Three great car accessories that are helpful and green.
Go Gear: Environmentally friendly car accessories
Double the benefit
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to realise that, in a country like the UAE, harnessing the power of the sun is a good idea. Not only is it free but it's also good for the environment. And this little gauge also has dual benefits. The POWERplus Pelican Solar Digital Tyre Gauge charges from the sun and it helps drivers ensure that their tyre pressure is correct, meaning that there's a fuel saving as well. Genius! And it only costs Dh70, so what are you waiting for? Check it out at www.itmustbe green.co.uk.
Another good idea when you live in a desert is to conserve water, as it is a commodity of vital importance as the world warms. It's also used constantly in the UAE to cleanse our sandy cars but perhaps not for much longer. Companies in the UAE now offer waterless car washing, and you can buy kits for your home, too. This kit includes various washers such as carpet and upholstery cleaner, glass cleaner and tyre shine and 2.5L of that magic waterless solution. Dh282. www.go-waterless.co.uk.
Fighting fire with fire
Back to that scorching sun of ours. As you'll all know, it can rip the life out of car batteries, even if your vehicle is left idle for only a few days. This clever device not only prevents that from happening by charging your battery but it also uses the sun to deliver that charge. Take that sun! The 12V solar batter charger comes with crocodile clips and a cigarette lighter plug, as well as a generous amount of cable. The charger can sit on the dashboard, powering your idle car. Dh110. www.amazon.com.