According to the US Census Bureau, the average commute in the United States is 25.4 minutes each way. That’s just over 4 hours weekly, meaning the average American spends a total of over 9 days commuting every year.
That’s a long time to spend in a car, and it definitely justifies some upgrades to make the drive more enjoyable. For the sake of those lost 9 days a year, check out these 9 ways to make your commutes suck a little less.
1. Lumbar Support Cushion
Imagine a long, slow commute on a packed highway. Your soundtrack is the sound of honking horns and screaming drivers. On top of that, you don’t have the support your lower back needs, and you walk into work sore, grumpy, and full of rage.
Now imagine that long commute with a lumbar support cushion. With proper posture keeping you from having back pain before you even get to work, all you’ll need is a cup of coffee to start the day.
No, we’re not joking. Sometimes it rains when it’s not supposed to, and sometimes you forget to check the weather. You’ll thank yourself when a downpour develops on your way to work, and you can walk into the office dry as a desert.
3. Car Charger
Maybe your phone didn’t charge the night before, or maybe it was a boring day and you spent most of it on Instagram. In any case, you’ll need a charge on the way home.
Is there anything worse than leaving work after a long, hard shift only to get into a car that’s a bazillion degrees? Make a small investment in a sunshade to keep temperatures 10-15 degrees cooler.
5. Bluetooth Connectivity
Just because your car is older doesn’t mean you can’t reap the benefits of sweet, sweet Bluetooth. There are kits that integrate easily into older cars without forcing you to buy a new stereo. With Bluetooth, all your music, podcasts, and phone calls can go right through your existing speakers.
6. Air Fresheners
Did you know smells affect behavior, work performance, and mood? While we can’t recommend you light your favorite candle in your car—you know, because of the dangers of bursting into flames—an air freshener will certainly lighten the mood.
7. Satellite Radio
Do you ever lose your favorite radio station just as you turn a corner? With satellite radio, you won’t have that problem. Leave behind the crackling of AM stations for a crisp, clear sound and hundreds of channel options.
8. A Burrito
Don’t laugh—we’re serious. Burritos are the ultimate commuter food because you don’t need a plate or a fork to eat them. In the mornings, you can stuff your tortilla with bacon, eggs, and potatoes for a nutritious breakfast. On the way home, you can swap the potatoes and eggs for chicken and rice for an on-the-go-snack. In short, burritos are delicious and miraculous mood-lifters guaranteed to improve your commute tenfold.
Whether driving your coworkers or hitching a ride with one, company is a fine way to make your commute suck less. Not only can you start the day with some pleasant social interaction, but you can save some gas money, too!
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