Commutes to work are longer than ever, according to the most recent U.S. Census, with the average commute time up 20% since the Census began tracking this data in 1980. The more time we spend in our cars, the more important it becomes to make sure our vehicles are comfortable and safe places to be.
Here are 5 tips to improve your travels to and from work:
1) Change your cabin air filter - The cabin air filter is responsible for cleaning the air entering the vehicle. A well performing cabin air filter will help keep dirt, pollen, dust and exhaust fumes from entering your vehicle. Changing the cabin air filter at recommended intervals will allow you and your passengers to breathe clean air free from allergens and pollutants while commuting to and from work.
2) Listen to Podcasts - Distract yourself from thinking about the traffic you are in by listening to a Podcast or audiobook. Your commute time will fly by and you’ll learn stuff!
3) Maintain vehicle safety systems - Your vehicle's wipers, mirrors, lights and brakes are key safety features that require routine maintenance. To ensure that you can see and be seen while on the road, make sure all lights illuminate, mirrors are clean, and both are properly aligned. Be sure to replace wiper blades that are cracked or streaking in order to maintain a clear windshield. Since driving in stop-and-go traffic is hard on your vehicle's braking system, have your brakes inspected regularly as brakes are your car's most important safety feature.
4) Discover new music - Bored of your same old Spotify playlists? Tired of your music and not sure where to turn for your new favorite tunes? Use your commute to try new artists. If you have wi-fi access while commuting, try a streaming station. If not, make a list of bands you hear about on the radio or at work and look for them on Spotify and download a playlist to your phone. If you like it, keep it! If not, delete.
5) A clean car makes a happy driver - The more time spent in your car, the more likely dirt and clutter will collect. Maintaining a clean vehicle not only makes for a more comfortable drive, but it also contributes to a vehicle's safety and longevity. Remember to keep the floors free of debris that may obstruct the foot pedals, and wash your car regularly to protect the paint, minimize rust and corrosion, and keep your windows clean for improved visibility.
We hope these tips bring some comfort to your commute!