Monday, 8 August 2016

Steer away from boredom and put the fun back into driving

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If all you use your car for is the same trip to work day by day, driving can get old fast. You’ll soon find yourself drifting off on your daily commute as it becomes monotonous. But it doesn’t have to be- there’s a lot of simple changes you can make to get more out of driving.

There are plenty of ways to make driving more exciting. A lot take minimal effort and some don’t even cost a penny! Whether you want to make small adjustments or try something new altogether, you can make spending more time in your car a pleasure. Here are ten top tips for putting the fun back into driving.

1. Get A Good Sound System

One of the best ways to drive is with some great tracks playing. Installing a good sound system into your car may even make you want to stay there just to listen to your favourite tunes!

The days of plugging in a plastic cassette player and keeping tapes in your glovebox are long gone. Nowadays you can have sound systems that blast music directly from your smartphone or tablet. Using a streaming app like Spotify to listen to a new playlist each day can make driving even more fun.

2. Drive A Luxury Vehicle

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You might think driving a car from a top-tier brand such as BMW or Mercedes-Benz is too expensive. However, the price reflects the quality as luxury vehicles offer some of the greatest driving experiences!

You don’t have to be wealthy to drive one either. Many offer affordable monthly payments, and investing in a used one can save you a fair bit of money. Even if you’re not ready to buy, many dealerships offer free test drives. You can spend your weekend strapping up your seat belt and hitting 0 to 62 in 4.7 seconds in a Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon.

Whether you want to buy a Mercedes-Benz or simply take one for a spin, you can find a local dealership here https://www.mercedes-benz.inchcape.co.uk.

3. Listen To Audiobooks

If you’re sick of the radio and not in the mood for music, audiobooks are the way to go. Audible offers all kinds of audiobooks you can listen to on your portable device. Check out their website here http://www.audible.com. Even Spotify has audiobooks in its library, so lay back, drive and have your smartphone do the reading for you.

4. Travel Down Some Scenic Routes
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If you’re getting bored of the same old drive, then here’s a tip- take a new one! Ultimate Drives rates some of the best roads all over the world. You can check out some of their favourites here http://www.ultimatedrives.net/top-10-roads/. You can pretend to be James Bond as you drive down the Furka Pass in the Swiss Alps. Or maybe take a ride on the Transfagarasan in Romania, which Jeremy Clarkson named “the world’s best road”.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves, you may not have access to the world’s best roads. Still, even taking a drive through the country can remind you of how fun it can be to drive fast and take in some great views.

5. Try Out Some Driving Apps

There are now many great apps for your smartphone or tablet to use while driving. Waze gives you information on traffic, faster routes and even gas prices in your area. The iOnRoad app uses augmented reality to map out the road ahead and let you know if you run into danger.

Check out the Google Play market and iTunes app store for more fun driving apps. Just don’t turn one of those guys who play Pok√©mon GO while driving.

6. Pimp Your Ride
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Some people find great joy out of adding golden rims, spoilers and wacky paintwork to make their car look like a Hot Wheels toy.

But even if you don’t go to those lengths, there are plenty of fun ways to customize your car. Even adding a few bumper stickers or a mirror ornament can add a bit of personality, so go ahead and pimp your ride!

7. Add Some Cool Driving Gadgets

Using some cool car gadgets can make your daily commute less stressful and more fun. Ranging from gizmos to help you find where you parked your car to fancy GPS systems, these can add something new to your drive. You can even get a portable espresso maker to keep you perked up on the road!

8. Take A Passenger
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One of the simplest ways to make your drive more fun is to bring someone along for the ride. Now you can have a casual chat while you drive!

But if you’re a billy no-mates or you just want to get paid to have someone natter on at you while you drive, you can even become an Uber driver. Now you can make money while you drive, which can certainly put the fun back into driving!

There are also websites like LiftShare where you can offer a free ride, or take a ride with others. This can be a fun way to meet travel partners so check out their website at https://liftshare.com/uk.

9. Take A Nice, Long Drive

Even just driving for a purpose other than getting from A to B can make driving more fun. You could just take a casual drive around the city and visit your old hang out spots. Or drive somewhere new, just for the hell of it.

Sometimes the most relaxing way to drive is to drive without purpose. So turn your music up, put your seatbelt on and drive off into the sunset. Just because.

10. Switch To A Motorcycle
f after all these tips, driving just isn’t doing it for you, maybe you need something a little more thrilling. There’s a lot of reasons some people prefer motorbikes to cars. They’re fast, efficient and you can feel the breeze while you ride.

You might need to take lessons and get a new license to operate a motorcycle, but it can make for one hell of a ride! Just be careful, as despite the thrills, motorbiking can be dangerous.

** This is a collaborative post

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