How to be comfortable on a long car ride as a passenger

Now, without any doubt, a car is the most effective and the cheapest way to go from point A to point B. On the other hand, unlike riding a bike or driving a motorcycle you are still in an indoor car space and it can get pretty uncomfortable if your car ride takes for more than a few hours. Whether your job is making you drive your car for 3-4 hours a day or you have decided to go on a vacation by your car, you would want to make that ride as comfortable as possible. And while the car has numerous advantages you still want to make sure to get the most out of it without being all sore after a few hours of drive.

The comfort of a car depends on a model, material of seats, and of course how big it is. If you are trying to fit 5 people in a car that is suited for 3 chances are you will have to tighten up and you will not be able to experience the potential comfort that it can provide. Thus, there are a few tips on how you can ensure to have a comfortable car ride some relating to additional features that you can include, and others to your body posture and position. Without further ado, let’s go ahead and take a look.

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Tips For A Comfortable Car Ride

  1. First and foremost, we would like to recommend that you should take at least a few 15-minute breaks in several hours of a car drive. Now, whether you are going on a holiday or simply from one town to another given your job requirements stopping by a café or on a gas stop is a great thing to do. You will get to stretch your legs, breathe in some fresh air and of course, take a break before you move on.
  2. What we would recommend is buying a few car seat pillow cushions. These work great to support your back and overall body posture and will allow you to sit on a comfortable and soft surface. Some use memory foam and will make your car drive really enjoyable. We suggest that you take a look at the top 15 best car seat cushions for long drives and choose the one that you like the most.

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If your job requires that you drive for more than a few hours each day or you decide to go for a holiday destination by your car you want to be as comfortable during and as rested after the ride. By following these tips you will ensure that those few hours will be enjoyable and relaxing.

Here’s what to do to avoid cramps and other ailments. Plus, what to add to your travel first-aid kit.

Long car trips can literally be a pain. But you can remain physically comfortable on long drives with these tips.

Stay alert. Drowsy driving can be fatal. Don’t push yourself to drive late into the night, when you are usually asleep. Switch drivers if you start to fade. If you’re the only driver, get a hotel room.

Pull over every 2 to 3 hours. “Sitting too long is hard on the lower back due to that constant flexed position,” says Lynn Millar, Ph.D., chair of the department of physical therapy at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina. It may compress the discs between your vertebrae, potentially leading to pain, numbness, or tingling in the legs. Your neck and hips could get tight, too. Getting out of the car and walking around a bit can help keep you comfortable on long drives.

Stretch your back. On your driving breaks, stand tall and circle your shoulders back five times. Then reach arms overhead and arch back slightly. Hold for 5 seconds, then lower arms and repeat once or twice.

Uncramp your legs. Try this calf and hip-flexor stretch: Stand with feet staggered in a lunge, left knee bent in front and right leg straight behind so that your heel touches the ground. With hands on hips (or holding on to something for balance), clench the right side of your gluteal muscles. Hold for 30 seconds, then switch legs and repeat.

Relax your shoulders. Keeping your chin parallel to the ground, slowly draw your head back as far as you can. You might feel a stretch along your upper spine and shoulders. Repeat six times.

Flex your feet. Trips longer than 4 hours increase your risk of deep vein thrombosis, a clot that forms, usually in the lower leg or thigh, says Mary Cushman, M.D., a spokesperson for the American Heart Association. Stopping to walk around helps. Passengers in the car should do ankle rolls and alternate flexing and pointing their feet one at a time every half hour or so.

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Your Travel First-Aid Kit

Start with a prepacked kit, such as those sold by the Red Cross for $20. These give you a variety of bandages, gauze, tape, and more for treating wounds, cuts, and burns. We recommend adding:

1. Your health and hospital insurance cards.

2. Enough of your Rx medications to last you the length of your trip—and a few days more just in case.

3. An antihistamine, such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl Allergy and generic) or loratadine (Claritin and generic), for an unexpected allergic attack.

4. A pain reliever, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol and generic), ibuprofen (Advil and generic), or naproxen (Aleve and generic).

5. Antidiarrheal remedies, such as loperamide (Imodium and generic) and bismuth subsalicylate (Kaopectate, Pepto-Bismol, and generic), and antacids.

6. Insect repellent and tweezers for tick removal.

7. Sunscreen, aloe gel, hydrocortisone cream, or calamine lotion to prevent sunburn or soothe bites.

8. Antiseptic wipes, hand sanitizer, and an antibiotic ointment, such as Neosporin, for infected wounds.

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No, you’re not almost there yet — in fact, you haven’t left your ZIP code. When a trip to the grocery store leaves your kids whining from boredom, the prospect of a family road trip is enough to inspire nightmares, and unless you have a bus fitted with private bunks and a fridge stocked with snacks, you might imagine your kids will spend the whole trip cranky and bickering. Don’t assume the worst, though. With plenty of advance prep and an arsenal of distractions ready to keep little ones happy, this is going to be your best trip yet.

Items you will need

  • Sun shades
  • Blankets
  • Handheld fans
  • Pillows
  • Bag of snacks
  • Cooler
  • Water jug
  • Toys, books and games

Step 1

Outfit the car with gear that should keep the kids physically comfortable. Attach sun shades to un-tinted side windows to keep the back of the vehicle cool. Place a blanket at each child’s spot in the car in case he feels the air conditioning is too cold; you might also pick up battery-operated personal fans for kids to use when they feel warm. Stow a small pillow for each child to ensure comfortable napping; neck pillows are ideal for kids stuck in middle seats.

