I used to really dislike driving long distances. However, in the last few months I’ve done a few things to completely change my mind.
- Use a GPS. I no longer have to worry about leaving directions at home, taking a wrong turn, finding food or fuel, or needing a detour. I just hop in the car, hit the road, head in the general direction of my destination, and plug in the address on the way.
- Buy prescription sunglasses. Sunglasses have made a world of difference. Yesterday I drove out to Auburn in the morning and back to the East Bay in the afternoon, driving into the sun both ways. Having the sunglasses has completely eliminated squinting and strain on my eyes.
- Take Music. Loading up the GPS with music has really helped pass the time. I even added a few hours of MCLE, just in case!
- Drive slower. I’ve made a point of obeying the speed limit, even when I’m running late. Driving fast saves a negligible amount of time and can be very stressful.
These four things have transformed my long drives from stressful events into fairly enjoyable trips.