A study by Harvard Health Watch estimated that most Americans spend more than 1 ½ hours a day commuting in their cars. Add in the school run, errands, and driving for leisure, and that’s a lot of time behind the wheel. Why not give yourself more comfort for your health, leisure, and safety?
These upgrades will make your car a more pleasant place to be. Of course, alongside these simple changes, you can also make some more substantial upgrades to improve your car, such as changing out the seats completely or upgrading your sound system. For example, if you’re looking for a speaker for a Jeep soundbar, you can find some at Shaun Bloodworth.
Make Sure Your Air Filters Are Clean
Your car’s air filters will keep debris like dust, pollen, smog, and other contaminants from getting into your car. If your cabin air filter is beginning to go bad, you will start to notice unpleasant odors coming from your car’s vents, excess noise coming from the fan, and reduced airflow. Before you decide to replace your air filter completely, simply try cleaning it. You will want to try this a few times before you replace it entirely. You can just use a damp cloth to clean it.
Diffuse Essential Oil Fragrance Into The Air
Essential oils not only make for a sweeter, cleaner-smelling interior but diffusing them can help to improve your physical alertness and promote mental clarity. The easiest way to diffuse essential oils in your car for comfort is to place a tissue with a couple of drops of essential oil on your dashboard. You could also clip a piece of cork containing drops of oil to your air vent. If you prefer not to DIY, buy a diffuser that plugs into your lighter outlet.
Add Lumbar Support
Not all cars have the best lumbar support, resulting in restlessness while you drive, and a sore back when you get out. For a quick fix, you can add a lumbar support cushion to your seat. An option like a memory foam back pillow will relieve and alleviate both acute and chronic pain from back aches, muscle aches, arthritis, stenosis, herniated disks, and general sore backs.
Seat Belt Covers
You know that wearing a seat belt is essential for your safety, and not wearing one is illegal in most states, but that doesn’t mean that wearing your seatbelt is always comfortable. If you find that your seatbelt is chafing against your collarbone, or creating another kind of discomfort, whether from the fabric or the pressure, you can slip a soft cover over the belt.
Whether you have an old car that has worn-out seats that are no longer giving you decent support, or you just need some more support for making those long journeys, you should consider finding a lightweight cushion to add more comfort to your seat. You can even find seat cushions that include a small pocket that will let you easily and quickly access things, such as your wallet or your cell phone. Of course, you shouldn’t reach for your pockets while you’re driving.
Windshield Sun Shade
Whether it’s summer or you live somewhere that is sunny all year round, getting into a really hot car is pretty unpleasant. Keep the sun from heating things up by investing in a windshield sunshade.
Memory Foam Steering Wheel Cover
For even more comfort, buy a cushioned steering wheel cover. By giving you a more comfortable grip, you can save yourself from pain in your hands and arms.
Adjust Your Seat
One of the most important parts of being able to drive safely is making sure that your seat position is both comfortable and correct. Make sure that you have your legs in the right position by checking that your legs don’t feel too cramped up, your knees are slightly bent, your feet are comfortable on the pedals without you having to reach, and your thighs are relaxed. You might also want to tilt your seat so that your whole thigh is supported evenly and the backs of your knees aren’t rubbing on the seat. Make sure that your seat is at a 100 to 110-degree angle between your back and hips, without your shoulder behind your hips and not in line with or above them. Adjust the height of your seat so that your chin is aligned with the top of your steering wheel and your hips are as high as your knees.