never used a hot glue gun, so Bondic was something new to me. Although the first few tries were looking messy, I managed to get a hold of it after a few tries. 
  • Versatile: The Bondic adhesive is a great tool to fix various appliances and even furniture. Once everything is repaired, you can always start molding any accessories or miniature versions of houses and furniture that can be later painted. 
  • Can be used on almost all materials: Bondic glue is pretty universal, and you can apply it on wood, glass, steel, leather, and wiring.  
  • Easy to shape: When I was fixing cables, I could adjust the shape as I wanted it to see on the cables. Although the first time wasn’t super successful, the liquid plastic stays exactly as you put it on any object up until you turn on the UV light. 
  • Fun to play with: Once I fixed everything I could find, I wanted to find a different – more creative – use for it. So, I molded a miniature table and chairs. My kids then painted them. 

What I Didn’t Like

  • Shouldn’t be used outside on a sunny day: The liquid plastic hardens when you direct UV light on it. The same effect can be noticed when working with Bondic glue outside, where the sun will ruin your work. 

Final Verdict 

If you use Bondic glue for what it was designed for, you will not be disappointed. As for the trips, it can fix broken handles or torn fabric. You can both keep it at home or store it in the trunk of your car, just in case. 
My rating: 4.25/5


4. Baseus Car Vacuum Cleaner

Baseus Car Vacuum Cleaner

Although not for emergencies, I always keep a portable car vacuum cleaner (in reality, I keep one for home and my car). I think every car owner appreciates the cleanliness in the car, but alas, finding time to clean your vehicle is a mission impossible.

To save time and money, I usually keep a handheld vacuum cleaner at home and bring it to the garage when my car looks filthy inside. It takes me less than 15 minutes to get rid of all the crumbs and accumulated dust. 

I have been using Baseus car vacuum cleaner for quite some time already, and it has never let me down. 

My Opinion After Using Baseus Car Vacuum Cleaner

I like Baseus car vacuum cleaner because it is very lightweight and compact. I can clean even the far corners of my car with no problem. 

The vacuum cleaner’s runtime is about 25 minutes, which should be enough even if you have an enormous car. I also often use it around the house – it’s quite a convenient and versatile device.

I’ve noticed that the car vacuum does a great job when it comes to dog shedding; it picks up everything from the car seats. 

Key Highlights

  • Lightweight and compact 
  • Cordless and portable 
  • Runtime of about 25 minutes 
  • Fully charges in 3 hours 
  • Type-C charging port 

Basic Parameters 

Manufacturer Baseus 
Weight1.21 pounds 
Runtime25 mins 
Charging time 3h
Charing port Type-C

What I Liked

  • Quick and easy to use: Whenever there are minor things to clean up around the house, I always equip Baseus vacuum cleaner and vacuum for about 5 minutes. The same applies to cleaning the car. 
  • Compact and lightweight: Baseus vacuum cleaner is one of those car gadgets that you can keep in your car. It’s small and doesn’t take up much space. Just don’t forget to keep it charged. 

What I Didn’t Like

  • Suction power could be better: I understand that it is not wise to ask Baseus for suction power equal to a regular-sized vacuum cleaner. If that were possible, the product would be unbeatable.   

Final Verdict 

Is Baseus vacuum cleaner an emergency essential? Not really. But is it a must-have to keep your vehicle pristine? Absolutely. Without any second thoughts, I recommend everyone to invest in such a handy device. 

My rating: 4/5


5. Norshire Tire Inflator

Norshire tire inflator

Quite a popular car gadget I have come across on the internet is a Norshire tire inflator. The product is quite compact, and the shape seems identical to the Baseus vacuum cleaner, so it’s a good sign – both can fit my car without taking up too much space. 

The product comes with a car charger and an air pump. You connect the two parts, set the settings, and start inflating car tires – as easy as it is! I find it useful and handy since I don’t have to drive to the nearest gas station just to check the tire pressure. 

