Three pocket-sized gadgets that could help save you from a tricky situation.
Go gear: small but handy gadgets
Taking the pressure off the driver
The roads of the UAE are littered with the debris of burst tyres, something that can partly be blamed on the heat but also on driver neglect. These guages from TiroGage remain attached as part of the wheel and maintain accuracy, according to the company, of +/- three per cent range from -40° to +150°. Properly inflated tyres are not only safer, but longterm will prove cheaper. A tyre running underinflated is more likely to burst - resulting in a possible accident or, at least, a new tyre. With the TiroGage constantly displaying the pressure you will know when it needs topping up.
Contact http://tirogage.indedev.net for prices.
Life saver on a key chain
The BodyGard is a five-in-one "micro-tool" from Swiss+Tech with five potentially life-saving devices - including an automatic glass breaker, a safety-blade seat belt cutter, a sonic alarm, a flashing red distress light and a bright white LED torch light. It is designed to help drivers escape from their vehicles when the windows or doors fail to operate due to vehicle damage, fire or submersion. The device, which weighs less than 30 grams, is small enough to be attached to your keyring so it is always available.
Available from www.swisstechstore.com for Dh55.
Clean and cool jump start
Jump starting a dead battery in the searing UAE heat is not a fun task - as you stand with the bonnets of two cars open, attaching the jump leads and working up a sweat. With this closed-hood car jump starter you simply plug the leads into the two cars' cigarette lighter sockets, sit inside the car with the working a/c, relax for five to 10 minutes, hop back into the other car and the battery should be ready to go. You'll not have dirty hands from fiddling under the bonnet and there'll be no sweaty shirt to change.
Available from www.thinkgeek.com for Dh92.