Step 2

Create a seat schedule if your children always fight about who sits where and when. (This only works if all your kids are out of car seats.) Divide up each leg of the trip into parts equaling the number of kids; for instance, with three kids, break a nine-hour trip into three-hour blocks. Assign kids to their seats on a rotating basis, or let each child have his choice of seats for one leg of the trip. Keep the schedule with you in the front seat to avoid confusion about whose turn is when.

Step 3

Dress every child in his most comfortable clothes. Let kids wear pajama bottoms, oversized T-shirts and bedroom slippers if they want. Ask each child to keep one sweatshirt or light jacket with him in the car. He can use it to cover up a sloppy outfit before going into a rest stop or pull it on if he wants more comfort.

Step 4

Load a bag with snacks. Keep it within your reach, or stow it in the trunk and pull out a few new items at every stop. Pick low-sugar foods, since you don’t want confined kids on a sugar rush; nutrition expert Joy Bauer suggests string cheese, whole nuts, rice cakes and sliced oranges and apples as tasty low-sugar snacks. Dole out a snack every few hours to keep kids feeling satisfied. Keep a jug of filtered water in a cooler to refill everyone’s water bottles periodically.

Step 5

Give each child a paper bag to fill with books, video games, stuffed animals or handheld devices — including earphones and extra batteries — to keep at his seat. Ask that he pack the rest of his toys in his suitcase to prevent the car from feeling like it’s stuffed with junk. Pick up a few surprises, like new coloring books and handheld travel games, to pull out once you’re on the road.

Step 6

Schedule stops every two to three hours. Insist each child get out of the car during each stop, unless he’s asleep. Lead everyone in a five-minute walk around the rest stop, or pull the car over to an empty corner of the parking lot and lead kids in a quick round of yoga stretches and jumping jacks. Everyone will feel much less antsy once back in the car.

  • Some measure of squabbling is pretty much inevitable when you’re road-tripping with older kids. You might keep some of it at bay by creating a set of rules and clear rewards or punishments tied to those rules. Ask kids for input on reasonable rules, like “No touching each other’s bodies” or “No name-calling allowed.” Make up your own reward system, or try this: award each child a balance of 10 points. Every time a child breaks a rule, he loses a point. The child with the most points at the end of the trip gets a special reward like getting to choose a restaurant at your destination.


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A dog who loves the car will be in heaven on a road trip, but some dogs would prefer to have the comforts of home. When you’re bringing Fido along, his needs have to be at the top of your priority list. Long drives can be uncomfortable for some dogs. Keeping their health and happiness in mind is the best way to reward them for keeping you company.

See the Vet First

If your dog comes to associate road trips with veterinarian visits, it may not be so thrilled to set out on the open road, but a check-up is wise before you leave. Not only can your vet make sure that your dog’s healthy enough for the trip, but he may be able to prescribe some sedatives if your dog gets anxious in the car. Ask for a copy of your dog’s vaccination records, in case any hotels you stop at need to see them. This is also the time to get your dog micro-chipped, if it isn’t already, so that you’ll have better luck getting your dog back if it gets lost on the trip.

Buy Equipment

Don’t let your dog roam loose in the backseat. Not only is this illegal in some states, it’s dangerous and your dog will be uncomfortable being thrown around. Buy a dog seat-belt, a type of harness that attaches to your car’s belts. Pick one that’s padded for your dog’s comfort. Lay blankets on the seat, or bring its favorite pillow or dog bed for it to sit on during the trip. Arrange your dog in the rear passenger seat so that you can see your dog in your rearview window.

Pack Up

Bringing familiar food and toys will keep your dog’s digestive system on track and give it comfort. Toss five or six toys into a bag, along with enough food to last the trip, portable water and food dishes, favorite treats and any other comfort items your dog uses, such as a favorite blanket. You’ll also need plastic waste bags, a collar, a leash and any medications. The ASPCA recommends giving your dog a small meal three to four hours before leaving, and bringing your own bottled water for it to drink. Not all tap water is the same, and drinking different water can make your dog sick.

Be Attentive on the Road

As adorable as a dog looks with its head out the window, it’s not safe. Keep the windows closest to your dog rolled up or cracked an inch or two. Your dog will likely be warmer than you, so in summer months pull on a sweatshirt and turn the air conditioning on with vents pointed toward the back of the car. Stop every two hours so that dog can walk around and go to the bathroom. Use maps or a GPS to find local parks when you stop; your dog will get more exercise there than in a rest stop parking lot. Give your dog water on every stop and keep to a normal feeding schedule. Give your dog plenty of belly rubs and affection during stops, and talk to your dog while you drive. Whatever you do, never leave your dog alone in the car, especially with the windows rolled up because it can get overheated in minutes.


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How to Be Comfortable on a Long Car Ride As a Passenger

What to Wear on a Road Trip

When traveling for long distances in a car it can be a little difficult to decide what would be the best outfit to wear on a road trip. You want to look cute but still be comfortable, and of course, depending the time of year, and how long you will be in the car will determine the type of clothes you end of wearing. Or you might need multiple road trip outfits because you trip will span across multiple days! Did someone say cross-country road trip?

If you have a road trip approaching and are wondering what to wear on a road trip to not only look stylish but be comfortable as well this post is for you! I have taken many road trips over the years and these are six quick style tips that I always follow when putting together road trip outfits!

6 Style Tips for Road Trip Outfits

How to Be Comfortable on a Long Car Ride As a Passenger

Wear Comfortable Shoes

I love high heels and wedges as much as the next gal but when most of your time will be in a car you need shoes that you can easily take on and off and be comfortable walking in to quickly explore an area.

When Peter and I go on road trips we usually research locations we want to stop along the way to our destination. We quickly pull over and explore the area, take a few photos and continue on our way. Usually, we run across the road for the photo or go on a little hike so comfortable shoes are key.

