I am a safety-minded driver and I would like to be sure that someone special in my life is safe on our roads. So I would like to place a set of four quality winter tires under the Christmas tree for my daughter’s car. They will take up a lot of room but they could mean she gets to and from her university with a degree of extra safety. I would choose a set of Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice WRT for her car. I have ice-raced on these tires and use them on my car. A set from Second Time Around Tires in Scarborough would cost $195 per tire, mounted and balanced.
No limit for me
LEAF Double Layer Elite Sateen Nomex suit SFI 3.2A/5 Suit: I have been racing for many years with an old-style fireproof race suit that is hot and bulky. Today’s technology allows race car drivers to wear fire suits that are lighter, more comfortable and cooler while giving better fire protection. I would love to find one of these new suits under my Christmas tree. It would make my racing so much more fun. They cost about $1,100 from SCS racing Products in Newmarket.
$50 and under:
53 LED Headlamp: No, it’s not what you think. This is not a headlamp for seeing down the road better. It is a head lamp to mount to your head by a strap so you can work with both hands free while seeing into those dark recesses of automotive mechanicals. Since it is mounted just above your eyes it shines with the light of 53 LED bulbs directly where you are looking. What a great gadget for the DIY gearhead. (Canadian Tire — $9.99.)
General Tools Basic Inspection Camera: These neat gadgets let you look into those impossible to see areas where any auto mechanic will tell you those dropped nuts and parts always find. This mini camera on a flexible shaft allows you to look into those hidden areas to find dropped parts, leaks or broken wires. Ideal for the home based mechanic. (From Canadian Tire — sale price was $49.99 regular price $89.99.)
$100 and under:
The No Blind Spot Rear View Mirror: Newer vehicles come standard with an array of massive blind spots. This device clips over the inside rear view mirror to give the driver a claimed 180 degree distortion-free reflection of what is going on behind the driver. I firmly believe that the more you can see, the better off you are. In the old days we had he “wink” rear view mirror that many race car drivers used. This seems to be a modern day replacement of that. Cost is $59.95 from Hammacher Schlemmer catalogue.
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