Spring Fashions in Los Angeles, CA

Spring FashionsSpring Fashion Week may be over, but the race for the best-dressed friend in your circle has just begun. Whether you’re a fashion blogger or an Instagram fashion hawk, there’s plenty of inspiration for adding to your wardrobe this year. But the question is, what will be the best spring fashions in Los Angeles, CA?

The jumpsuit is making a comeback. H&M has them now for under $20, and you can go from budget to glam in moments by adding a sweet pair of sandals with small heels. Stilettos and kitten heels are out, but you can pull out your awesome shoes from the ‘90s because they’re making a serious comeback. Not convinced? Downton Abbey’s Michelle Dockery recently wore a pair to the WIM (Women in Film, TC, Media & Digital) party. In fact, the ‘90s are totally in right now. Just check out the next trend.

Baby doll dresses were all over the Paris Fashion Week runway. From deep burnt read to mustardy yellow, you’re looking at a lot of leg this spring. Pair one of these dresses with knee-high boots, flats, strappy thigh-high sandals, Birkenstocks (these never went out of style, right?), or your favorite cut-out sandals and you’re runway ready. Speaking of shoes—let’s talk about another ‘90s comeback.

Cut-out sandals are making a huge comeback, so you can also pull out your shoes from high school because they’re seriously cool right now. From sling-backs to Mary Janes, you’ll be en vogue when you pair your new jumpsuit or baby doll dress with your sweet throwback shoes.

spring fashionsYou know what’s not in, though? Wearing socks with sandals. You can tell your man you read it in an article somewhere and he must stop doing this immediately. And if it’s you? You better not be going out in public that way. And walking the dog is considered being in public, just an FYI.

But one more thing that’s totally coming back: lace! Thank goodness, because we were seriously missing this after the boho chic fashions sort of petered out. Take a lace top and pair it with something edgy such as a leather jacket with a zipper and you’re on the road to success. Pairing the feminine lace or even a crochet top with the bad-girl look of a leather motorcycle jacket, skinny jeans, and some awesome shoes will definitely make you look fashion forward.

Norm Reeves Honda Superstore in Cerritos, CA, is the perfect place to pick out that next great accessory—your next vehicle. Looking to cart around all of your friends in a stylish ride? Check out the 2015 Honda Crosstour. Need something to show off your eco-friendly side? Check out the Honda Fit or the Civic Hybrid. Or are you looking for something that shows off your sporty side to match with your new jumpsuit? Step out of the CR-Z in your new flat sandals.

Check them all out at Norm Reeves Honda Superstore—your destination for 2015 Honda models. Schedule a test drive today and stun all of your fashionable friends with your latest addition to your accessory collection.

Tips for Finding a Reliable Service Center near Los Angeles

Finding a Reliable Service CenterSo your car is making a weird noise and you’re looking for a reliable service center near your Los Angeles home to get it checked out. This is perfectly logical, but be sure to get it checked out soon because it could become a major headache if you don’t! Here are some tips to find the perfect service center.

• Get to know their experience. Look for a service department that has qualified staff. While it’s great to see a place that has apprentices, it’s even better when they’re being taught by highly trained and highly experienced service technicians. So when it’s time to get your vehicle serviced, ask the service center about the experience of the service technicians.

• Discover the benefits of shopping with them. Plenty of places offer free coffee when you walk in. But how many places offer a free inspection, warning light diagnostic check, or night service? These are just some of the benefits of shopping at a high-end service center. And these are the kinds of benefits you want to keep an eye out for.

• Check out the services they offer. Even if you just need an oil change right now, chances are you’re going to need much more in the future. Honda vehicles are reliable, but like any one on the road, they need regular maintenance to keep them on track. Check to see what other services the center offers so you know what you can rely on them for in the future.

• Make sure they’re convenient for you. Some places offer quick service that really seems to take forever in the end. But you want a service center that has convenient hours, night service, true express service, and plenty of freebies. While these may not seem important for just an oil change, you want to find a service center that respects your time and won’t waste it, even on a regular, quick service.

• Find out what kind of experience they offer for you. When you’re searching for a service center, you’re not just looking for a one-time experience. You’re starting a professional relationship with people you can hopefully trust for a long time. So it’s important that you get an A+ experience every time you show up. After all, why would you come back if the service was anything but excellent? Check out reviews and ask around and then try someplace new. But once you find a great place, keep going back! Loyal customers are happy customers.