In addition to exploring beautiful areas, opting for flats, slip ons, or sneakers makes it easy to slip your shoes on and off and you’re also not super worried if they get thrown around in the car. As road trips go, you usually have a bag full of snacks on the floor and if you take off your shoes they will usually get thrown to the trunk or pushed under the seat.

In summer road trips wear flats or sneakers. My favorite style of flats to wear are Tieks. I love this brand for several reasons but the reason I like wearing these flats on road trips is because they fold and come in a little pouch that you can throw in your travel tote or large handbag. When you need them just pull them out and slip them on for a cute road trip outfit.

If you prefer sneakers, personally I don’t prefer running or athletic sneakers. I like more casual and everyday sneakers as they make for nicer road trip outfits. For example, these New Balance ‘574’ Sneaker, Naturalizer Morrison Sneaker, or Cole Hann Wingtip Sneaker are great options. Each sneaker is stylish yet comfortable.

If you need some ideas on what to wear in the summer take a look at look at this summer outfits guide.

Wear Layers

Depending on the time of year you are traveling you might need to wear warmer clothes but one thing to always keep-in-mind is layers. If you get too warm remove a layer, if it gets chilly; add on your long sleeve, sweater, or jacket.

In this road trip outfit, I am wearing a thin boyfriend tee and a button-down long sleeve shirt. This was a road trip I took in March along the California coast, so pretty much pretty weather but a little fresh so I love having the option to freely add or remove a layer.

For warmer weather, you could also layer, a tank top with a denim jacket.

If the temperature is very cold during your road trip consider wearing a warm vest as a layer. This is a winter road trip outfit I wore while exploring Colorado National Monument. I will layer a cute vest over a sweater and if it snows I would add a large coat over, as I did in this winter road trip outfit. I love vests as an option because they keep you warm without being too bulky.

How to Be Comfortable on a Long Car Ride As a Passenger

Leggings Over Denim (Or Shorts for Summer)

I want to be comfortable while sitting in the car for hours so I opt for leggings instead of jeans or trousers. This way I can cross my legs and blog on my laptop if I want to. Black is better for leggings than any other color. Not only do they look slimming but they hide the occasional stain caused by road trip snacks.

Leggings work great for winter, fall, and spring road trips. If you’re on a summer road trip wear comfortable shorts. Again, nothing too tight or denim. Instead, opt for drawstring shorts, these Drawstring Waist Chambray Shorts are the perfect example or these Pull-On Shorts by Madewell are another great option for a comfortable road trip outfit.

These style of shorts are also great if you’re wearing a bathing suit underneath. Maybe you’re doing a California beach road trip and you want to jump into the ocean as soon as you arrive, well these shorts are easy to take on and off.

If you want to know what you can and can’t wear with leggings and how to create a variety of outfits with the same black leggings read: What to Wear with Leggings & 20 Style Tips on How to Wear Them.

Bring a Travel Tote or Large Handbag

A little clutch for a road trip just won’t do. A large handbag is what you need to bring with you on a road trip to hold all of your necessities. Makeup for touch-ups or extra hair ties, hand sanitizer and of course mints and snacks.

In my handbag, I carry with me a few essentials: phone, face powder, Chapstick, Kleenex, notebook, pen, iPad mini, wallet, sunglasses, sunscreen, hand sanitizer, gum, hair ties, and bobby pins. These are the items I need in to have within arm’s reach and not in a suitcase in the trunk.

How to Be Comfortable on a Long Car Ride As a Passenger


Again, long hours in a car can be hard on you, at times it is hard one me, so I bring a handy pair of sunglasses to cover my tired eyes. As with long flights, sunglasses are an item you don’t want to forget.

Sunglasses can hide your tiredness immediately and if you’re spending hours under the glaring sun make sure to protect those eyes! Sunglasses don’t only make you look cooler, sunglasses prevent wrinkles.

Wear Your Hair Up

There is no way to keep my hair full of life after three-plus hours in a car, windows rolled down or not. To not be bothered by my hairs lack of bounce I always wear it up.

Wear your hair in a bun or in a ponytail, whichever looks cutest with your road trip outfit. This will keep you looking cute even with the seven-plus hours you’ve spent road-trippin’ it and singing Californication at the top of your lungs.

Comfortable Stylish Clothes for Road Trips

There you have it, quick and easy style tips for stylish road trip outfits. I hope this post has helped you determine what to wear on a road trip so you can enjoy the ride and still look cute in photos.

If you need help on specific outfits or have other questions on how to look stylish while traveling, make sure to leave me a comment below!

How to Be Comfortable on a Long Car Ride As a Passenger

It’s no secret that most cats hate car rides. During their lives, most cats only take occasional car trips. Car rides are often just to the veterinarian, leaving the cat with a negative impression of the car. Plus, people don’t tend to take their cats on car rides very often, so they may never get used to the feeling of it.

If short trips are stressful for your cat, then long trips will probably be worse. If you are planning a long car trip with your cat, you may feel overwhelmed and worried, especially if you know your cat gets stressed out in the car. While you may never be able to get your cat to love car rides, you might be able to get him used to them enough to reduce his stress.

How to Get Your Cat Used to the Car

Chances are your cat associates car rides with vet visits. Most cats get very stressed at the vet, so this association can make car rides dreadful for everyone. Don’t let this keep you from taking your cat to the vet for annual or biannual check-ups. Instead, start practicing the routine of a car until your cat starts to relax. This process can eventually reduce the stress associated with car trips.

