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    Updated on Aug 8, 2020. Posted on Aug 6, 2020

    23 Problem-Solving Products For Anyone Who Drives In The Summer

    Including car fans so people in the backseat can finally get some air, a detailer that'll dislodge dog hair from your carpets, and a bug-guts remover you need in preparation for love bug season.

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    1. A cleaning brush for gently lifting spilled ice cream and other sticky stains your kids' summer treats will leave on your leather or upholstery. The soft bristles are tough on dirt but gentle on your car's interior so you can get rid of any evidence that's baked into your car seats thanks to the blistering summer heat.

    Reviewer's before and after showing the brush lifted and lightened stains on upholstered seats
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    Promising review: "I've been wanting to clean the interior of my car for a while but it was too dirty to just vacuum. I got this brush hoping it would remove most of the dirt and grime from the carpets of my car and it worked better than expected! The grip is very nice, the bristles of the brush works perfectly and using this brush before vacuuming made my car look brand new! Very happy with this purchase." —Andres Chavez

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    2. A leather cleaner and conditioner if the summer sun is cracking and fading your seats. This liquid takes dirt and oils with it while leaving behind a nourishing barrier that helps prevent further UV damage. It's also safe to use on your leather jacket, shoes, and furniture.

    Reviewer's before and after showing the products got rid of the cracks in their leather car seats
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    It works with any color leather!

    Promising review: "This is really nice to use. It cleans my seats so nicely, and it makes them look shiny and brand new. I will continue using this especially in the summer months when the sun can destroy your seats." —Tricia

    Get it on Amazon for $19.99.

    3. A special hair-removing silicone brush to loosen the pet fur that's lodged in your car's carpets. Summertime is the best time to bring your dog with you on any outdoor excursions, but it's also the worst time because Fido is shedding his spring coat, which means your carpets and backseats are covered in fur.

    Reviewer photo of their car's carpets and you can clearly see the pile of fur that the detailer has removed from the carpet
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    Promising review: "Bought this with the intention that it would be another fail item. I have a lab who sheds a lot in the summer and this detailer is a must have, especially for cars!!!" —Bree Pitkin

    Get it from Amazon for $12.

    4. A handheld cordless vacuum that'll suck up the pet hair, sand, dirt, and mud that's embedded in your car's carpets. In the summer you're constantly in and our of your car so you need a vacuum that can keep up with your messes.

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    Promising review: "This product's designers have done an excellent job by creating a powerful and easy to use vacuum. This does an excellent job in cleaning the furniture, low carpet or car interiors. The power stays the same for entire usage. This is very lightweight and easy to use. It comes with multiple nozzles to clean the nook and corners of the car. For example, the brush can be used to scrape hard dirt from the carpet. The filter is made of stainless steel and easy to clean and dry. I must say overall I am very satisfied with this product." —Rajeev Sasidharan

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99 (available in three colors).

    5. A stick-on shade so you can protect your car's interior from sun damage and fading.

    The shade on a rear back seat side window
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I liked these so well, I bought a second package. My car sits in the sun and I bought these to keep the car cool(er) and to protect the inside from sun damage. I don't fold them but leave them flat. I did find folding them to be a challenge but it's easier for me anyway to leave them flat inside a box for ease of access." —Anna K

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $12.97.

    6. And a sunshade windshield cover because the sun's rays can crack and fade the dashboard. Plus, it'll keep the interior a tiny bit cooler so you don't burn your bum and thighs on a hot leather seat.

    The cover
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    One size fits most cars.

    Promising review: "Living in Florida, one does what one can to avoid the harsh summer heat. Add a black car to the mix and you really need some assistance. Having this sun shade in my wife's Explorer makes a huge difference and really helps with the longevity of the interior from sun fade damage while she is at work. It collapses very easily and fits in a very compact size right under the seat for quick and easy access. I've had no issues with it whatsoever. The price is excellent and I highly recommend this unit versus the accordion style fold up shades I've tried previously. Just flip down the visor and you're good to go." —Ricardo Costa

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in two sizes).

    7. A heat-resistant steering wheel cover for any unsuspecting driver who's gotten into a car on a hot summer's day and seared their hands on the steering wheel. It's also great if you have sweaty hands and need some extra grip.

    Reviewer photo of the steering wheel cover
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    Promising review: "Withstands 110+ degree weather when I park outside Vegas in the summer, and my steering wheel is fine to touch. I can’t ask for more than that!" —Ama Zon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    8. A pack of seat belt covers if you're tired of itchy, scratchy polyester seat belts chafing your collarbone. In the summer you're less likely to be wearing layers so this'll protect your skin from constant rubbing.

