You don’t just want your vehicle to be beautiful—you want it to be comfortable, too. Especially if you spend a lot of time in your car (whether you live in the country and have to drive to get into the city or have a long commute to work or school every day), you want your vehicle to be as comfortable as it can possible be. Plus, right now, before the weather starts to take a turn for the worst, is the best time to hit the open road and take a late-season road trip. Here are a few tips for making sure your ride is comfortable, no matter how long you have to be in the car:
Buy the Right Car
If your car does not start out comfortable, it is going to be very difficult to make it comfortable in the future. Buying the right car is the first step of making sure that you are comfortable during long drives. All Kia vehicles are designed to be extremely comfortable for both driver and passengers. There is no worse vehicle than one that is comfortable for the driver by very uncomfortable for the passengers. If the backseat is not as comfortable as the front seat, you might want to look for a different car.
When purchasing a car with comfort in mind, be sure to sit in the backseat along with the front seat. This is especially important for families of more than two people. If your children are often going to be sitting in the backseat of the vehicle, you want to make sure that it is going to be comfortable. As a person who, as a child, had to endure many summers road tripping in the back of my parent’s Ford SUV, I can attest that your passengers will be much happier if your backseat is comfortable.
What makes a backseat comfortable? On top of making sure that the seats are both soft and supportive, you will want to make sure that you have enough leg room, even if the person in the front moves their chair backwards. Many vehicles are designed to look like they have plenty of leg room, until you are actually sitting in the car and realize that in order for the person in the front to be comfortable, they have to move their seat back, which interferes with the comfort of the people in the back of the vehicle.
During your test drive, do not be afraid to ask the salesperson to pullover and test out all of the seats. You will also want to make sure that you can easily adjust the mirrors, seat, and steering wheel, so that you can see behind you and have the best position for your hands on the wheel. You might not notice it during your test drive, but if it is impossible to get your mirrors, seat, and wheel into the right positions for your height, you will always be uncomfortable while driving.
Another consideration should be the features the car offers. For example, a backup camera could make backing out of parking spaces or your driveway much easier, without having to crane your head around to see if there is anything behind you. Blind spot detectors and lane divergence warnings are two more great features that help you drive without worry.
Maintain Your AC/Heating Systems
You might need to “flush” your air conditioning system every time the people at your oil change shop tell you to, but you should have your system regularly inspected and maintained. Air conditioning and heating systems seem to malfunction at the most inopportune times.
Especially because the weather is cooling off, now is the perfect time to make sure that your system is in proper working order, so that when you need to defrost your car or heat it up so that it is comfortable to be in, you do not have to worry about whether or not it will actually start. If not cleaned, dust, bacteria, and even fungus can start to build up and grow in your system, which could give it a nasty smell every time you turn it on, which is definitely not going to make you comfortable.
Get Your Maintenance
There is nothing worse than driving and realizing that something is wrong with your car. If it is time for an oil change, get an oil change. If you need to have your tires rotated, have your tires rotated. You do not want to be in a position where you cannot get to your destination because you have not been taking proper care of your car. Regularly check your coolant and windshield washing fluid levels, at the very least. Winter may be on its way, but that doesn’t mean that you don’t need coolant to keep your engine from overheating. Check for leaks in your system by looking at the ground underneath where your car is parked.
Adapt to Changing Weather
There’s no need to speed during periods of bad weather. The fall often comes with unpredictable weather, which can making driving a hassle. You can make driving more comfortable by just slowing down during periods of bad weather. Most people do not think of rain as particularly dangerous, but it can be if you are going too fast. The same goes for fallen leaves on the road. Many don’t realize that these leaves can be very slick and slippery, especially if you are speeding.
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