First, begin leaving your cat carrier out with the door open so your cat can explore it. Put a soft bed or blanket inside along with a favorite toy and/or some extra tasty treats. Don’t close your cat inside yet, just let him get used to it. Offer additional treats if he gets to the point where he is willing to remain in the carrier for a few minutes. If your cat is worried about the carrier, consider spraying the inside with a feline pheromone like Feliway to promote a sense of calm. However, do not directly spray your cat with pheromones. You can also try putting some catnip inside the carrier if this is something your cat enjoys.

Next, practice closing your cat in the carrier as if you are about to go for a car ride. Pick up the carrier and walk around with it. Afterward, let your cat out and offer valuable treats. Increase the length of time you walk around with your cat in the carrier. Once your cat starts to relax, try bringing the carrier out to the car, but don’t go anywhere.

Then, add small trips to nowhere. Take a ride around the house, then bring your cat back home and let him out of the carrier. Once again, offer plenty of yummy treats.

Gradually increase the length of car trips without using your cat too far. If your cat is vocalizing loudly or panting, then the trips became too long too quickly. Slow down the process and see if your cat adjusts.

Preparing for a Long Trip

If you plan to take a longer trip, perhaps a few hours or more, then it’s best to get your cat ready in advance.

Before the actual trip, be sure to get some things together. Make sure your cat is wearing a collar or harness with identification. A microchip is also important in case your cat gets loose or lost and the collar or harness falls off. Make a list of emergency vets along the way in case your cat becomes ill.

The night before travel, put your cat in a small room with the carrier, a litter box, food, and water. This will make it easier to get your cat in the carrier the next day. Plus, it can help your cat adjust to a smaller space.

If the trip is more than two or three hours long, then your cat will need a break. Bring a litter pan, food, and water along with you on the trip. Take a break every two or three hours so your cat can relax, eat and drink, and use the litter box.

What to Do If Your Cat Won’t Get Used to the Car

Some cats will never be able to calm down for car rides, despite your best efforts. These cats may benefit from calming supplements and/or medications. Talk to your vet about the best options for your cat.

Nutritional supplements like Solliquin can help your cat relax without the use of pharmaceutical medications. Test this out in advance before you venture out for a long trip.

If supplements are ineffective, then it might be time to try a stronger medication. Sedation may be the best option for the most anxious cats.

When You Arrive at your Destination

Whether you are moving to a new home or taking your cat on vacation, be aware that your cat needs time to adjust to his new environment. Gradually introduce your cat to his new space until he feels comfortable. Be patient as this can take time.

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Hitting the wide open road for a long vacation brings excitement and the promise of adventure. If you’re not well-prepared for the journey, however, the experience can turn into one filled with feelings of boredom and regret. Pack a small bag with items of amusement and necessity and leave it in the car. Having these items at arm’s reach means you won’t have to stop frequently to pull things out of your suitcase in the trunk.

Food and Drinks

Whether you’re driving or just a passenger, stave off hunger and thirst by packing plenty of snacks and drinks for the trip. Fill a small cooler with healthy items like bottled water, fruit and cut-up veggies. Try to avoid anything too sugary, as that may send your energy level crashing later on. You should also skip salty treats, like chips or pretzels, as they can make you thirsty and, subsequently, may add to your number of bathroom stops. Don’t forget to include wipes and napkins on your check list, as these items can help keep the mess in your car to a minimum. Make sure you bring a travel-size bottle of hand sanitizer that you can use prior to eating. You can store the small bottle in the glove compartment.


It is important to feel comfortable while on a long road trip. Remember to dress in layers, as your opinion of cold or warm temperatures may vary drastically from those of your car mates. Pack socks and a sweater or sweatshirt in case you get cold in the car. Protect yourself from the scorching sun by wearing sunscreen, lip balm and sunglasses even while inside the car. If you have very sensitive skin, bring a light towel or thin blanket to cover your arms or legs from excessive sun exposure. Make certain you pack all your necessary prescription medication and over-the-counter drugs, such as aspirin and anti-diarrhea medications. If you experience circulatory issues, particularly when sitting for long periods, wear a pair of compression socks while in the car. If you want to sleep while on the road, bring a mini pillow for added comfort and an MP3 player with ear buds to block outside noise.


Make time fly by staying entertained in the car. As a passenger, you can bring a bevy of reading materials to keep you distracted, including magazines, books or digital readers. Pack some of your favorites from your film library, viewable on a portable DVD player. You can also play games on your tablet or smart phone; just make sure you include a car charger so your electronic devices don’t die before you’ve reached your destination. For a bit more human interaction, try your hand at a travel-sized board game as you challenge your fellow travelers to some old-fashioned fun. Just remember, if you’re sensitive to such activities while in a moving car, make certain to include a bottle of motion sickness pills for the ride.

Capturing Memories

It’s important to remember that a trip is not just about your final destination but the journey you take to get there. Grab a notepad and keep a detailed account of your adventures from the comfort of your car while traveling as a passenger. You can also use a digital camera or recorder to capture precious moments while on your road trip, particularly of your travel buddies and the surrounding landscape. You can even turn the experience into a game of Digital Camera Safari. The game starts when you and your mates come up with a unique list of items such as funny road signs or weird bumper stickers. At the end of the day, you can compare pictures and decide who among you took the best or funniest pictures.

Amenities for the Driver

Take extra caution when driving long distances alone. Before you leave on your trip, double check the trunk to make certain you have a spare tire, jack and tire iron in case of a flat or blow out. A rain poncho comes in handy should you have to change a tire in adverse weather conditions. Make certain you have a flashlight and road flares in case of an accident as well. An old-fashioned map or road atlas is fine when you have a travel mate, otherwise, stick with a GPS that can read directions aloud to you. In terms of safety, keep your phone readily equipped with its hands-free device should you need to take a call while driving. Store your favorite music on any player device to keep you entertained as well. Bring caffeinated drinks to help stay awake but don’t rely on them solely. Check into a hotel for the night if you feel you’re getting too tired.