My Opinion After Using Norshire Tire Inflator

In order to use the tire inflator, it needs to be 75% charged. It is better to keep it fully charged or keep it connected to your car as you use it – that’s how I did it. 

The device is nicely built, and I managed to inflate two tires, but not more. I think in an emergency situation, it’s a great inflator to keep in the car. It did overheat a bit, so you should pay attention to the temperature. 

Key Highlights

  • Digital control system
  • Powerful inflation capacity 
  • Compact and portable 
  • Versatile 

Basic Parameters 

ManufacturerNorshire
Weight600 grams
MaterialMetal 
Batteries1 Lithium polymer battery included

What I Liked

  • It is versatile: I got the tire inflator from Norshire because it can inflate toys, bike and car tires. 
  • Portable: The tire inflator is very portable, and it can fit into your backpack and trunk.  

What I Didn’t Like

  • The device was overheating: After using it for a continuous period, the device started to heat up. 

Final Verdict 

Overall, Norshire is a handy tool to keep in the car in case of an emergency. It won’t inflate all four tires, but it will keep you “afloat” until you get to your local car mechanic. 

My rating: 4/5


6. Ztylus Vehicle Escape Tool

Ztylus Vehicle Escape Tool

There are lots of emergency essentials but the most effective in an accident seems to be Ztylus vehicle escape tool. It cuts through the seatbelt, breaks the window, and saves you from any dire car situation. 

Here is what I think about it:

My Opinion After Using Ztylus Vehicle Escape Tool

Ztylus device is tiny, so I can keep it within my hand’s reach. Actually, this is exactly how the manufacturer wants you to keep it. Ztylus is an escape tool when you need it and a regular USB charge when you aren’t in danger. 

I kept it plugged in at all times and was charging my phone, so as a USB charge, it decently works.  

I tried cutting through the thick fabric with a blade found up the top of the device, and it did cut through the fabric. Next on my list was to test how good the tip of the device is capable of breaking the window. I was afraid whilst I would start pressing the tip against the class, I might cut my finger with the blade. Luckily, the design prevents any user from getting their finger in it. 

As a result, the Ztylus did break the glass. There is no button that vibrates and releases a sharp object, so I was pretty impressed with it. Apparently, once you press the Ztylus against the glass, the loaded spring pops out of the tips and shatters the glass. 

When it comes to efficacy, Ztylus does get the job done. When I tested it on a random glass, it never failed. I believe it could be a lifesaver for many, especially during an emergency when there is no room for doubt and hesitation. 

Key Highlights

  • Razor to cut seat belt 
  • Sprong-loaded glass breaker 
  • Quick charger with 2 USB ports 

Basic Parameters 

Manufacturer‎Dong Guan BAO XIN HANG DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY CO.LTD
Weight2.89 ounces
Output/Input2.4A / DC12-24V

What I Liked

  • Can be kept at my hand’s reach: Throughout the test, I kept Ztylus plugged in the cigarette lighter. And as you keep it there, you also convert the safety device to a USB charge. Very convenient!  
  • Super small: You wouldn’t believe how small the item is, but it fits nicely in my hand. The spring-loaded hammer is extremely powerful and shouldn’t be used on anything else than glass. 
  • Can be a USB changer: Not only did I keep it close to me, but I also used it as a charge when plugged into the aux socket.  

What I Didn’t Like

  • Some people reported charging issues: I personally had no problem with USB charging. Ztylus supports two ports, and both worked fine for me. 

Final Verdict 

Once I plugged Ztylus into my car, I immediately felt the peace of mind that if something happened and I needed to free myself out of the car, this tool would be my escape buddy. In fact, I ordered one more item for my wife’s car just to be safe. 
My rating: 4/5


7. AstroAI 2 Digital Tire Pressure Gauge

AstroAI tire pressure gauge

Number nine on my list is the AstroAI 2 digital tire pressure gauge – one of the gadgets for cars everybody should own. 

