Safety gadgets for your vehicle

A car user inspecting her car

For some time now, I hardly carry cash enough along with me when I am going to work, to the pub to watch football or any social event. This is because I do most financial transactions on my phone (e-money), but in certain cases I have no option but to pay with cash.

In the same vein, technology has taken the state of vehicles high up the ladder of comfort, safety, and smartness.

Inasmuch as we now have high-tech and safety gadgets in our modern cars, there are incidents which will be out of our control and extra help will be needed.

There are some tools and gadgets which can be of an assistance in times of accident or danger, and they do not cost that much.

Dashboard camera (dashcam)

I have never been involved in a vehicular accident. but sometimes I just imagine a car owner explaining to her insurance company how the accident, which she survived, was not her fault even after the accident investigation, and she should be eligible to receive payment.

A dashboard camera

The dashcam, as its name implies, is a camera placed on the dashboard of a vehicle to record events for future reference.

Mostly, it is used by the security services – especially the police service (even though it’s not popular in Ghana) – and folks who are on a travelling experience and want to capture the moment.

Having one in your car will help validate your point in case of vehicular accidents, accusation of jumping a red light, or any road incident where video support would be crucial. A standard dashcam costs about US$50 on various online shops.

On the 25th of January 2020, @thingswork (how things work) posted a video on its timeline with the source quoted as business insider “https://twitter.com/ThingsWork/status/1221163186574856192?s=20″.

In that video an illustration is made of a vehicle that is steered out of its lane on a bridge and goes straight into the river. The main point of the video is how to escape from your vehicle when it is sinking and get to safety. 

There are other things I want to highlight:

  Seat-belt cutter

I remember one time I was getting down from a taxi in a hurry to address an urgent issue – and that was when the seat-belt buckle decided not to come out. There are few scenarios more stressful than this.

A combination of window glass-breaker and seat-belt cutter

A sharp mini-knife

Now, imagine yourself involved in a head-on collision: you need to get out of the car as soon as possible and the seat-belt buckle fails to unlock. That will set you in panic-mood. That is why it is necessary to have a sharp cutting object, either a knife or a proper seat-belt cutter.

 I need not explain its uses further. Just cut off the seat-belt, open the door and make your way to safety.

Window glass-breaker 

Just as the name goes, it is used to break the glass of the car’s window in case of an accident or if you are trapped in the vehicle and you need to find your way out. It is very handy and you can store it in your glove-box.

Also, the head restraint of your vehicle can be detached and used as a glass-breaker in case of an emergency.

Whistle

 

As a football fan, as well as others, we are quite familiar with this little object.

It serves more purpose than calling players to order on the football pitch, fouls and closing the game. The whistle is used to draw the attention of people around a specific area to an ongoing event.

A whistle can be a lifesaving tool, and having one in your car is a very good idea. You can hang it around the rearview mirror for easy access, or in your glovebox.

Whenever you are involved in a crash and you can’t get out of the car, the whistle can alert people around of your presence and they will come to your rescue.

In Ghana, we have a proverb that goes: “Too much of fish or meat spoils the soup”.

As I said initially, modern cars have been made safer, smarter and more comfortable – but these gadgets will be essential in dire situations.

About the Author

Edmond Nana Cabir Flynt is a vehicle sales advisor and consultant based in Takoradi – Ghana. He is also a volunteer, an entrepreneur, and an auto-show radio presenter.

For further inquiry, consultation, advertisement, product promotion (vehicle-related), vehicle and accessory sale, contact him on the following numbers +233(0)209461930 /+233(0)548383591 and email nanaflynt@gmail.com

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