4 Great Car Hacks for Families
Most families spend a lot of time in the car — so much time, in fact, that it can feel like your second home. But unlike a regular home, this one moves and its interior can get as hot as an oven. Commutes to and from school and work, vacation trips, drive time between sports practices and games, etc. can be so much easier and more pleasant when you know a few great hacks.
Corral Your Stuff
When you take some time to organize all those little things you carry around in your car, life is better. Not only will you find your items when you need them, your car will stay cleaner too. Pill bottles are perfect for keeping change for toll roads and vending machines. Empty eyeglass cases make great storage boxes for the dozen or so chargers and earbuds you’ve got scattered around the car. Shoe organizers and shower caddies hung on the back of the passenger seat are handy for toys, snacks, craft supplies and more. Use an empty water bottle to store crayons, markers, and colored pencils.
Keep Your Cool
In the summer, the interior of a parked car can be unbearably hot, and uncomfortable to climb into. If you can park your car in the shade, great. If not, a metallic sun shade that fits inside the front window can help. Leaving the windows open a crack can help ventilate the vehicle interior and keep it cooler. The solar-powered ventilation fan is an inexpensive product that can help keep your car interior cool while it’s parked. Priced between $8 and $30, these fans need no batteries and fit between your car window and frame to reduce temperatures from 10 to 20 degrees. For extra protection, a window vent visor will keep out the rain.
Stash Your Trash
The best way to keep your car clean is to prevent messes in the first place. Make it easy to maintain a clutter-free car by using a plastic cereal storage box as a trash can. Additional bags can be kept handy in an empty tissue box. Place silicone cupcake liners in cup holders to prevent sticky messes. The Catch Caddy or Drop Stop slides between seats to catch those pesky French fries, coins, receipts, your cell phone, and other stuff you tend to drop.
Pamper Your Pets
Four-legged family members who ride in the car can benefit from some preparation, too. The Flydog Spill-Proof Water Bowl fits easily on the back of your car’s passenger seat, so you can make sure your dog has fresh, clean water anywhere you go. Use a blanket or tablecloth to protect your seats from claws and muddy paws. And to keep your furry friend totally safe in the car, a dog car restraint not only prevents driver distraction, it can save your pet’s life.
Whether you’re driving around town or heading out for a long summertime road trip with the whole family, a few simple car hacks can mean the difference between “Are we there yet?” and “Are we there already?”