The Travel Rosary has been designed to counter what appears to be a common problem experienced by Catholic drivers: there they are, trying to pray the Rosary in their hands whilst at the same time trying to steer their cars. This clearly presents the strong possibility that they'll get a lot closer to God in a lot less time than they might have planned, or at best they'll have to start over later if driving safely seems suddenly appropriate.
Enter the Travel Rosary, which is a steering wheel cover with the Rosary beads and crucifix cleverly embedded in the surface, so that the driver may pray the Rosary whilst driving and still - as the site puts it - remain a safe driver. To accompany this claim, there is a photo of a safe driver using the Travel Rosary, driving along with just his thumb on the wheel so that the only the appropriate bead may be counted.
The Travel Rosary is supplied with a CD featuring a narrative of all the Rosary prayers, accompanied by piano music, a great partner, the site explains, if you are traveling alone. And now, you also get a TROKK, which is a holder for your cold drink. This has a further decade of Rosary beads around the top, and it:
"Keeps your hand dry, your drink cold, and reminds you to pray the Rosary while enjoying a soda, beer, or bottle of water."
Presumably this is not for using in the car, or one hopes not, anyway. Having both thumbs in use at once wouldn't really be that good an idea.
So there it is. The combinations of parts for the Travel Rosary are pretty impressive, I have to say. Aside from different materials for the cover itself, you may choose from a plethora of saints, crucifix styles and even colors of beads. And at $45 for a custom-made product, it's not at all unreasonably priced, even though there's nothing else to compare it with.
If it makes concerned Catholic drivers out there much safer on the road, it's a small price to pay; they can steer in a straight line and leave a higher authority to do the moving in mysterious ways. To be honest I wasn't even aware that this was a problem until finding the site and I don't think I've ever seen anyone trying to read a Rosary and steer, myself. So, well done to these folks for establishing what must surely be a niche market that holds a lot of potential, and for making the rest of us feel safer on the roads too.
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