    The padded seatbelt cover
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    Promising review: "The pads came quickly, were easy to add to my seat shoulder straps, and they make driving so much more comfortable in hot summer months when you don't have many layers on your clavicle bone. I am very satisfied with them." —Susan

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $6.99.

    9. A set of car fans to ensure everyone — even the people in the third row — can cool down on a hot day. There's nothing worse than sitting in the backseat and constantly asking the driver to crank up the AC because there are no air vents in the back.

    The dual fans, which wrap around the back of the headrest.
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    Promising review: "This fan has saved us so far this summer. With a toddler in the backseat and a teenager, they don't feel the air as well. But with this amazing fan, they can now get air quicker and it can point to each one of them making it even better! I love this fan!" —WriteAnEnding

    Get them from Amazon for $29.99.

    10. A bug remover that'll eliminate the bug guts on your windshield, grille, and side mirrors *without* leaving behind a streaks or a greasy film.

    Reviewer before and after photo showing the cleaner removed all the bug carcasses from their side mirror so its shiny again
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    As a Floridian who has driven through love bug season, all I can say is that you need this ASAP.

    Promising review: "We had gone on a 30-hour round trip road trip from Fort Worth to Phoenix...in the summer heat! When I got back, the bugs were absolutely baked on! I tried the car wash, I tried microfiber cloths and WD-40, and I even started using a Mr. Clean sponge. But then I thought better of it and looked on Amazon and found this! With all the above mentioned things I had already put over an hour into trying to get the bugs off! I sprayed this on and 2 minutes later and with a microfiber sponge, all the bugs are gone!!!! Absolutely sold and sharing this on my Facebook page because in Texas the bugs bake on like nothing you've ever seen!!!" —Jenn Ray

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    11. And a "waterless" washing kit so you can clean your car in sections instead of soaking your entire vehicle and then trying to clean it before the summer sun evaporates all the water. Just spray and wipe dry!

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    Promising review: "I just got a new black car, and was amazed how dirty it looked soon after I went through a car wash. So I decided to find the laziest way to keep me sane from seeing all the dirt/dust! All I did was wipe the dirt off with one side of the cloth, then gently dry/polish with the other side. Some stubborn stains/dirt did take a while, but overall my car looked nice and shining within 15 minutes (keep in mind I have a compact hatch back) using only one-sixth of the bottle. There is some tar on my car, and this product can't get it off which is understandable. It's a really decent product and it makes 'car washing' much easier and faster... for a lazy person like me!" —YoYo_PDX

    Get the kit from Amazon for $37.95.

    12. A plastic restorer because the sun has faded your fenders and trim and this'll help return them to their former glory. It's safe to use on vinyl and rubber so you can put it to work around the house too.

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    Promising review: "Went into this very cautious. The support team answered my questions fast and went above and beyond to answer it. Small family-run company that has a great product that does what it is supposed to do. Just put this on yesterday, so we'll see how it does long term. But I thought my fenders were hopeless, now they look brand new. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!" —Rosetta

    Get it from Amazon for $16.97.

    13. A waterproof trash can for holding all the garbage you'll inevitably accumulate on one of your many summer road trips.

    The trash can in different places in the car
    Amazon

    Promising review: "There is nothing bad to say about this product. It fits perfectly and does exactly what it is intended to do. I no longer have garbage in my car. I wish I would have found this sooner." —Tsalagi Stacey

    Get it from Amazon for $9.87+ (available in four colors).

    14. And speaking of summer road trips, a pack of silicone baking cups to catch any future crumbs and spills so your gas station ICEEs don't leave any sticky residue in your cup holders.

    Reviewer photo of the baking cups in a cup holder
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    Promising review: "I bought these to line the XL cup holder in my new car. I did not yet use them for baking. They are sturdy, and I believe batter will hold up well inside. They are not flimsy or floppy. If you have an SUV or crossover, these are more of a muffin size, so your cup holders will hold them well. You may want the smaller, cupcake size for a car. Either way, it provides a nice, nonslip surface for your beverage and prevents a tip-over when you turn your wheel." —LLLL

    Get a pack of 12 from Amazon for $10.99.

    15. Or a pack of universal cup holders with raised lips to stabilize your any cold drink you're sipping this summer.

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    Promising review: "I wanted something to put in my cupholders of my Jeep so I could remove them and wipe them easier than cleaning the cupholder. These are nice. Fit perfectly and I can pull them back out easily with the tab." —Alida Baldazo

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $14.99.

