As a result, I’ve learned a few major ways to improve the time I spend in my car. After all, sitting there being bummed out doesn’t help the situation, so I try to make the best of it! Here are a few of my favorite ways to make long commutes more enjoyable.
- Audible: I usually listen to a book any time my commute is longer than say, fifteen minutes. I have the Audible app on my phone, and I load it with a new book every few weeks. I love so many things about this set up. Audible is totally entertaining, relaxing, and it multitasks entertainment and transportation! I am more well-read now than I have ever been before.
- Snacks: I keep a few easy-to-eat, healthy snacks in my glove compartment at all times. There’s nothing worse than knowing you won’t be home for 45 minutes and being absolutely starving. I also always have a water bottle in my cup holder. That way, if I’m stuck in traffic, at least I’m not thirsty or hungry. It also minimizes last-minute fast food pickups.
- Bluetooth: I got a Bluetooth for Christmas and it completely changed my driving experience. I have this one, which essentially reroutes your phone’s audio through your car’s speakers– including your phone’s music or GPS directions. You can also use Siri to dial, and it will automatically connect when you get in your car. I love that it simplifies things for me, and more importantly, it has absolutely improved the safety of my driving habits.
- Google Maps: I love using Google Maps to help navigate while I’m driving, but I also use it frequently before I leave so that I can estimate how early I need to get on the road. Traffic is one thing, but running late in traffic is a whole other kind of stress.
- Stoplight Policy: I enforce my own personal “stoplight only” policy. I allow myself to place calls or change songs while I’m stopped at a red light, but only then.
Do you have any go-to ways to make driving more enjoyable?