posted 6 years ago

Top 5 tips to make you more efficient in the car

Top 5 tips to help you arrive at your appointment refreshed and on time.

Top 5 tips to help you arrive at your appointment refreshed and on time.

1. Adjust the car to fit you. Driving is tiring, so why make it harder by having a setup that doesn’t work for you. Pump up your lumbar support. Adjust the seat after your partner has been driving. Change the side and rear-view mirror viewing angles to fit you, not the last driver. Your seat should be far enough forward to allow you to fully depress the pedals whilst leaving your knee slight bent. This should leave you arms also bent when holding the steering wheel whilst your back is pushed against the seat. Keep your feet on the floor, not dangling on the pedals. Just doing these basic things will help you arrive to your business meeting in a more relaxed fashion.

2. Don’t put the air-conditioning on too high. It’s tempting to put your heating on full blast during the cold winter months. But you aren’t doing yourself any favours. Too hot and you’ll get drowsy and potentially dehydrated, especially on long journeys. Open your window slightly and let some fresh air in or set your air conditioning to around 21-23 degrees Centigrade and you’ll be alert and ready to make that sales call.

3. Talking of sales calls, it is important that you have an appropriate telephone kit for your car, or a Bluetooth adaptor. Most new cars have Bluetooth built in, and if you can get one that integrates with your telephone address book and has a decent size visual display, all the better. It is against the law to drive and use a hand-held phone. On a more qualitative note, not all Bluetooths are equal. Try and connect your phone in a decent signal area and dial it from another handset and listen to the sound quality. Nobody likes a muffled and crackly call. Factory fitted units are usually best as they are generally tailored for the noisy environment of a car. If you can’t get a decent connection on Bluetooth, try a kit that includes a cradle for your car. These can usually be fitted at your dealer, and should improve sound quality markedly.

4. Check out the navigation system. Can you enter the postcode of the location you need to find or is it just road name entry. Postcode is better, some roads can be many miles long and you can end up some distance away from your intended location. Is the SatNav dynamic, does it change your route according to road conditions? The latest versions have constantly updated traffic reports that can save you time spend in traffic jams, so be sure to check this out. However, you may have to pay to update maps, expect costs between £80 and £140 per year for the very latest updates. If it isn’t dynamic you can get a portable navigation system from the likes of Garmin and TomTom which will do the job for around £200 and some deals include free updates for life.

5. Wait for a driver-less car. Google have done thousands of testing miles in their self-driving car without an accident. Whilst we don’t expect initial versions to be on the road for a couple of years yet, just think how much more productive you would be once you got over the initial fear.