If you get the urge to tidy your car, truck or minivan, use DexKnows to find the nearest auto parts retailer and take a look at the organizational products lining their shelves. You’ll find all kinds of totes, clips, boxes and bags – more in fact than you’d know what to do with – so how about five tips for organizing your vehicle’s interior?
They’re coming right up, but first a word of warning: Tidiness isn’t just for neat freaks – it’s a safety matter, too. As the experts at Consumer Reports point out, if you suddenly need to brake hard or take evasive action, loose objects can turn into projectiles. And you definitely don’t want to find something wedged under the brake pedal when you stamp it into the carpet! So let’s talk about how to get that interior organized.
Make it a rule that whatever gets taken into the car gets taken out at the other end. If the kids bring a favorite toy into the car for a journey, have them take it out when you get back home. That way, everyone gets the tidy message and the car doesn’t fill up with toys. And if the kids are older, the same rule applies to books, iPods and game consoles.
Make a point of dumping all your empty water bottles, fast-food boxes and so on as soon as you stop. Gas stations usually have a trash can between the pumps, so make use of them. Better yet, buy a special car, SUV or van trash can and make sure it gets used. Then empty it every weekend.
Small though it is, the glove box is ideal for phone chargers, a flashlight and those registration and insurance documents. It’s not easy to reach from the driver’s seat though, so keep some coins for parking meters or tolls in the small tray down near the gearshift. Don’t forget the space under the passenger seat. This makes a great place to store a small first aid kit.
Case Logic sells organizers that clip over the sun visor and hold sunglasses and CDs. Items that you don’t need to reach on the go should be put in special purpose organizers in the trunk or behind the rear seats. If possible, these should be secured to the hooks that most manufacturers include in the cargo area. Cargo nets are another possibility. If you need to work from your car, buy mobile office accessories that hold papers and even double as a small desk.
If your car provides a Bluetooth link to your phone, use it. That way, your phone can stay in your pocket or purse and you can make your calls hands-free. But should you need to keep the phone accessible, use a mount designed to hold it safely. Not only will you know where it is rather than rummaging through a bag when it rings, but if an accident happens, the phone will stay nearby and you’ll be able to use it.
Organizing the interior of your vehicle isn’t just about being tidy — it can help keep you safe. Use DexKnows to find your local auto parts stores and see what they have to help.