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A travel writer since 2002, Leah Rendon has written countless articles for online pop-culture magazines and various travel-related websites, including Eurobooking and World66. Gosford also has experience in copywriting, having developed a series of articles related to network marketing. She graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a degree in theater arts.

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Whether you are traveling alone and need to pull over for a quick rest or camping out in a rural area, knowing how to properly make camp in your car is an invaluable skill. Sleeping in your car, in general, is not advised. A car provides only a basic level of security, and the windows leave the occupants fairly exposed in most instances.

However, being in a car does have its advantages. If you ever feel uncomfortable, you can start it up and drive away. It also provides a great shelter from the rain. The key to making a suitable bed inside of your car is to make something that can be packed up quickly once you wake up so you can resume your journey. The right technique depends on the layout of the seats.

Part 1 of 3: Prepping your car to camp

Step 1: Take note of any materials in your car. Take inventory of any materials around the car that can be used for either making a bed or covering the windows. This includes spare articles of clothing (coats and sweaters work best), towels, and blankets.

Step 2: Cover the windows. To add a little extra privacy, the windshield and windows can be covered from the inside.

The windshield can be covered with a sunshade or similar. Note that a semi-rigid material like this must be held in place by folding the visors forward.

Towels, blankets, or articles of clothing can be inserted into the top of the windows by rolling them down slightly then rolling them up carefully so that they hold the material in place.

  • Tip: Don’t cover the windows or windshield from the outside. If there is any sort of threat outside of the vehicle, it is important to be able to drive off without having to exit the vehicle.

Step 3: Lock up your car. Lock all of the doors and the trunk. In cars with automatic locks, locking the doors should also automatically lock the trunk. In cars with manual locks, make sure the trunk is locked before making camp inside of the car.

Step 4: Turn off the engine. Sleeping in or around a running vehicle is extremely dangerous, so don’t even consider going to sleep until the engine is shut off.

You may use electronics as long as you can keep an eye on the level of charge in the battery. If you do not have a gauge for the power level left in the battery, use electronics sparingly. Using the vents to bring in fresh air or heat, assuming the engine is still warm, is a good alternative to opening the windows if the weather conditions don’t allow for an open window.

In extremely cold weather, the engine has to be run to use the heater, so run the engine in short bursts, but only when necessary. Stop the engine as soon as it reaches an acceptable temperature.

Warning: Make sure you are taking in fresh air while doing this and not circulating the air in the cabin. There is a chance that exhaust fumes could leak in while the engine was running with the car parked.

Tip: A car battery booster can be used both as a portable power source and as an emergency booster if the car battery dies. If you camp overnight in your car often, it’s a good idea to take one with you.

Part 2 of 3: Sleeping in bucket seats

Step 1: Lean the seat back. The first thing you have to do when preparing to sleep on a bucket seat is lean the seat back as far back as it can go, making it as close to horizontal as you can.

Most seats can at least be adjusted to lean back, but more complex seats can have over a dozen different directions in which they can be adjusted.

If the lower part of the seat can be adjusted, move it in a way that will allow your back to rest in a relaxed position while you sleep.

Step 2: Cover the seat. Cover the seat in any fabric available to help with cushioning and insulation. A blanket works best for this, but if you only have one blanket available then it is more useful to cover yourself with that and cover the seat in towels or sweatshirts.

The most cushioning is needed around your head and neck, so it is important to either use a pillow or fashion an adequate cushion prior to sleeping.

Step 3: Cover yourself. The last step before drifting off to sleep is to cover yourself with something to provide warmth. Your body temperature drops while you sleep, so it is important to be adequately warm throughout the night.

A sleeping bag is optimal, but a normal blanket works fine as well. Try to wrap the blanket completely around yourself while sleeping, taking extra care to cover your feet.

In a pinch, you may be completely unprepared to camp and may not have a blanket handy. Just make something into a pillow and make the clothing on your body as insulating as possible. Zip up sweaters and/or jackets, and pull up socks and tuck pants into them if the temperature is low.

Part 3 of 3: Sleeping on a bench seat

Step 1: Repeat Part 2, Steps 2-3. Sleeping on a bench seat is the exact same as sleeping on a bucket seat except for two things:

  • You cannot stretch out fully.
  • The surface is basically flat. Because of this, a good pillow or other head support is crucial.

Step 2: Position yourself as best you can. On a bench seat, only the most spatially-efficient motorists can lay stretched out. The rest end up scrunched up in an awkward position. Save yourself the pain and trouble; focus on keeping your back level and your head supported when drifting off to sleep.

  • Tip: If any limb begins to “fall asleep” while going to sleep, then you need to change your position until the circulation to that limb improves. Otherwise you risk waking up to more aches and pains than you went to sleep with.

In the end, if you need to sleep or camp in your car, be sure to do so in a way that ensures safety, privacy, and the optimal use of the materials at hand for comfort. While sleeping in your car may not be ideal, with this guide, you should be able to make it work in a pinch.

For times when you find you need to live in your car for a period of time, or even just for an extended camping trip, see our other article, How to Live in Your Car for a Short Time, for further information.