Service Center Los Angeles

Norm Reeves Honda Superstore offers all of these benefits and more. Just check out our 10 Reasons to Service Your Honda at Norm Reeves Honda Superstore to see them all in one place.

On top of offering a world-class service center, we also offer friendly, knowledgeable, happy-to-help staff. These benefits are important to our customers, and as a local business, they’re also important to us. Stop by our service center today to experience all that Norm Reeves Honda Superstore’s Service Center has to offer you and your vehicle.

Tips for Spring Cleaning your Car

Hey Long Beach, Downey, and Los Angeles drivers, Norm Reeves Ford is sharing some of their favorite tips for spring cleaning your car so you can get your ride looking and smelling like new again. Just check out their list of DIY car cleaning tips below to get your vehicle ready for spring. And as a gentle reminder, always use a microfiber or lint-free cloth when cleaning your car. 

Tips for Cleaning Your Car’s Interior

  • Take out all of the floor mats and vacuum them separately. Rubber mats should be washed with a non-slip cleaner.
  • DIY Car Cleaning TipsUse compressed air to free dirt and debris from buttons and cracks around the dashboard and doors.
  • Working from top to bottom, vacuum the upholstery, seats, and floors. Be sure to move the seats all the way forward and back to get all of the carpeting underneath them.
  • Remove stains from upholstery and carpeting with a foam cleanser. Vacuum the area after washing to remove any dislodged dust or dirt. Make sure you can dry the area after cleaning to prevent mold and mildew.
  • Cloth and nylon seats can be easily shampooed with a wet vac extraction machine.
  • Leather or vinyl should be cleaned only with leather or vinyl cleaner. After cleaning, use a conditioner on leather seats to avoid drying and cracking.
  • A mild all-purpose cleaner is great for wiping down any hard surfaces inside your car.
  • Use glass cleaner to clean all of the windows and mirrors. Avoid cleaners with ammonia or vinegar if you have after-market tinted windows, as these chemicals could damage the tint. However, factory tinting is protected in the glass so it won’t be damaged.

Tips for Cleaning Your Car’s Exterior

  • Park in a shady spot and let your car get nice and cool before you start cleaning.
  • Fill one bucket with sudsy cleaner and another with clean water. Dip a deep-pile terrycloth microfiber towel into the cleaner then wipe a section of the car’s exterior. Then dip the towel into the clean water to rinse out the dirt.
  • Car WashWorking from top to bottom, clean one section of the vehicle at a time and don’t let the soap dry.
  • When you’re done washing, use a gentle stream of water from a hose to rinse the car and then dry it immediately with a cloth. Air drying will result in soap spots on your car’s exterior.
  • Use a wheel brush and degreaser or wheel cleaner to get dirt and grime off the wheel rims. Allow the cleaner to soak into the rims for about a minute before brushing it away.
  • Wash the tires with whitewall cleaner.

Of course, these are just a few tips for spring cleaning your car. Some of our Los Angeles, Downey, and Long Beach customers also suggest polishing and waxing your vehicle, changing the oil, and cleaning the air filter.

Want even more information about vehicle care and maintenance? Check out our website. At Norm Reeves Ford, we provide our customers with a steady supply of useful automotive information to help you get the most out of your vehicle. Stop by any time to test drive our new 2015 Ford models.

Ultimate Guide to the LA Festival of Color

festival of colors in los angelesHere it is, Long Beach, Downey, and Los Angeles: your ultimate guide to the LA Festival of Colors.

But before we dive in, it’s time for a short history lesson. Originating in India, Holi marked the end of winter and the beginning of spring. It has since become a major celebration in the United States, where people both young and old gather to dance, sing and, of course, cover each other in color. This year, the LA Festival of Color is being held on Saturday, March 7 from 11 am to 5 pm on the grounds of Excelsior High School in Norwalk. You can purchase tickets from the Festival of Colors USA website or at the event gates. General admission is $5, but kids 12 and under get in free. There’s on-street parking available, but please respect the residents of the community and don’t block their driveways.

Getting the Right Colors

Half of the fun of the festival is the color throw and spreading color on each other’s shirts and hair. So you’re going to need to get your hands on some temple-approved bags of color. What’s temple approved, you ask? They’ve been checked and guaranteed to be environmentally safe. Color from external vendors could include harmful chemicals, and festival officials will confiscated them. You can find approved color for sale on the official festival website or at the festival on the day of the event. Five assorted colors (violet, green, yellow, pink, and orange) in 100-gram bags can be purchased for $2 per bag.

