Got a long drive ahead of you? Or maybe just tired during your regular commute to and from work or errands. While some of us don’t mind the drive, for many, it is a tiring compulsion. However, it doesn’t have to be an exacting ordeal. You can make the drive much easier for yourself by getting comfortable behind the wheel. It can make a world of difference.
So what can we do to achieve this magical comfort? To help you out with that, we have gathered some brilliant expert tips that can bring a significant level of comfort to your drive.
Vehicle Maintenance Can Make a Difference
“Maintaining your vehicle before your hit the road is critical to having a comfortable drive. If you are not doing the basic maintenance yourself, have a mechanic do the work for you. Look for roads without construction to avoid an uncomfortable ride. Planning out your road trip or Sunday drive is a wonderful past-time. Use apps to save money like GasBuddy and Car Advise.”
Lauren Fix, Sector Analyst: Automotive, Energy, Trends, The Car Coach, Automotive Aspects Inc.
Adjust your Seat
“One tip for a comfortable drive is to adjust your seat, arms and headrest before you get on the road. When you move the seat so your feet can rest comfortably on the pedals, and so your arms are able to rest on the side of the car and your body can be in a comfortable resting position, you are able to drive for longer without fatigue, and you are able to have a faster reaction time when needed as well as a more comfortable drive.”
Luke Bratlie, General Manager Holmes Volvo Cars
Wear Comfortable Footwear
“I’ve been driving for over ten years now and one of my favorite tips for a comfortable drive is to wear comfortable shoes while driving. I always have a pair of clean flat shoes in my car because I mostly wear heels when I go out.”
Adanna Jideofor, PR Manager Oliver Wicks
Drive when Rested and Adjust your Seat and Surroundings
“First, prepare your driving seat where you can comfortably sit back while having a clear view of the road and having an easy grasp of the driving instruments. Adjust the side mirrors as well as your headrest that it sits in the middle of your head. Second, clean your car. Who wants to drive a stinking vehicle, especially on long drives? You can also place energizing scents if you wish to. Third, entertain yourself to prevent drowsiness. You can talk with your companions, listen to music and audiobooks but do not overdo it because it may distract you and take your mind away from safe driving. And lastly, get enough rest before you drive. It would be best if you had the energy before you embark on your destination.”
Liam Johnson, CEO, TheHitchStore.com
A Few Adjustments, Eliminating Distractions, and Organization Can Help
“Keep your trunk or boot light on in the backseat to help drivers see. Make sure you check your blind spots periodically and take care not to switch lanes too quickly, as it can cause other drivers anxiety with how close driving habits might seem from an outside perspective. Check your tire pressure, as too much can cause a lot of discomforts. If possible, switch seats and drive for at least an hour before deciding if new seats are needed. Keep your trunk organized so it doesn't make noise that will disrupt you or distract you from driving. Some cars are designed to be comfier than others because people in cars now have longer commutes than they used to and need more comfortable rides. A small cushion on the back of their seat can help a lot- not just with comfort but also spinal alignment! Other drivers find that switching seats helps because sometimes what feels bad isn't actually the driver's own problem- it's just something about how his or her body is situated. Turn off mobile devices when at the wheel so that you don't get distracted by incoming notifications. Try not to eat traditional finger foods beside the steering wheel! Put food and drink in one seat, then drive while reaching over with one hand every once in a while.”
Sarah Walker, Founder of dogfooddesire.com
A well-maintained car, clean windshield and mirrors, and a perfectly adjusted seat can make all the difference in your driving experience. You also can’t forget yourself- you need a good rest before setting out and of course, you’ll need to make sure you have eaten so your energy is good. Following these tips, you can add that extra touch of comfort to your drive to make it a much more pleasant experience. Take a few minutes to get adjusted and organized- it will be worth it!