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I have a great pryenees (a large dog) and we are taking him on a 12 hour trip overnight to buffalo, ny. We r gong to leave at 12am and we are hoping that he will sleep rite thro it. He loves the car but he has never been that far before. We often take him 45 mins to the vet and the park. We are leaving tonite and hav packed all his toys, his bed, and some treats (and ofcourse the essentials, water, food, leash, etc) . We r just wondering if there is anything else that we can do to keep him comfortable. We have rented a minivan and plan for him to lay down in he middle between the seats. Thx 🙂

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We took our dog on a 12 hour ride and he did great. We also rented a minivan, which worked out very well because there was room for everyone. My dog loves car rides too, but we were still worried about how he would do on such a long ride. All of our worrying was for nothing though, because he just slept the whole way there. We went during the day and he slept, so I am sure since you are leaving in the night he will be just fine. He should be fine just give him a spot to lay down and stop every few hours for a bathroom break. I love great pyrenees, they are such sweet dogs. Good luck!

P.S. They do sell medications for long car rides like this, but it deffinately doesn’t sound like you need them. Usually only people with anxious dogs, who don’t like car rides give their dogs this medication. We didn’t give our dog any medicine and he did great.

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each and every canine i be responsive to, until frightened of the automobile action, loves driving interior the automobile. they look out the window and then ultimately calm down on the seat or floor to sleep. i might propose a pooch seatbelt to maintain them from being flung in case you may make a unexpected stop yet a cage works to. Plan to make a minimum of two stops on your holiday, on the grounds that this would be a often happening holiday.

You can purchase tablets that will relax your dog. They won’t harm him at all and you should be able to get them at any pet store. Have fun.

If you look at the range of motoring magazines on sale in your local newsagents, you’ll see dozens of titles and headlines that mention the words ‘Fast’, ‘Performance’ or ‘Sports’. Today’s enthusiastic motorist is extremely well catered for when it comes to exercising their inner racing driver, but what if you want a car that soothes you, rather than quickening your pulse?

‘Comfy Car’ is not a magazine title you’ll see on newsagents’ racks any time soon, but there are actually many cars on the market that would deserve to feature in such a publication. Some canny manufacturers realise that not everybody wants to dart from one corner to the next, and so offer cars that concentrate on comfort rather than being sidetracked by sportiness.

Don’t be under the impression that a smooth ride has to mean corners can’t be taken confidently, though. Even if a car can’t thrill its driver with race-car cornering precision, very few of the cars you can buy today feel unstable or unwieldy. Most are still perfectly competent through bends and many still provide as much entertainment as a less demanding driver will want. You don’t have to take things to the limit to have a good time.

A genuinely comfortable ride isn’t the exclusive preserve of cost-no-object limousines, either. There are plenty of affordable small cars that can relax their occupants on a long journey, and a family car that can do that is far more likely to trigger sleep in younger occupants, putting an end to noisy bickering from the back seats.

Here’s our list of 10 most comfortable cars you can buy today.

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When you love your dog, you want to take your pet with you wherever you go. Even if it means driving in the car. Although many dogs look forward to riding in the car, other dogs dread the experience and whine, drool, or even vomit. This can be due to motion sickness, a previous bad event in the car like an accident, or anxiety about being trapped inside a giant, moving machine. A dog can even be put off car trips if the usual destination is somewhere unpleasant like the vet. If your dog isn’t happy in the car, it can make everybody else miserable too. Teach your dog to ride in the car calmly and comfortably so your travel companion becomes a first-rate passenger.

Teach Your Dog to Love the Car

Although it’s easiest to prevent car problems in new puppies, any dog can be taught to associate the car with wonderful things using desensitization and counter-conditioning. Desensitization is a step-by-step method of gradually introducing your dog to the car. Counter-conditioning changes your dog’s emotional response from negative to positive by having great stuff happen near and inside the car.

Depending on how severely your dog reacts, you might have to teach your dog to ride in the car starting ten feet away while the car is parked in the driveway. Or maybe you can start with your dog on the back seat. The trick is to find the point where your dog is comfortable and relaxed then slowly move closer and closer. At each stage of the process, give your dog something beloved like a special toy, delicious treats, or a meal. You can even play games together or have a trick training session. Anything goes if it helps your dog link the car with food and fun. Only move closer when your dog is completely relaxed at the current stage. If your dog stops eating or playing, you’ve moved too fast. Simply take a step or two backward until your dog relaxes then start again. You might be inside the car in minutes, or it might take weeks. Be patient and move at your dog’s pace.

Now it’s time to add the other elements that precede a drive. For example, sitting in the driver’s seat, closing the doors, or making the remote locks beep. Again, pair each step with something wonderful. Toss treats in the back seat or play tug-of-war together. Remember, dogs should be safely secured in a moving car, so incorporate a crate or car harness attached to a seat belt into your dog training routine. To teach your dog to ride in the car, your final step should be turning the car on and off. Don’t go anywhere yet, just let your dog associate the sound of the engine with food, fun, and games.

Teach Your Dog to Enjoy Riding in the Car

Now that your dog looks forward to getting in the car, you can add motion to the mix. Start with incredibly short distances, like the end of the driveway and back. Continue to build the time spent driving by short increments. Just as you did before, make every trip as pleasant as possible. Praise your dog while you drive and use encouraging cheerful banter. If you can enlist a helper to ride beside your dog and give positive rewards as you travel, even better. When you start venturing away from home, choose destinations you know your dog will enjoy. For example, drive to the park a few blocks away or the woods outside of your neighborhood. Get out and let your dog play and explore before returning home.

In no time, your dog should look forward to car trips because the drive itself is enjoyable and the destinations are fun. Of course, after you teach your dog to ride in the car, not all your destinations will be pleasant. Trips to the vet or groomer may be stressful. Be sure those destinations are few and far between and when they are necessary, always take toys or treats to sweeten the deal.

