4 Tricks to Make Long Car Rides More Comfortable

January 11th, 2018 by


When selecting the vehicle that’s right for you, you’re probably already paying careful attention to the interior of the cabin. While your comfort depends on which upgrades you’ve chosen and the size of the cabin, there are a few tweaks you can make to just about any car if you want just to make yourself a little bit more comfortable. We take a look at the four most useful of these possibilities here.


We’ve come a long way from the days when the only way to spruce up your car was to hang a pine tree air freshener from the rearview mirror. While these types of air fresheners are still available, they now come in a wide variety of different fragrances.

There are also a few new types of air fresheners on the market, including vent sticks, which clip onto your air vents in order to disperse their scent, as well as small fragrance dispensers that plug into your car’s power outlets. For maximum comfort, consider choosing a scent such as lavender, which studies show is effective against anxiety and depression.

Food and Drink

Having snacks available throughout your ride will give you energy to last the entire day. However, there’s nothing worse than spilling your morning coffee all over your pants and car seat on the morning commute. Therefore, It’s a good idea to invest in a leak-proof mug that won’t make a mess if you happen to drop it.

You should also consider placing a few non-perishable food items (like granola bars) in your glove compartment. You’ll be glad you did this if you ever get stuck in a major traffic jam, if your vehicle breaks down, or if you get stuck in a snow bank during winter.

Warmth and Comfort

While some new vehicles come standard with heated steering wheels, you can always add this feature to your current car by purchasing a heated steering wheel cover. Similarly, it’s a good idea to keep an electric blanket in the car during the winter. The blanket can plug in to your car’s power outlet and keep you warm if your car’s heating system breaks. Travel pillows are also a nice bonus for your passengers—they’ll help prevent stiff necks on long road trips.

Regular Maintenance

While you can make the cabin of your car more comfortable and pack a number of items to prepare for an emergency situation, there’s no substitute for regular maintenance. The best way to ensure a comfortable ride is to perform regular maintenance on your vehicle to keep all of its features and amenities in working order. After all, even the most luxurious cabin won’t be much comfort if you’re stuck on the side of the highway.

Choosing the right car is important, but it’s also important to make sure that the car you have is as comfortable as possible. With these simple tips, you’ll be on the right track to making the most of your commute.

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