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Millions of Americans use their cars every day to commute to and from work, drive their kids to school, as well as participate in extracurricular activities. For some people, their car is their second home, office or safe place. Therefore, shouldn’t driving be a comfortable and positive experience? Whether you’re looking to just get from point A to point B or you’re planning a cross-country road trip, there are so many ways you can make riding in your car so much better.

For example, who wants to continuously look down at their phone for directions? With a GPS, you can simply drive and be given the route you need without the risk of driving unsafely. Also, with the new blue tooth technology being integrated into our vehicles, there are so many more ways to take phone calls and dictate text messages without the risk of getting a ticket.

Driving is an American institution. Per USA Today, there are 210 million licensed drivers within the United States. That’s a lot of cars on the road. So, wouldn’t you want your driving experience to be a positive one? We decided it was important to look at various ways you could enhance your driving experience. Most drivers on the road today, tend to drive an estimated 10-12,000 miles per year. While that sounds like a lot, it isn’t. If you were to add up all the miles you use for extracurricular activities, shopping and nights out on the town, you could easily cross over 20-30,000 miles per year. That can be a lot of time spent inside a vehicle.

According to our calculations, that’s multiple hours:

-Eating in Your Car

-Listening to Music

-Getting Lost

-Stressing in rush hour traffic

-Dealing with screaming kids

…And this list could go on and on. As you can see, your vehicle is a very integral part of daily life. Therefore, it’s important that you are relaxed and enjoying yourself. So, the big question is: how can you make your driving experience the cream of the crop and dial down on your stress levels?

If you’re looking for some fun suggestions, here are 30, yes you read that right, THIRTY different ways you can make driving and riding in your car more enjoyable.

30. Grip Strip

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It’s a common fact that while you’re driving you shouldn’t be looking down at your phone. Thankfully, the grip strip solves this problem and keeps your phone stable on your dashboard. This allows for easy GPS navigation and phone conversations. Plus, it comes in fun colors.

29. Fun and Colorful Car Stickers

Image: Graphic Detail

Image: Graphic Detail

Did you know you can buy really cool decal stickers for your car? From amazing designs to simple logos, you can customize your car and drive around in style. However, we do suggest you pick something you love because removal can be quite tricky (and damaging).

28. Mobile Office

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Image: Pinterest

For those of you who travel for business, now you never have to worry about finding a small corner in Starbucks to get your work done. With this neat portable office for you car, you’ll have everything you need for conducting business. However, we don’t suggest driving while doing so!

27. Puppy Booster Seat

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Image: Buzzfeed

There’s nothing that makes a drive more fun than bringing your furry friend with you. However, it can also be dangerous if you just have them loose in your car. Therefore, we suggest getting a cute booster seat! This will keep them strapped in and ready to hit the road.

26. Car Hammock

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Image: Pinterest

Now if you have a larger lazy dog who enjoys living in the lap of luxury, we suggest this hammock for the backseat. Personally, we don’t understand why the dog gets to enjoy it. Maybe the human wants one?

25. Fancy Air Fresheners

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Image: EBay

You can always give your car some unique charm with fun and fancy air fresheners. Just look at this adorable cherry one. They also make air fresheners with jokes on them and crazy exotic scents. No one wants to ride in a smelly car, so enhance the experience with some wonderful new aromas.

24. Spill-Free Mug

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Image: Firebox.com

There’s nothing worse than driving and your coffee mug doing the tip-over dance. Not only does it become a huge mess, but getting coffee stains out of your upholstery is a real pain. Thankfully, a spill-free mug will make your driving easier so you can enjoy your caffeine fix without the spillage.

23. Zubie

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Image: Digital Trends

If you’re looking to improve your driving skills while also having some fun you have to check out Zubie. A cute little device that is paired with an app for your iPhone, you will get driving tips as well as calculations on how you can improve your skills. Neat, right?

22. Portable Jumpstarter

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If you’ve ever woken up to find your car battery dead, you know how much it sucks. Especially, when you’re late for work. Thankfully, you can avoid trying to beg your neighbor for a jump with your own personal device. Isn’t it cute? It’s also super helpful so you can go about your day!

21. Air Bed

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Sometimes if you’re traveling  cross country, stopping at a hotel isn’t feasible, however sleeping in the back of your car with this incredible air bed is. We love how it fits in the spaces of the backseat so you can get a restful sleep. Just don’t stop in the middle of nowhere.

20. Scent Diffuser

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Image: Ioncare

Don’t like the smell of cheap air fresheners? Well, how about this adorable and convenient scent diffuser? We personally think it will give you more depth of scents than a cheap “tree” air freshener from the Dollar Store.