What to Bring

Make sure you have some kind of eye protection to keep the color from getting into your eyes. A lot of people just use sunglasses, but there will 25-cent dust masks and $6 bandanas for sale at the festival. It’s important never to throw color directly into anyone’s face. Instead, nicely ask if you can lovingly rub it on their cheeks or in their hair. Don’t wear contact lenses. If color does get in your eyes, you don’t want it stuck behind your contacts. Also keep in mind that the color can stain clothes and skin. Wear clothes you don’t mind having dyed a new color. Try to shake off as much of the color powder as you possibly can before attempting to wash your clothing, skin, or hair. Drugs, alcohol, and smoking are strictly prohibited at the festival.

Must-Sees

Festival of Color Norwalk, CA

Aside from the initial color throw, the Festival of Colors is all about the live performances. With a lineup of great acts simultaneously performing on two stages, it can be hard to know which to choose. Here are a few we think you should try to catch:

  • TK and Namrock (Main Stage, 11 am): Influenced by the early days of rock and roll, this band employs the use of sacred mantras with uplifting lyrics. Main Stage, 11 am
  • Lokah and the Bhakti Dance (Main Stage, 12:45 pm): The Bhakti dance is expressive and engages participants in chanting and dancing.
  • Govindas and Radha: A husband and wife team of bhakti yogis, experience their teachings and music from the Secondary Stage from 1:30 to 2:30 pm.

About Norm Reeves Ford

We provide exceptional automotive services to the communities of Los Angeles, Downey, and Long Beach. From helping pick out your next dream car to performing regular maintenance on your current one, Norm Reeves Ford does it all. Call or click today to find more community events in your area or to check out our inventory of new 2015 Ford vehicles.   

Unique Valentine’s Day in Los Angeles

In Los Angeles, unique Valentine’s Day dates are leaving the cliché chocolates, flowers, and dinner dates in the dust. Attracting those all over the area from Long Beach to Downey, these nontraditional events and activities are giving an interesting spin on the usual happenings for this holiday. If you’re tired of the norm and want to try something different with your love this year, here’s a list of unique Valentine’s Day dates near Los Angeles.

Valentine's Day Valentine’s Day Malibu Wine Safari & Chocolate Tasting at Saddlerock Ranch

Located at 32111 Mulholland Highway in Malibu is the Valentine’s Day Malibu Wine Safari & Chocolate Tasting at Saddlerock Ranch event. Here, you’ll receive a tour of the Malibu Wine Safari’s Saddlerock Ranch and sample wines paired with indulgent chocolates. Also, you can see unusual wildlife like zebras, giraffe, and other animals. This event is set to take place from February 13 to February 15, and tickets will cost $100 each.

Watson Adventures’ Naked at the Getty Scavenger Hunt

On Valentine’s Day from 2 pm or 5:30 pm, you and your love can roam through Getty Center in Los Angeles for a scavenger hunt. With this, you can work together to answer tricky questions to uncover hidden secrets within works of art that involve nudity. It’s an interesting event that everyone can participate in regardless of your knowledge of art.

5K Runs

Although running 5ks as a couple is gaining bit of popularity across the country, a Valentine’s themed run is a unique way to celebrate the holiday. On Valentine’s Day at 7 am, you and your mate can participate in the Sweetheart Conquest at Dockweiler Beach. The track provides a scenic beachfront view for romance as both of you run a 5k, 15k, or 20k together.

Sex and the City Zoo Dinner

Valentine's Day Los Angeles

At the Sex and the City Zoo Dinner the Witherbe Auditorium in the LA Zoo gives couples champagne, chocolate, and an optional 5-course dinner. Attending this event gives a lighthearted insight on animal dating, mating, and cohabitation. Plus, zoo veteran Joleen Lutz will speak about the pros and cons of relationships within the animal world.

Stay Local or Stay In

The traditions of Valentine’s Day may make you believe you have to go all out to celebrate, but this holiday is actually about appreciating the time you’ve had with your sweetheart and enjoying his or her company. So stay in and create your own experiences at home or ditch the fancy restaurants and stop by a pizza place or taco stand for dinner. So long as you two have fun, it won’t matter where you go or what you do. In the end, it’s about how much you love each other.

In Long Beach, Los Angeles, and Downey unique Valentine’s Day dates are taking over. Step away from the traditions this year and add one or all of these events and ideas to your Valentine’s Day plans for an experience you and your date won’t forget.

