Holiday Gift Ideas for New Drivers

Holiday GiftLooking for the perfect holiday gift for the new driver in your life? GDL Institute is happy to share some suggestions for fun and useful gifts that the recipient will enjoy, and that the giver would be happy to give.

  1. Gift Certificate for a car wash or package of car washes. Rain, snow, sleet, mud and dust all leave a vehicle looking less than shiny and clean. Any driver would enjoy a gift certificate for a car wash to keep their ride looking like new. A coupon booklet for free car washes makes a nice gift for the holiday season. Check with your favorite local car wash provider, many offer coupon booklets or package discounts for multiple washes this time of year.
  2. Visor or glove-compartment organizer. An organized vehicle is a safe vehicle. If you’re looking for an entirely practical gift for a new driver, look for a visor or glove-compartment organizer where they can store important items. An organizer allows drivers to keep the owner’s manual, insurance info and other important documents, spare change, and more out of the way… but within easy reach when necessary.
  3. Dash-mounted GPS navigation system. Distracted driving is a serious concern, and with a dash-mounted GPS, the new driver on your holiday shopping list will be able to focus on their surroundings while driving instead of looking down at a map or trying to watch for street signs as they are driving by. A GPS device will help new drivers with turn-by-turn directions, but won’t require them to take their hands off of the wheel, or their eyes off of the road.
  4. Emergency car kit. One of the most important things to remember about safe driving is that you should always be prepared for emergencies. It can happen to anyone; you could be involved in a fender bender, end up with a flat tire, run out of gas, breakdown due to engine trouble, or become stuck due to adverse weather conditions. For situations like this, an emergency kit can be an invaluable tool. Put together a box of useful tools that a new driver can keep stored in their vehicle in case of emergency. For ideas on what to include, check out our blog post, “Rules for the Road: Be Prepared With a Roadside Emergency Kit for Your Car.”
  5. Driving-related stocking stuffers. Fill up a stocking with some useful odds and ends for the new driver in your life. Ideas include sunglasses, key chains, air fresheners, stick-on blind spot mirrors, ice scrappers, or gas station gift certificates.

We’d like to wish you a happy holiday season from everyone here at GDL Institute! Remember, our Drug and Alcohol course and permit test are available online 24/7. An online course is the perfect option if you wish to complete the course over your winter break, or it even makes a great gift for a teen who is ready to begin driver training. Sign up today and get started!


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