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4 Car Accessories That’ll Make Your Car Safer And More Comfortable To Drive

4 Car Accessories That’ll Make Your Car Safer And More Comfortable To Drive

Some of us consider our cars as our second home. No matter what year your vehicle was manufactured and whether or not it runs on manual or automatic transmission, there are many reasons to be thankful for its service. It keeps us safe from road pollution, dry from light and heavy rain or snow, and warm on freezing days.

We consider them part of the family, give them “names”, and even have them pampered with car washes more frequently than we’d like to admit.[1] Judging a car by its exterior is the same as judging a book by its cover, but it’s what’s inside that matters most. It should come as no surprise that we’d want to make it feel even homier to stay in. And while we’re not suggesting you install built-in toilets or sinks in your cars (there are trailer cars and mobile homes for that), we’d definitely suggest you ramp up the comfort value of your car with the help of some great car accessories.

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These four car accessories will definitely keep you in your car longer than you should, weather conditions aside:

1. AutoExec Wheelmate Steering Wheel Attachable Work Surface Tray

On a scale of 1-10, how hard is it to eat inside the car? Or get any urgent paperwork done without the documents crumpling or getting creased?

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Whether you’re rushing to finish your report minutes before submission or trying to eat your takeout in peace (and without mess or spills), this attachable work surface tray can work wonders. Not only will it save you from messy meal mishaps, it’ll also provide you with an impromptu table in seconds. The only downside is that it’ll only work in the driver’s seat.

2. WonderGel Extreme Seat Cushion

After a while, no matter how much you love your car, every sitting position will feel uncomfortable. You might even find yourself suddenly regretting your decision to skip out on buying an ergonomic seat because you were afraid it would make you seem older than your actual age. Stuck in traffic for much longer than your usual commute time? This seat cushion will definitely make you feel like you’re sitting on a cloud.

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3. Resqme Seatbelt Cutter and Window Glass Breaker

In case of an emergency, breaking a car window shouldn’t be too hard, right? Wrong. It can actually be as tough as they make it look in the movies. If your car was to crash into a lake or other large body of water, you could have the hardest time kicking your way out of the car, and harder still as it sinks deeper and deeper into the water. And let’s not forget about the seatbelt that jams and could keep you tied to the seat.

Not that we’d wish such unfortunate events on you, but this seat-belt cutter and car widow breaker comes in the form of a keychain, so you don’t have to worry about hurting yourself while it’s attached to your keys. And in the case of emergencies, this accessory proves to be well worth its value.

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4. GPS Smartphone Bluetooth by iTrack Easy Anti-Lost Device

Say goodbye to wandering aimlessly around a crowded parking lot to find your car. You can also say goodbye to ever losing your keys again. This tracker isn’t just restricted to keys and car locating though. It’ll work on anything you attach it to. However, its coverage is limited, so don’t expect it to work from miles away.

When it comes to accessories, remember to invest in equipment that will give you peace of mind, not distract you. You wouldn’t want to be responsible for road accidents that occur while you’re behind the wheel. Most importantly, invest in AAA’s 42-Piece Emergency Road Assistance Kit.

We spend a good chunk of our days stuck in the car during commutes to and from work or school, that the least we could do is do what we can to make it a comfortable daily task. Road trips will never be the same again with these life saving accessories. Both for entertainment and safety purposes, the gadgets and gizmos above will definitely make your car feel like a whole new world – or at least a seamless ride.

Featured photo credit: Kaique Rocha via Pexels.com via pexels.com

Reference

[1] http://www.cheatsheet.com/automobiles/why-do-people-feel-the-need-to-name-their-cars.html/?a=viewall

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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