Prevent Dog Motion Sickness

Puppies are more likely than adult dogs to get sick in the car, but many will grow out of their motion sickness as they mature. For those who don’t, fortunately, the steps above can help your dog become accustomed to a moving car. But if an upset stomach from motion sickness or anxiety still bothers your dog, here are a few tips to help ease your dog’s tummy:

  • Keep the temperature inside the car cool.
  • Lower the windows for fresh air.
  • Limit your dog’s food and water for a few hours before the trip.
  • Consult your vet about motion sickness medication or anti-anxiety medication.
  • Exercise your dog about twenty minutes before your trip to decrease stress.
  • Spray dog pheromones in the car. Available as collars, diffusers, and sprays, these pheromones mimic the odor of a nursing mother dog and relax even adult dogs.
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We are traveling from NYC to West Palm Beach (non-stop), then to Key West (Florida) from then and then to Miami and Orlando, and then to Savannah, GA, and back to NYC. So we will be spending a lot of time in a car. What would be the most comfortable car to rent? Two adult passengers total – no children.

My personal preference is a mid-size vehicle. A compact car feels less safe IMO if involved in an accident and an SUV eats too much gas. Some people don’t like cars that sit low to the ground though that doesn’t bother me.

Hi I’ve done a ton of renting for both work and vacations including some really long drives. The Nissan Maxima Premium Class, Chrysler 300 and Ford Explorer Standard Elite Class SUV have been really good go to options for me. For the distance you guys are traveling, you’re going to want features like LED lighting, Ventilated Seats, Leather Plush Interior and other features that are important to you guys. The above vehicles are good options and have worked for me. If you guys can get a deal on an infinit that would be good as well. A lot of value for the money. Let us know how your trip works out and what you decided on for a car! Have a great trip!

Wouldn’t it depend on the size and shape of the driver? I am sure what’s comfortable for Shaque O’Neal would not be comfortable for me.

if you have a really good budget Avis has the Signature Series that has some sweets rides for the long haul.

You may want to take turns sleeping on that trip. A full size, or SUV with seats that go all the way back might be a great idea.

Is any vehicle going to be comfortable on a 20 hour non stop drive? I sure hope the 2 adults are sharing the driving, but even so?

As said, Hertz and some other rental companies have a luxury or premium collection range (names vary) which offer cars with better seats, more gadgets and a wider choice than the more general categories. Also, in general, you get that specific model of car. Otherwise, you end up in booking by category so the actual vehicle you get you is neither guaranteed, nor, in some case, do you get any choice.

Being you are in NYC, you may want to take a look at the cars offered at the LaGuardia airports Enterprise location.

Something in a 4 door sedan, made in Japan, should be a good may also want to consider if the chairs fully recline, and if there is enough back seat room for road trip necessities.

I like full size or luxury cars for road trips. I have rented the Toyota Avalon, the Nissan Altima, Infinity q60. All are good choices.

You may pay a little more over an economy, but it is worth it.

Have you considered flying to Florida, and renting a trip car when you arrive? You are looking at driving about 3000 miles round-trip.

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Getting a new puppy is a really exciting time! One of the first experiences your puppy will share with you is the car ride home. Bringing a puppy home for the first time can be scary if not handled well; follow these tips and your new puppy will have the best experience possible.

If you’re bringing a puppy home, you’ll first want to start getting things ready at your house. If possible it’s best to schedule a time when you’ll be able to be around the house for a few days to get get your pup adjusted to its new environment. A long weekend is a great time to do this. You won’t want to have too many people around or much on your schedule that will take you away from home.

How to Be Comfortable on a Long Car Ride As a Passenger

Home Prep

Clean – Before bringing your new dog home, make sure to clean up a bit. They’re going to want to explore everything in their new environment. Their natural approach to examining will be to pick or chew objects that are sitting around. Everything can be a toy! Hide your shoes and other things they might grab.

Remove harmful substances – As you’re cleaning put away any chemicals you might have. If you have oil or fertilizers in the garage put them away. Anything with a smell will be particularly interesting.

Check your yard – Don’t forget to check your yard for any hazards, toys, plants or other things you don’t want your pup chewing on.

Shopping for a New Puppy

You’ll want to be able to head straight home with your puppy, so go out ahead of time and get the supplies you’ll need at home. If you just read our new puppy checklist you should be set, but if not here are some things to consider:

  • Food (dry puppy food usually, check and see what they are currently eating)
  • A crate (see crate tips below)
  • Food and water bowls
  • Toys to chew
  • Rawhide, treats, etc
  • A collar & leash
  • Paper towels
  • Pet odor neutralizer / cleaner – (I like Nature’s Miracle brand)
  • Poop bags

Once you have everything take a quick walk through your house and make sure everything is ‘puppy proofed’. New pups can be chewers and you’ll want to make sure they don’t get ahold of anything they shouldn’t.

Crate Options

There are two primary options for a dog crate: wire & plastic. I’d lean more toward a plastic crate for a small dog & a wire one for a large dog… but either works, check out the advantages:

Wire (check out size options here):

  • folds flat (especially important if you buy a large crate & don’t have a truck)
  • cheaper, especially at large sizes ($20 – $60)
  • fast setup / takedown
  • usually comes with an extra panel so you can size the crate to the dog instead of having to buy a new one if you continue using the crate as your dog grows

Plastic (check out size options here):

  • bulkier to transport
  • more expensive ($30-$200)
  • easier to carry for small dogs
  • more darkness/privacy
  • nicer looking

Picking up Your Puppy

When you head to pick up your puppy you’ll want to bring along some treats, something to chew, a blanket/towel, the leash & collar, poop bags and cleaning supplies (in case there is an accident). If you can, bring someone with you to keep the puppy occupied while you drive. Ideally your pup would be able to take this ride out of his crate under someone’s supervision, but if not, you can crate them.