Before a long journey, I tend to check my car for any malfunctions, including the tires. I need to make sure they are well-inflated because my journey will be smoother and more enjoyable. If you have ever driven with badly inflated tires, you must know what I mean. 

My Opinion After Using Ionox Digital Tire Pressure Gauge 

With one press of a button, AstroAI checks the tire pressure. It has four settings, and you effortlessly jump between any of them if you want to. I usually stick to one of the scales. 

To check the accuracy, I went to the nearest gas station and compared the readings from another gauge. AstroAI didn’t disappoint me here, either. 

Key Highlights

  • Four different scales 
  • Illuminated nozzle 
  • Battery included 
  • Accurate readings 

Basic Parameters 

ManufacturerAstroAI
Weight4.8 ounces 
MaterialABS
Batteries3 Lithium Metal batteries included 

What I Liked

  • Integrated nozzle to see better at night: Sometimes it’s really hard to see the numbers on a digital screen of some devices. But I can’t say the same about AstroAI. It has integrated light that makes it easier to see both the tire and digits.  
  • Accurate: When comparing with other gauges, I didn’t see any differences. So, I am confident this device shows an accurate reading. 

What I Didn’t Like

  • A bit tight for a motorcycle: The gauge can be used on a bike, car, truck, or motorcycle. Unfortunately, the device can be a bit tight for a two-wheel motor vehicle. 

Final Verdict 

AstroAI is a compact and lightweight car gadget that I will surely keep in my car. I regularly check tire pressure, but I hate going to the gas station every time I have to do that. So, this device is going to save me lots of time and gas money. 

My rating: 4/5


8. Escape Buddy Traction Mat

Maxsa Escape Buddy Traction Mat

Nobody can predict when your car is going to get stuck. Once, it happened to me when I expected it the least. I was leaving my fishing spot right a few hours after the rain, hoping some mud would dry by the time I started driving. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen, and I had no one around to help. Sadly, I didn’t have traction mats with me to save myself and test the product. 

This time I am looking forward to getting myself in this kind of situation with Maxsa mats. Let’s see what gets out of it. 

My Opinion After Using Escape Buddy Traction Mat

According to the instruction, whenever your car can’t move forward, you need to:

  1. Place the mats under the front wheels  
  2. Slowly press the accelerator pedal and drive over the mats 
  3. And voila – you have just unstuck your car

To test the product, I went to a few places: my fishing spot (although it wasn’t as muddy as before) and to a sandy area (not a  snowy season at the moment). 

In both situations, Maxsa mats worked excellently. And the best part is that I didn’t need to call for help. I was entirely self-reliant, and this has persuaded me to keep the product and add it to my list. 

Key Highlights

  • Efficient in as low as -15°C (5°F) and up to 90°C (195°F)
  • Durable 
  • UV and corrosion resistant 
  • Ideal for snow, sand, mud, and ice

Basic Parameters 

Manufacturer‎MAXSA Innovations
Weight8.6 pounds 
Product Dimensions ‎48 x 14.4 x 5 inches
Material 

What I Liked

  • Versatile: I appreciate the fact that the mats can be used in snow, mud, ice, and other conditions. 
  • Durable: Maxsa used the most reliable materials to manufacture these mats. Any car can drive on them without breaking. 

What I Didn’t Like

  • Plastic may melt if you spin the wheels too much: Knowing how to use the product correctly is important. I have read the opinions saying that plastic melts. However, it only happens when a driver accelerates too fast. As per instructions, you should only accelerate gently

Final Verdict 

I am never going to take these mats out of my car, even if I need to store some more bags in the trunk. I believe that this product is a lifesaver and will get any car out of trouble.  

My rating: 4/5 


Final Word

Here, you have come to the end of my review of ten car gadgets every car owner should have. I hope you have found something that may ease your driving experience or make it safer. 

Each product was purchased and tested by me so that you can do the easy part of deciding what suits your needs and criteria the most.