Petrolhead presents for Father’s Day

fathersDayGeraldine Herbert has rounded up a few of the best motoring-related gifts for you to spoil your dads, stepdads, granddads and husbands this year


giftguide_Tile-MateForgetful Dad
Tired of Dad always having to scour the house for his car keys? Tile Mate is a very clever and discrete tracker that can be attached to a key ring, luggage, wallets, purses, backpacks, clothing and shares the location of things via a Smartphone or tablet. You can ring your lost items with one of Tile Mate’s four pre-set ringtones, or use it in reverse to find your phone—even if it’s on silent. It’s available to buy online from Tile, Amazon, John Lewis, and Argos priced from £24.



Coffee loving Dad
You don’t want to talk to Dad before he’s had his coffee. Lucky for you the 12V thermos means you can now drink iftguide_12VThermosyour coffee or tea on the road. Simply pour your hot drink into the thermos and plug it into your car’s 12V socket. This will allow Dad to enjoy a cup of comfort during his drive to work. The 12V Thermos can be bought on priced at £11.50





Activity-Tracker-WatchAthletic Dad
Even if it’s been decades since he left his best on the court, the track or the field, there are still many useful gifts you can get the Dad who still likes to keep fit. The Activity Tracker Watch from Scruffs is tough, durable and water resistant. You can set daily exercise goals with the step counter, alarm, light and stopwatch. That should help Dad get off the sofa.  Available from priced from £26.20






Shield-WaxCar Proud Dad
Every superhero Dad needs the champion of car waxes! Armor All Shield Wax will ensure a car sparkles and prevents dirt and grime from sticking, helping it stay clean for longer. Applying just one layer of this easy-to-use wax adds a protective coating which helps to maintain protection, and give a dazzling shine, for up to 10 washes. Armor All Shield Wax, RRP £18.99. Available from Amazon.










micro-rocket-black-scooter-Park and Ride Dad
The adult scooter is the very latest fashionable form of getting from A to B… Simply park your car and off you go plus there is need to lock them up as the Micro Scooter can be packed up and brought into the office. Did you know that scooting for 45 minutes burns an average of 350 calories an hour?  And they work wonders in toning the leg muscles as well.
Micro Scooters are available from priced from £114.95










tomtomGoTravelling Dad
Ensure Dad never worries about getting lost again. Compatible with Siri, TomTom Go is able to interact with your phone to read out messages and update over Wi-Fi so you can be confident the maps are always up to date. Plus the TomTom traffic alerts mean you’ll never need to worry about being late again. There are cheaper units that do the trick, but TomTom Go is a really good overall package.  The TomTom GO 6200 is available from priced at £298.98



giftguide_SlippersUnique Dad

If this year a unique present is what you want to give your Dad then personalised slippers may have just the thing.  Now you can forever immortalise Dad’s favourite car, event or motoring hero. All you need to do is upload your own image and then you choose from 6 different trim colours to highlight your design, creating a soft, comfortable slipper. To design your own unique slippers check out slippers are priced at £38



giftguide_HelmetBike Mad Dad

Finally, a bike helmet Dad might actually want to wear.  Inspired by vintage scooter helmets, the Thousand helmet is not only stylish but there are also some really clever features including an hidden inner lock that makes it easy to secure the helmet to your bike. With vintage good looks and modern innovations you can now ensure Dad looks good while staying protected against the open road. PopLock Bicycle Helmet by Thousand in Speedway Crème RRP £105.00




AlcoSense-ExcelRoad Trip Dad

With many Dads embarking on the summer road trip abroad, some are unaware that foreign countries can have lower alcohol driving limits than the Irish limit, particularly in Scandinavia.  This increases the risk of unintentionally driving the ‘morning after’ a few glasses of wine or beer the night before.  So to ensure Dad stays within the limits but still enjoys his holidays AlcoSense Excel is a handy tool and where ever you travel to all you have to do is simply input the local country limit shown in the manual. The AlcoSense Excel for £99.99
Action Dad
GoPro’s action cameras are super for capturing high-octane activities and even come equipped with a watertight case. So for the Dad who loves to travel and go on new adventures, Hero Session GoPro’s smallest action camera would be an ideal gift.  Able to capture video at 1080 p60 and photos at 8MP the Session truly proves that the best things come in small packages. Available at for £149





RINRCT1Safety  Dad

It is not just safe and sensible to have the right kit when you are driving, in much of Europe it is also the law. The EU Travel kit contains Warning triangle, 2 x high visibility jackets, Universal bulb kit, Set of beam converters, GB sticker, First aid kit, Foil blanket and a Twin pack of NF approved breathalyzers all packed in a compact carry bag. Available from Autosessive priced  £30.57









Geraldine Herbert

11th June, 2017

Author: Geraldine Herbert

Motoring journalist Geraldine Herbert is the founder of wheelsforwomen. A jury member for the International Women’s World Car of the Year, she has been a motoring journalist for over ten years and is the motoring expert for Good Housekeeping Magazine and their “Women at the Wheel” section of You can follow Geraldine on Twitter at @GerHerbert1

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