    16. A collapsible trunk organizer that'll neatly store all your outdoorsy summer gear with room to spare for road trip necessities like snacks, a first aid kit, and jumper cables.

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    You can strap it around your car seat with S hooks if you need easy access or you can leave it in your trunk where it's out of sight.

    Promising review: "I love this thing. It is super well-made and fits A TON of stuff. I'm using it basically as an emergency kit. I was able to fit literally anything I need in the event of an emergency, including a change of clothes (with shoes), toiletries, a blanket, makeup, snacks, and I still have room to toss shopping bags in while I'm out so they don't roll around in my trunk." —Erica Edwards

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99+ (available in three colors).

    17. Or a trunk divider that attaches to your car with Velcro so you can maximize every inch of storage space for your summer essentials. It can fit in the weird nooks and crannies of your trunk that bulkier organizers are too big for.

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    Promising review: "I found this product after spending more than a year trying to find a trunk organizer that didn't take up all of the limited space in the trunk of my Civic. I have no garage so I have to store certain car care items in the trunk, but it was becoming impossible to find anything. I took the advice of some of the other reviewers and installed it logo side in. (The bonus is that the elastic bands can secure light but bulky items outside of the organizer. I've driven about 100 miles on NYC area highways, and it's held tight and kept everything organized. I've included before and after photos to show how dramatic the difference is." —Penny Wise

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99.

    18. A handy change holder because summer adventures mean you'll probably end up driving through some tollbooths. It fits in your cup holder so you don't hold up the line trying to find exact change.

    Reviewer photo of the change holder, which has slots for the four different coins
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    Promising review: "I cannot say how much to this day I absolutely love this product. As far as products I would never give up in my life, this is 100% one of them. It eliminates loose change in your car, helps you start to save your change a little better, helps with drive-thrus or places you could use exact change to save a buck (or $20), and has helped me in so many more situations. The springs still work great despite how much change has been through it, being carried and dropped, moving between houses and dorms and just general abuse like any object in your car. It's a great gift or something to help someone with a messy car." —NickDeMartin

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    19. A dip clip from Shark Tank for holding your sauces so you can dunk your fries and nuggies in the car (just please no dipping and driving!).

    The clip attached to an air vent holding a sauce container
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    Promising review: "I am guilty of eating nuggets in my car and the dipping sauce is often all over the place. Not anymore. This simple little cup keeps your sauce safe and keeps your car clean. Keep one in your car at all times." —Jessica Barrett

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $10.99+ (also available in packs of four and six).

    20. A pet-proof seat cover if you want to bring Fluffy on your hike or beach trip but don't want a backseat covered in sand, dirt, and fur.

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    Promising review: "I have a Swiss shepherd and he often gets very messy. I used to take him to the park and lake without a seat cover and my car was a big mess. My last cover broke pretty quickly so I replaced it with this one. I love the non-slip bottom. It is waterproof and protects my car seats from mud, water and fur. The seat belt openings are large enough. This is a great product, high quality, and reasonably priced." —electric

    Get it from Amazon for $33.96+ (available in two sizes and two styles).

    21. A backseat organizer to hold your cleaning supplies and travel necessities. It even has a built-in iPad holder so your little ones can watch Moana for the third time this road trip.

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    Promising review: "This has lots of pockets and fits a lot of items. We have teens though, and apparently it doesn't matter how easy it is to use, the teens drop their pencils and headphones on the floor of the car regardless. A bit of cajoling though and everything was cleaned up and in its place. This will give you lots of places to put things, but will not make your teens any cleaner." —Alissa Frederick

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97 (available in five colors).

    22. A kick mat that'll protect your leather or fabric seats from dirty shoes or feet. Having the grandkids for the day is a fun summer activity, but removing scuff marks their shoes left on your seats is not.

    The kick mat on the back of the driver's seat
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Very durable. I had an extra one so I used it to provide more padding on some furniture outside. Lasted the whole summer outside without any signs of wear." —TK

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $9.99.

    23. A pair of escape tracks so you can go off-roading this summer without worrying about getting stuck in the sand, mud, or snow in the winter.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "These traction pads are amazing! I travel off-road constantly and slick mud is everywhere. I have used these more than a dozen times in the last three to four months and every time I can attribute my escape to these. The bright orange makes them easy to see after digging them into the mud, and the knobs are durable enough to withstand a very large truck's beating. I would buy another set of these in a heartbeat! For the price, the quality, the durability, and the hundreds of uses, you CANNOT go wrong with these. If I could give them six stars I would have." —Arianna

    Get them from Amazon for $133.89+ (available in three colors).

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