I drive 70 miles three days per week, which comes to about 140 miles round trip, or 520 miles per week.
On a good day, that’s about two hours per day in my car.
On a bad day? Let’s not talk about it.
For those in the area, you know that this means the bi-polar drivers of I-95 are out there and ready to make me regret it.
I can’t move up there yet for a number of reasons, so for now I just need to make it work for me!Fortunately, I have discovered a number of things that make the drive tolerable, if not comfortable:
Drive like an old lady to avoid back problems
I have a back pillow, a butt pillow, and a selection of drinks and snacks at all times.
Even if your car has great lumbar support, add a small pillow and see if it makes a difference.
And here’s a special tip from me to you: find a piece of rubber or something more firm for under the tush.
I realized it’s not necessarily the sitting that hurts, it’s the vibrations from the potholes and general car driving.
I use a folded-up gym floor tile and I have experienced an (unscientifically recorded) 50% drop in back ache by the end of the week.
Keep snacks on hand
For a while there, I was a regular at Starbucks and Chik Fil A.
But, while delicious, it wasn’t financially maintainable. Keeping water and snacks (and the occasional soda) on hand helps me choose to bypass the promising highway exits on my way home.
Clean your car like royalty
When I get really down on my commute and my attitude hits rock bottom, nothing, nothing perks me up like a carwash and an interior detail (especially if it’s JHubbs doing the work!).
Please just trust me on this – next Sunday, take your car to a carwash and give it a polish, then take everthing out and vaccuum the crap out of it.
It wont hurt if you pick up some mints, either!
This is my tried and true way to perk up a week of what feels like non-stop driving.
Let your ears guide you
I tried to set up a routine by listening to a given book or podcast every day.
Then one day, for no reason at all, I switched on some music and the hour-drive flew by. Before I knew it, I was pulling up to work!
It’s all about Bluetooth, baby!
Here’s a fun fact: I. Hate. Talking. On phones.
I spent quite a few years of my dating life in long-distance relationships and it was awful! Not only because of the emotional ups and downs, and (looking back) the wasted time, but also because they made me hate talking on the phone!
Luckily, JHubbs picked me up a Bluetooth headset for Easter, so now I can cruise away catching up with friends, calling in errands, or just plain feeling cool with the thing in my ear. (Okay, okay, I know I don’t look cool).