For a gift he or she will remember, head over to Norm Reeves Ford Superstore in Cerritos. With an inventory of popular 2015 Ford models, finding the gift designed to woo your Valentine will be fun and easy. So stop in and check out what we have to offer and schedule your test drive today.

Top Spring Break Staycations in Orange County, CA

Staycations in Orange County are turning into the new vacation destinations for those in Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Downey. For spring break this year, many residents in the area are opting to stay local rather than traveling for their vacations. It’s a great idea for those looking to save a little money and for many who prefer to sleep in their own beds. So if you’re considering staying home for a spring break staycation in Orange County, here are some things you can do while you have a little time off.

Disneyland

Best Staycations in Orange County

Spend your spring break at Disneyland in Anaheim this year and take all of your friends and entire family with you. From rides to great food to hanging out with iconic characters like Mickey Mouse, Disneyland has everything you need for a magical staycation in Orange County. As stated before, it is right in Anaheim, making it close for those all over the area to enjoy. Plus, with its nearby proximity, you have the freedom to go there for your entire vacation or just one day.

California Hiking Trails and Camping

Orange County is filled with trails and camping spots if you’re looking to get in touch with the local outdoors for your spring break. For hiking there’s the Deer Canyon Park. This 103 acre area of wilderness features a hilly terrain for those quick hikes, mountain biking, and equestrians. For camping there’s the Doheny State Beach. It includes camping grounds at the southern end of the park, making your outdoor experience scenic and beautiful.

Wine Tastings

California StaycationsLiving in California means you’re right near the many vineyards the state has to offer. So why not take the time and visit on during your spring break staycation? Whether you’re looking to spend a few nights there or just a day, vineyards in the area offer great amenities, beautiful views, and wine tastings for you to enjoy. From Laguna Canyon Winery to Pozzuoli Vineyard and Winery in Tustin, take your pick of destinations for your staycation.

Staying In

While there are a ton of great staycation destinations all over Orange County, you still have the option of staying in and relaxing. At home you have the freedom to do what you want whether it’s sleeping in or browsing the Norm Reeves Ford Superstore in Cerritos’ online showroom for a new car. Staying in locally is affordable and allows you recharge, regroup and feel refreshed before headed back to college or back to work.

In Orange County, staycation ideas are gaining popularity for those in Downey, Long Beach, and Los Angeles. So if you’re considering staying local, head to the destinations above to experience a spring break filled with excitement. And if you’re planning on staying home relaxing, then get a head start on the car buying process and take a peek at the online showroom at Norm Reeves Ford Superstore. With great new and popular Ford models one is bound to catch your attention, and when one does be sure to schedule your test drive online!

Tips for Charging your Electric Car Battery

Ford has implemented the technologies needed to provide drivers through Downey, Los Angeles, and Long Beach with great efficient performances. This is clearly shown within the electric and hybrid cars in the showroom of Cerritos Ford. From the 2015 Ford C-Max to the Fusion Energi, drivers are getting a great power paired wonderfully with an economically friendly driving experience. However, many are unaware of the helpful tips for charging your electric car battery. So to help, Cerritos Ford has included a list of tips drivers can follow to ensure a long lasting electric battery under the hood.

2015 Ford fusion hybrid
 

Avoid Fully Charging

Yes, it seems strange to avoid charging your battery to the fullest percentage, but doing this can lend a hand in creating a shorter life space for the battery. Like other electronics today, charging your electric car’s battery to its full percentage can lead to a faster drain time. This means, the more it’s charged to the max, the shorter it can last on the road. To help prevent premature battery drainage, it’s recommended that you charge up to about 80 percent each time. This not only increases your battery’s lifespan but will also leave room to store energy from the regenerative braking feature that vehicles like the 2015 Ford Fusion Energi Plug-In Hybrid have.

Be Careful of the Weather

Some electric cars on the road have thermal management that keeps your battery running comfortably with each particular weather condition. However, this can run continuously based on the temperature outside, and it could lead to a dead battery. So if you’re parking your car on a hot day, be sure to park in the shade or in your garage.

Plan Your Trips

Like gas-powered vehicles, it’s important to fuel up and go and know the closest gas stations when you’re on the road. Drivers of electric vehicles planning a quick getaway or an extended vacation should always consider driving on a route with charge stations. By formulating a travel plan that caters to the location of these stations, you won’t have to worry about not having enough power to get to your destination or to get home. But if where you need to go doesn’t include a great deal of charge areas, you can opt for using a regular outlet for power up your car. Just remember to keep track of the time to avoid overcharging.