19. Seat Hangers

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Image: Buzzfeed.com

Sometimes storage space can be tight depending on the car you drive. However, with these awesome seat hangers, you can now enjoy a more micromanaged space. It will also relieve any driving stress. We promise, these will be a lifesaver.

18. Silly Plush Tissue Disposer

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Image: feelgift.coms

There’s nothing nastier than having to sneeze while stuck in rush hour traffic and there is no tissue in sight. Thankfully, this adorable plush tissue disposer will save you from those awkward situations, while also putting a smile on your face.

17. Car Games

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Image: KKI Talk

Parents will tell you that the key to a happy road trip is keeping the kids busy. Therefore, we always suggest having games on hand, otherwise it’s going to be hour after hour of “are we there yet?”

16. Jeep Hammock

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Image: Shop.Jammock.com

If you’re looking to take a page out of ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ and hit the road for the trip of a lifetime, we suggest investing in this jeep hammock (if you own a jeep). Not only can you save money on hotels, but you can enjoy a wonderful evening under the stars. Sounds like just the touch of nature we could use right now.

15. Blind Spot Mirror

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Image: Buzzfeed.com

One stressful aspect of driving is your blindspot in heavy traffic. Thankfully, this blindspot can be eliminated with this handy dandy blindspot rearview mirror. Not only can you get the full view of the cars around you, but you can avoid an accident.

14. Car Finder Beacon

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Image: Pinterest.com

Now this is a really cool gadget that plugs into your car’s cigarette lighter and connects with your smartphone to provide you with a beacon to finding your car. We see this as being extremely helpful in mall parking lots, don’t you think?

13. Heated Steering Wheel Cover

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Image: AutoPulse

During the winter months, driving can get quite chilly. Thankfully, you can give your poor hands a break with this awesome steering wheel warmer. Now you can keep your hands toasty and reflexes sharp.

12. Travel Electric Blanket

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Image: Amazon.com

Another great product for driving during the winter months is a portable electric blanket. Now you can remain warm during the coldest months, and prevent your car from turning into an icecube.

11. Portable Stove

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Image: Amazon.com

Do you ever run through a drive-thru and get home only to find your food is now a lukewarm mess? Yeah, we get it–no fun. Thankfully, this  can be eliminated with this awesome portable stove that can keep your food hot and fresh during the drive home. We are so down. Do you think it can fit two whoppers?

10. Heated Travel Mug

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Image: Sharperimage.com

Never worry about cold coffee again with this awesome heated travel mug. Not only will it keep your latte piping hot, but it tells you the temperature as well. Pretty awesome right?

8. Unwrinkle Clothing Hanger

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Image: Container.org

If you travel a lot for business, then the likelihood of you having wrinkled clothes is pretty high. However, with this awesome travel hanger, you can avoid meeting a client looking like you just rolled out of bed. Neat, right?

7. Cup Holder Power Inverter

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Image: SharperImage.com

This cool gadget transforms your cupholder into a power outlet so you can keep your laptop charged while you travel. You never know when you might need to draft an email in bumper-to-bumper traffic, right? We’ll take ten in every color!

6. R2D2 Phone Charger

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Image: Amazon.com

For all you sci-fi geeks out there, this awesome portable R2D2 phone charger fits right into your cupholder. We think it definitely will help the single gentleman out there attract some ladies or a stalker. We’re not sure which.

5. Fun Upholstery

Image: Diary of a Mad Crafter

Image: Diary of a Mad Crafter

If you’re not looking to trade in your car, sometimes customizing it can make it so much more fun to drive. Express yourself with style and flair, and you will love driving everyday. We personally love what this car has done with the flowers.

4. Fun Car Mats

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Image: Pinterest.com

Fun car mats can really make a stressful day better. How can you not smile at these fun designs? Although, we suggest not looking down while driving, they could be somewhat of a distraction.

3. Seat Mounted TV

Image: Universal Car Mount

Image: Universal Car Mount

Another great way to make driving in your car more pleasant with the kids is to have a nice seat mounted TV for them to enjoy. No bickering, no screaming and no every-exit-bathroom breaks. You can keep the kids occupied and you can enjoy some serious TLC on the road.

2. Backseat Protectors

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Image: Pinterest.com

Whether it be friends or kids, your backseat can get quite dirty when it comes to sneakers. However, with these simple backseat protectors, you can keep your car good as new all the time. Night, right?

1. Suction Cup Storage

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Image: Suction Cup Storage

When it comes to having kids, they can really make driving stressful, as well as messy. However, this solution is sure to give you some relief–suction cup storage. Now instead of colored pencils all over the floor, you can keep everything your child needs organized and within an arm’s reach. Cool, huh?