Organized Cars = Safer Travels
How much time do you spend in your car? Is it just a work vehicle? Do you transport your children in it? Do you travel alot in your car for business or just run around town doing errands? It doesn’t matter whether you spend several minutes in your car every day or several hours. Chances are, you have plenty of “car things” stashed away in it somewhere.
Keeping all your belongings organized and secure in a car is extremely important to your safety (as well as your sanity).
Stop fumbling around for things you need while you drive! Once everything is organized, you quickly learn where everything is and can reach it without even looking (so you can keep your eye on the road ahead).
With a clothes bar, dry cleaning can arrive home just a fresh and wrinkle-free as it was when you left the cleaners. Easily removable when not in use.
Your personal items can be kept within easy reach in a driver’s pocket. You won’t have to fumble around in a center console or reach as far as the glove box to retrieve something.
Keep a trash bag in your car for all the litter that inevitably appears. One with a velcro closure provides easy, one handed access and secures contents inside. Find one that secures to your car seat for added safety. It can face forward for driver use or toward the rear for back-seat passenger use. Be sure to empty the trash bag periodically. Creating a regular time to do this is recommended (ie. Friday and Sunday nights).
Children can help themselves to games, toys, music and videos when everything is kept in a hanging car entertainment organizer. These pocket loaded organizers strap to the back of the front seat for quick and easy back-seat access.
How many maps could you possibly need on a daily basis? Get rid of all those out-dated maps from your cross country road trip and replace it with a single slim map of your city or town (or just one of your state is you usually travel farther distances on a daily basis).
Keep a “roadside emergency kit” in the trunk of the car. You can make one easily by filling a storage bin with: a first aid kit, jumper cables, a flashlight, batteries (for the flashlight), a poncho, bungee cord, duct tape, towels (one white), multi-purpose tool (with screwdrivers, pliers and scissors), extra fuses and extra fuses. A couple of blankets would be a good idea, too.
Keep items from sliding around in your trunk or cargo area with trunk organizers.
Loose items strewn around your vehicle can be more dangerous to your safety than you may realize. In a car accident, those loose items can become powerful flying objects – even if a collision occurs at a lower speed. Keep your cargo secured – even items kept in the trunk should be retrained in some way to reduce the chances of it hitting the rear of the back seat.
Make full use of all the storage compartments your car provides. Use them for the garage remote, your sunglasses, cd’s and spare change. Stash some tissues and a map in the glove box with your insurance and registration information and move your car manual to the under-seat drawer.
If you don’t regularly need it in the car, move it elsewhere.
Many stereo speakers are installed with only the wires holding them in. Screw down any speakers you add to your car’s stereo system.
Even pets should be restrained. “Pet Seat Belts” are becoming widely available at pet stores. It is for the safety of the pet and others in the vehicle.
For SUV’s and wagons, consider installing a cargo barrier. It provides a barrier between you and unsecured cargo in the rear of the car. There are models available for many different car makes. You may decide to go with a safety net, instead. This option can be removed when not needed.