Cerritos FordSchedule Maintenance at Cerritos Ford

Cerritos Ford has what you need to ensure your electric battery runs great for a long time. So be sure to have our trained technicians take a look at your battery regularly to confirm it’s working properly and efficiently. In addition, if you do need a replacement, we’ll be able to gladly help you find the right battery.

Electric cars are all over the streets of Los Angeles, Downey, and Long Beach, and while drivers are enjoying their fuel efficient performance, they may not be enjoying a shortened electric battery lifespan. If you’re one of the many that faces this problem, don’t worry read the tips for charging your electric car battery above to provide the help your battery needs to live longer.

Top Free Valentine’s Day Dates in Cerritos, CA

Top Free Dates for Valentine's DayIf you’re one of the many in Los Angeles, Downey, and Long Beach stressing out about affording to take your Valentine out this year, stop and relax. Valentine’s Day in California doesn’t mean you have to empty out your wallet to experience a loving and fun time with your Valentine. There are tons of great date areas all over the area you can take your valentine to this year without having to spend a dime. If you’re looking for free Valentine’s Day dates in the Cerritos area, then here’s a list for you to consider.

Go for a hike

Hiking is great for the adventurous couple that loves to stay active. There are all kinds of trails and paths for you to see. For example, there’s Runyon Canyon in Hollywood where hikers, runners, and even yoga enthusiasts come to relax and get a work out. There’s also the Sara Wan Trailhead at Corral Canyon that gives you and your date not only a great workout with hiking, but amazing views of the ocean in Malibu. Echo Mountain in Altadena where you and your date can head out for a hike at night as the trail does not officially close.

Have a Picnic

As stated before, California is known its year round warm weather and what better way to enjoy both Valentine’s Day and the weather than with a picnic underneath the sun or just at sun-set. A great place to head to for a picnic this year is Echo Lake Park. Here, there’s now a boathouse, new landscaping, and of course picnic tables and grills for your meal. It’s also a place with a view as the lotus gardens with water lilies, and all over the area is a wide array of wildlife like nesting water bird that’ll add to the scenery.

Top Free Valentines Day Dates

Go exploring

All over the areas of Los Angeles, Downey, and Long Beach are great attractions and places for you and your date to explore. It’s a simple and exciting date as you jump into your new 2015 Ford model from your local Los Angeles area dealer, Cerritos Ford and drive through the towns and areas to discover new local restaurants, parks, and other attractions you’ll remember for future dates and special occasions.

Head to the beach

Top Free Valentines Day Dates

California is known for its west coast beaches and its year round warm beach weather, so why not take your date our for a great day at one of the many beaches in California for Valentine’s Day this year. From Malibu to South Bay, you two can surf, swim, and soak in the west coast sun. As a bonus, it’ll be free.

California is a bountiful place filled with great attractions and activities that you and your date can find excitement and comfort in this Valentine’s Day. So take a step away from the cliché restaurant date this year, and take your Valentine to these top free Valentine’s Day dates in the Cerritos area that’ll leave both you and your date smiling on the holiday while keeping your wallet full. From hiking to picnics, there’s something for both of you to enjoy this year.

How to Keep Your Car Cool in Summer

If you live in a climate that’s hot year-round, or you’re looking for creative ways to keep your car cool in the summer months, then you might want to continue reading. Although everyone knows to park in the shade and avoid direct sunlight from heating up the dash, some people don’t think to use a windshield cover or towels to keep the interior of their cars at a comfortable temperature.

Windshield Covers 

Putting a silver windshield cover in the interior of your car can help protect your upholstery, leather seats and dash. A windshield cover can also help prevent heat from accumulating in the cabin and people from seeing into your car. Also, if you travel with a laptop and keep it in the passenger seat, it will also be kept cool by adding a windshield cover.

Windshield covers work by reflecting the sun’s punishing UV rays away from your vehicle. In the hotter summer months, adding a windshield cover (a.k.a., sun shade) can reduce the temperature in the cabin by as much as forty degrees. This makes for a more comfortable ride and protects your investment. A windshield cover is a very affordable accessory that can protect your dash and upholstery while keeping everyone comfortable and happy.

