Picture this: it’s 7p.m. and you excitedly get in your car after a long day at work. As you pull up on the highway, you’re greeted with a sea of red lights. You let out a sigh of frustration, as if the bumper to bumper situation is something you don’t experience daily. Fighting the fatigue from the morning is tough but you have to resist the urge to sleep and power through because you’re still miles from home.
The good news is you can make the most out of the undesirable traffic before you by turning your car into an entertainment hub so you can kill time on the road in style. These car accessories and gadgets won’t just prove helpful during traffic jams, they’ll make long road trips more fun, too.
Bring the fun with you
No need to break your bank for lavish car infotainment systems, a smartphone is all you need. That little brick serves a multitude of functions from navigation, entertainment, communication, and more. Thus having USB charging ports is a must to keep your phone powered no matter how long you’re stuck in traffic. Make sure to get one with two USB ports so you and your passenger can charge simultaneously wherever you go.
And to give you hands-free access to your phone on the road, invest in a magnetic phone mount. Get a clear view of your screen while you’re navigating and see whoever’s calling you without needing to pick up your phone. Your passenger, too, can benefit from a phone mount. They can simply place their device on one and enjoy watching videos or movies.
One of the best ways to kill time on the road is to listen to music or podcasts. If you’ve got an old-fashioned stereo system, keep an aux cord in your car in your glove compartment. If your smartphone doesn’t come with a 3.5mm audio port, invest in a good Bluetooth receiver to play your favorite tunes.
Add your own flair and style to your ride with LED lights for your interiors. Think of it as a DIY project to take your in-car experience to the next level. This setup is sure to impress passengers—watch them snap away photos to share on Instagram.
Another car accessory that will delight you and your riders is a 12V electric kettle/thermos. Yup, you can have your coffee or tea and keep them warm no matter how long you’re on the road. Say goodbye to lukewarm coffee in the morning after spending hours in traffic.
Traffic is inevitable wherever you go, but you can make the hours you spend in it bearable by turning it into a fun space. After all, a car can be more than just a hunk of metal that brings you from point A to point B, it can be somewhat of a home if you make it into one.