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There’s just over one week left until Christmas, so we hope you’ve done most of your gift shopping to spare you that last-minute holiday rush.
But have you got a present for your favorite hybrid car driver? Last week, we told you about our Five Holiday Gift Ideas For Electric Car Drivers, and today it’s time to turn our attention to those who drive hybrid cars.
Keep Calm And Drive On T-Shirt - From $19
If you know someone who drive a Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid, and who happens to have a sense of humor, this fun T-Shirt is for them.
Combining an Internet meme -- which itself started off life as a second-world war home front propaganda poster in the U.K. -- with a reaction to the unfortunate NHTSA Chevrolet Volt crash-test fires, we have to admit we want one ourselves.
The Keep Calm And Drive On T-Shirt is the perfect way for any Volt driver to show the world that they’re not worried about combustible battery packs... and to remind them how they should drive to ensure that they’re not the first public Volt fire victim.
Scan Gauge II Automotive Computer - From $122
If the hybrid driver in your life is obsessed with how many miles per gallon they can eek out of their hybrid car, this gift is for them.
Plugging into the on-board diagnostic port found on every car made in the last fifteen years or so, the ScanGauge II works as a 3-in-1 automotive computer, offering a multifunction trip computer, diagnostic scan tool and 37 different digital gauges.
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In fact, it can display a car’s instantaneous, average, maximum and trip fuel economy to three significant figures. That makes it more accurate than many built-in trip computers.
And because it’s more accurate -- as well as offering a cost-per-mile instantaneous calculation feature -- the ScanGague II can help hybrid drivers get even better gas mileage.
If that wasn’t enough, it can also read diagnostic information on any car, keeping its owner one-step ahead of any unscrupulous mechanics or dealers when it comes to repairs.
Engine Block Heater - From $59
We all know that short trips -- especially in the winter -- put extra strain on a car’s engine, increasing engine wear and reducing gas mileage.
Normally used in colder climates to help keep the engine block and oil inside the engine warm, engine block heaters prevent engines from freezing solid in extreme cold and facilitate cold-starting, but they also help reduce engine warm-up times, reducing engine wear, emissions and improving fuel efficiency.
We’ve listed a Toyota Prius engine block heater, but you should be able to find block heaters for every Hybrid produced over the past ten years.