Park in the Shade or Garage

Ideally, you would park your car in the shade, especially if you don’t have the benefit of a windshield cover. In cases where you can’t find an open, shaded space, park your car in a garage. Although a garage can still be a little toasty, it protects your car from the sun’s rays and should still be a cooler option. Since heat rises, look to park your car in an underground parking garage. That said, almost any garage beats having your car buffeted by UV rays all day. Especially if you have a darker toned car, realize that heat can definitely accumulate and make the ride more unpleasant than it needs to be.

Crack Down Your Windows 

A lot of heat buildup in parked cars is attributable to poor ventilation. Make sure that your windows are cracked slightly to allow good circulation and prevent heat buildup in the summer months. Just cracking your window down the length of a playing card would be enough to get the air flowing and prevent stepping into a sauna after your day out. On a similar note, you could place a solar or battery-powered fan in your car to get even more circulation going. The fan will not only create more circulation, but it will also shift any heat out the crack that you’ve just made in the window to prevent heat buildup.

Consider Adding Window Tint

Window tint can be added to your vehicle to reduce UV exposure and even prevent thefts. Another main reason people add window tint aftermarket to their vehicles is to control the amount of heat that gets let into their vehicles. Adding window tint can result in over two-thirds less solar energy seeping into your car and making the ride unpleasant. Window tint also has the side benefit of reducing your dependence on the car’s air conditioning, which saves you money and helps protect the planet.

Blanket Your Seats 

If you’re concerned about your leather seats or upholstery cracking due to exposure to the sun’s rays, then consider simply placing a lightly colored towel over your seats. Towels are obviously very easy to throw back on the floor, trunk or in your vehicle’s cargo area when you’re done using them.

10 Tips to De-Stress During Rush Hour

 

Everybody that drives more than a few miles to work or lives in a metropolitan city knows the stress that comes with sitting behind a seemingly endless stream of cars on the highway just to get to work or make it home in the afternoon. For most people, that rush hour stress is just a fact of life. Unfortunately, chronic stress can lead to health problems that are quite serious.

 

You may not be able to shorten your commute or avoid rush hour altogether, but there are some things you can do to keep stress at bay while you’re in your car. Use these 10 tips to keep calm behind the wheel, even if you’re stuck there a lot longer than you’d like.

 

1. Consider Carpooling

Sometimes the worst part of rush-hour is simply sitting alone behind the wheel alternating between the gas and brake pedal for two hours. Carpooling with a group you like from a designated starting point can make the trip a lot easier. It can also save you considerable wear and tear on your car.

 

2. Give Yourself Extra Time

 

Giving yourself extra time so that you’re not a stressed-out maniac in the car sounds obvious, but most people just don’t do it. Opting for that extra 10 minutes of sleep might sound like a good thing, but it’s probably not worth the extra stress in the car. However long your commute takes you, try adding an extra 15 to 20 minutes.

 

3. Pack a Snack

 

Hunger makes everything worse, and rush-hour coincides with the times people are hungriest. Pack a healthy snack like nuts or a piece of fresh fruit for the ride.

4. Use Alternate Routes

 

An alternate route may not be faster, but at least you’ll be looking at some new scenery. Use your GPS or smartphone to get you where you’re going in a new way.

 

5. Listen to Soothing Music

 

The sound of car horns and your own gnashing teeth isn’t soothing and makes stress worse. Bring some soothing music with you for the trip and keep it in your car. An iPod or smartphone with music options is even better.

 

6. Catch Up on Current Events

 

Current events aren’t always calming, but at least you’ll be doing something productive on the road. Find your local NPR or news radio station. Take the time to learn something about the world around you.

 

7. Relax Your Body

 

It’s impossible to be mentally stressed while your body is relaxed, so make the effort to unclench your muscles. Relaxing your body – not too limp, you’re still driving – can help cool you down during a nightmarish commute.

 

8. Use In-Car Time Wisely

 

If you have a Bluetooth enabled smartphone, taking some time to chat with friends and family is an excellent use of your commute. You’ll just be doing it at home anyway, so why not take care of two things at once?

 

9. Focus on the Positive

 

When rush-hour just seems like too much to deal with, chances are you’re starting to really feel the effects of stress. Instead of focusing on spending too much time in the car, try focusing on what’s positive in your life. If you’re late to work, at least you have a job, and hopefully one you like.

 

10. Accept What You Can’t Change

 

You’re stuck in your car, there’s bad traffic, you’re late and you’re in a bad mood. When that happens, accepting that you can’t change it, but it will be over soon, is often enough to get you through while still retaining your sanity.