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11 gadgets and gizmos every Atlanta commuter needs

Are you one of the many Atlanta commuters who sheds a tear or two on their way to work every day?

We're here to help put a smile on your face—or at least make your arduous commute a tad more bearable. And with Georgia’s new hands-free driving law going into effect July 1, we want to make sure you’re not only entertained and efficient, but safe.

» RELATED: Governor Deal signs Georgia distracted driving bill in emotional ceremony

Here are 11 gadgets and gizmos perfect for Atlanta commuters:

Audible Membership - or "Hamilton" on Audible

Audiobooks are the new paperbacks. Purchase or gift a month (or two, or six) of membership benefits to yourself or loved ones. Listen to your favorite books, enjoy full-cast performances (like "Hamilton") and more during your long commute. Memberships come out $14.95/month at "Hamilton" comes free with an Audible trial via Amazon.

Learn more about Audible memberships at

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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite E-Reader

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Whether you’re on MARTA, using rideshare or a company car, having an e-reader in your hands will keep you entertained for hours with your favorite book. $89.99 at Amazon

» RELATED: What’s legal and what’s not under Georgia’s distracted driving law

Nulaxy Bluetooth Car FM Transmitter Audio Adapter Receiver Wireless Hands-Free Car Kit

If your car doesn't have Bluetooth technology, but does have an auxiliary input jack, this gadget will make life much easier. The hands-free car kit allows you to charge your devices faster via a 5V port, answers calls safely with one click, gives you the chance to jam to music on your phone and more. $17.99 at Amazon.

» RELATED: Atlanta traffic among worst in the world, study finds

Backseat Car Organizer

Commutes can already feel overwhelming, and forgetting an essential item or having to deal with a messy, unorganized car can add to the stress. A backseat organizer like this one may be the perfect little gift for yourself. $17.23 at Amazon.

iOttie Easy One Touch Car Mount Holder

Make sure your commute doesn't become dangerous by buying a mounting system to keep your phone upright. The item not only comes highly-rated from tech experts over at Wire Cutter, but is compatible with multiple smartphones. $24.95 at Amazon.

NOCO Genius Boost Pro GB150 4,000 Amp 12V UltraSafe Lithium Jump Starter

Don't get stranded with a dead battery during your long commute. This top-rated portable jump-starter offers a whopping 4,000 amps, plus up to 80 jump starts on a single charge. $299.95 at Walmart.

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Atlanta United FC MLS Team Logo Chrome License Plate Frame

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Show your Atlanta United pride to fellow frustrated commuters with some fan paraphernalia for your car. $8.19 at Amazon.

Black + Decker Cordless Dust Buster Hand Vac

Clean house, clean mind, right? A clean car is no different. Help soothe your commute by buying  yourself a cordless vacuum like this one. $52.50 at Amazon.

YubiKey NEO

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Take cybersecurity to the next level with Yubico’s YubiKey NEO, a keychain accessory with two-factor authentication to prevent hackers from breaking into your accounts. $50.00 at Amazon.

Spotify Premium Subscription

Music or podcast lover? Spotify Premium, which features downloadable listen-anywhere music, no ads and unlimited skips, offers three months of the premium service for $0.99 and then $9.99/month afterwards. This special deal ends June 30, 2018. Sign up at

Aylio Comfort Foam Coccyx Cushion for Back Pain Relief

Sitting in the office all day, along with sitting in a car for hour-long commutes, may cause some discomfort or back pain. Gift yourself these comfort cushions specifically designed for back pain relief. This one also comes with a removable velour cover that is machine washable. $39.99 at Amazon.

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