Weekend Weightlifter – organise your car

It’s quite common for our cars to get a little messy inside.

This weekend your mission is to clear out the junk and make sure you’ve got all the things you need in your car.

1. Empty out the rubbish.
2. Take out things that don’t live in there and out them in their homes inside the house or garage.
3. Give it a bit of a wipe down and vacuum if it needs it.
4. Make a list of things that are handy to have in the car. It may include: tissues, rubbish bags, shopping bags, maps, first aid kit, spare sunnies, books, notepad, pens, a bottle of water (for the radiator, not to drink), spare hats, spare umbrella, sunscreen (essential in our hot Aussie summer!) or anything else you find you need when out and about.
5. Find suitable storage for those items (you can get special organisers for the car or just make up your own) and put it all back in.
6. Try to make a habit of tidying your car whenever you get home and teach your kids to do the same with the back seat.

Being disorganised makes you a bad driver

Have you ever tail-gated someone in the car? Used bad language to another driver in front of your kids? Cut people off? Refused to let someone in because you “didn’t have the time”? Lost your temper when another driver did something annoying or that inconvenienced you?

Have you ever received a fine for running a red light? How about a speeding ticket or parking ticket?

Being disorganised contributes to all of these circumstances a significant amount of the time.

You speed because you’re late, and in most cases you’re late because you didn’t give yourself enough time to get where you’re going (there are some instances where it’s out of your control, but if you’re really honest with yourself those times are the minority). Because you’re late you’re also more likely to be intolerant of other drivers; losing your temper, tail-gating and swearing.  Also if you’re rushing you’re more likely to be distracted, which is very dangerous. And you’re more likely to attempt to take a phone call in the car because you “haven’t got time to stop”, which is extremely dangerous.

You get a parking ticket because you forget to move your car, or lose track of time. Or worse still, forget where you park!

What kind of example are you setting for your kids? How safe are you on the road? How much money does it cost you in fines?

You may need to make some changes to your level of organisation and your time management so that you can be relaxed in the car. It will save you time, money and may save a life.