On-road vehicle safety is something that even the Indian Govt. is focusing upon these days. Recently, the MoRTH made it mandatory for all Indian vehicles to be equipped with 6 airbags as a part of their car safety accessories. Moreover, several electric vehicles have been recently reported to suffer from a thermal runaway in the scorching heat of the Indian summers.
But the adversity need not even be extreme. You may also find yourself stuck with a flat tyre in between nowhere, or have to suffer from car theft. However huge or tiny the situation is, it is always better to be prepared beforehand to face it. Hence, we bring to you the 8 essential safety accessories every car owner should buy in 2022.
Anti Theft Pedal Lock
The first one in our list of the 8 essential car safety accessories to buy in 2022 is an anti-theft pedal lock. The AllExtreme CQ-248 is an 8 hole brake clutch pedal car lock that comes with an adjustable accelerator throttle locking rod. It is compatible with a range of vehicle types like SUVs, autos, vans or trucks, etc. and is built with heavy-duty chrome-plated stainless steel ensuring its durability. It comes with 3 keys, is lightweight, portable and compact, and is priced at Rs 1,026 on Amazon.
Anti Theft Car Wheel Lock
Next up, this heavy-duty anti-theft wheel lock clamp also comes from the AllExtreme brand. It is a high-security wheel lock that completely immobilises it from rotating or turning, and thus saves you in situations of theft or car tow. Made out of premium quality metal alloys and coated with PVC for avoiding any wheel scratches, this lightweight but sturdy wheel lock comes with 2 keys and is priced around Rs 969.
Car Safety Emergency Escape Tool
The third in our list of the 8 essential safety accessories every car owner should buy in 2022 is an emergency escape tool. This one from KeepCart is a car safety hammer cum seatbelt cutter that also comes with a window glass breaker and a light-reflective tape. The tool is great for rescuing in case of sinking, crashed, over-turned or a burning car emergency, wherein you might need to break out of your car to come out. Its sharp carbon-steel double-tip hardened head easily shatters the vehicle windows while its ultra-sharp knife cuts through any seatbelt in no time. It is priced at Rs 347.
Car Seat Belt Alarm Stopper
Most of the latest cars these days come equipped with a car seat belt alarm system. However, the alarm sound can be quite irritating when it rings in situations of absolutely no need. For example, all you may have wanted to do was just go to the passenger seat to carry or drop something, and the alarm beeped. This is where a car seat belt alarm stopper comes to your rescue.
Fifth in our list of the 8 essential car safety accessories to buy in 2022 is a jumper cable, which is used to jump-start a car’s dead or weak battery. AmazonBasics provides an 8 gauge 16-feet jumper cable which is UL certified and is ideal for small/compact or mid-sized cars. It has heavy-duty tight-grip alligator clamps with a 130amp rating and comes with an insulated exterior, a carrying case and a 1-year warranty. It is priced at around Rs 1,139.
Portable EV Car Charger
As the global electric vehicles (EV) industry is expanding at an exponential rate, the need for securing essential EV car accessories also increases. That is if you own an EV or are planning to invest in one. And the first one that comes to mind is a portable EV car charger. Now whether the nearest charging station that you found on the road has a charging cable or not, you won’t have to worry.
This one from Amazon is a 16/32A 240V electric charger coming with a 5m long cable and has three times faster charging capacity as compared to a normal charging cable. If you’re ready to make this one-time investment, it is priced in the range of Rs 20k to 30k.
Portable Air Compressor Pump
Imagine being stuck with a flat tyre in the middle of nowhere, with the nearest car mechanic or petrol pump being miles away. Not a very pleasant scenario, is it? Hence, a portable air compressor pump is always a must to carry, especially if you’re on a road trip with your family or friends. Moreover, even digital car air pumps come at very reasonable rates today.
This one from Xiaomi is a super-compact digital air compressor whose high precision alloy allows compression up to 150 PSI. It can inflate anything ranging from footballs to car tyres and has a long-lasting 18650 lithium-ion battery. It is priced at Rs 2,499.
Car Fire Extinguisher
The final item in our list of the 8 essential safety accessories that every car owner should buy in 2022 is a car fire extinguisher. Needless to elaborate upon its necessity, a car fire extinguisher should be kept ready especially if you own an electric vehicle. With the increasing number of EVs manufactured every year, the figures for the number of electric vehicles going on fire are also pacing up globally. Plus, it’s always better to be safe than sorry, isn’t it?
So those were our top picks for the 8 essential safety accessories every car owner should buy, in 2022. If you have any other car safety accessory in mind that could be added to the list above, we would love to hear your suggestions, through the comments section below.