Do y’all dread or look forward to your daily drives? We don’t always get a say in where we go or how long we spend in the car each day. Depending on where you work, what errands you have to run, or how often you chase after your kids, you might spend a lot of your time behind the wheel. While a tedious commute is sometimes unavoidable, there are ways to make your time on the road more comfortable. Check out these ways to improve your daily commute and get a little more enjoyment out of your day.
I’m not talking about your speed—although you should always obey the speed limits when you drive. Instead, look for ways to slow down your routine. If you wake up at the last minute, you have to rush through getting ready for the day. Grumpy, tired, and behind schedule, you’ll feel more stressed before you even begin driving. This stress leads to impatience, road rage, and other forms of emotional driving that put you and others at risk. Make your commute calmer by giving yourself more time to get ready, enjoy your breakfast, and wake up naturally. It will also give you more driving time, which means you won’t be as easily frustrated by traffic and other delays.
Make Your Car a Haven
At the end of a long day, I just want to get home and start relaxing. With this goal in mind, it’s hard to have patience and drive calmly on the road. The trick is to make your car a space where you can unwind. It’s one of the most personal and peaceful ways to improve your daily commute. When you enjoy the time that you spend driving, you can start decompressing after a long day the moment you slide into the driver’s seat. Make your car more comfortable by adding some personal touches. A soft seat or steering wheel cover, hanging accessories for your mirror, and access to your favorite music or podcasts make your car a fun place to be. Roll down the windows, treat yourself to your favorite drive-thru drink, and turn your commute into something you enjoy rather than dread.