When you pick them up make sure you’ve got all the paperwork and know what the current feeding schedule is and type of food being used. Often you can get a sample of their current food to continue feeding him or integrate with the new food they will be eating. Make sure they aren’t being fed right before you head out to help avoid any sickness.

Before you put your pup in the car, it’s a good idea to take them for a walk to tire them out a bit for the ride and to let the go to the bathroom. When you put on a new collar make sure it’s tight enough so it doesn’t slip over their head. It may seem tight at first, but having just 2 fingers able to fit when it’s around their neck is a good measure.

Bringing a Puppy Home – The First Car Ride

If you can, have the puppy sit in the back seat with someone else. You can encourage them to get in the car by putting a treat in there. You want to make the experience as pleasurable as possible so they are comfortable going on car rides in the future. Barking or crying is normal for a pup on this new experience, and you should reassure them calmly. Don’t reenforce their fear by becoming overly excited or overly affectionate. Your passenger can hold them in a blanket or you can set them on a blanket on the seat to protect your car. If they’re uncomfortable, you can put them between the seats on the floor (it’s more like a den to them). Also you can give them something to chew.

If you’re taking your puppy for a long drive you can stop along the way to walk them and let them go to the bathroom, but don’t stop at a highway rest stop or park. You’re puppy probably hasn’t been vaccinated and you won’t want them to go where lots of other dogs have been to the bathroom to keep them healthy.

Once you’re at home make sure to bring your puppy outside so they can go to the bathroom, and remember to be calm and comforting. Let your puppy explore their new environment at their own pace.

Here’s a video from Doggy Dan showing his puppy’s first ride home and covering some of these tips for bringing a puppy home:

Now that you’ve got your puppy home you’ll want to get them on a schedule and begin to establish yourself as their new pack leader and start in on training.

Long road trips can be a blast—or they can be boring, exhausting endeavors. Here’s how, with a bit of preparation , you can make sure you survive your trip with your sanity intact .

How to Plan the Perfect Road Trip

It’s that time of the year again: time to pack your friends or family in the car and hit the open…

Quora user Jon Mixon offers some advice for traveling alone, with your significant other, and with coworkers.

When You’re Traveling Alone

  1. Set a limit to how many hours that you will drive that day and stick to it. I will only drive 10-12 hours a day maximum during winter and 12-14 during summer (as there’s more daylight). I don’t care for driving alone at night. Even if I make better time than expected, I will not drive any farther in a single day.
  2. Choose the music that you want to listen to before you leave. If you don’t want to hear it, don’t bring it (or create your playlist ahead of time), as it will distract you while you are driving.
  3. Stop at truck stops, not rest areas. Most truck stops have bathrooms, food, drinks, medicine, a place to eat, gas, auto supplies, a restaurant (or at least fast food) etc. Rest stops have. bathrooms. Also, rest stops are often isolated, which might feel less safe if you are a lone traveler.
  4. Buy an extra cell phone car charger and keep it in your glove box. Trust me, you are eventually going to forget your charger and having one that is always available can (literally) be a lifesaver.
  5. Stretch every time that you stop. Riding in most cars for hours isn’t comfortable, so every time that you stop, stretch your legs, arms, and back. They’ll thank you for it.
  6. Get AAA (If you are in the United States or Canada). For $50-125 a year, it will be the best investment that you can make, especially when you’re traveling alone. From the maps and travel guides they offer, to the discounts that you can get a hotels/motels to the three to four free tows per year (up to 100 miles—the total number depends upon which package you choose), if you drive frequently it’s a great value.
  7. Drive with comfortable, hard-soled shoes or boots on. Seriously. Whether or not bare feet or flip flops are “more comfortable,” if you are in an accident, your feet will be lacerated and possibly even amputated without adequate protection. Also, if your vehicle breaks down and you have to walk, having shoes on will make walking much easier.
  8. Take three flashlights of varying sizes and batteries for all three. While I don’t recommend that you drive at night if you don’t have to, it’s better to have several lighting options for a host of reasons rather than just your car.
  9. Take at least 2-3 days worth of food (dried or easy open cans) and a case of water with you, in addition to your normal road trip food. This will easily fit into your trunk or rear storage area and it may prove to be a lifesaver to you if you find yourself in an unexpected situation. High energy foods (proteins and carbs) are the best. Don‘t worry about your diet; this could potentially be a matter of survival that trumps any diet that you are on.

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When You’re Traveling as a Couple

If you’re traveling with a significant other, the above tips still come into play, along with the following:

  1. If you are angry before your trip, work it out before you go. Being angry will distract one or both of you, which will make the drive truly awful (not to mention distractions while driving can be fatal).
  2. Bring music/audiobooks/podcasts/etc. that either you both like or that you can at least tolerate. Nothing ruins a trip (and distracts you) like arguing over what you are going to listen to while on a long drive. The idea is to have a fun, safe trip and get where you are going in one piece.
  3. No shortcuts. I know that they are tempting, but shortcuts can easily turn into “long-cuts” or they can cause arguments which may distract you while driving. Unless your “shortcut” is a well-lit interstate or four lane highway, just stick to major roads.
  4. Stop when one of you wants to. It’s foolish to get angry that one person wants or needs to stop more than you do. Unless they want to see everything along the way (which is something that you should work out before you make the trip), if they ask or hint that a stop is good, then stop.
  5. Decide on who is going to drive where before you leave. Unless your partner cannot drive, it makes no sense for a single person to drive the entirety of a lengthy trip. Split it up evenly ahead of time and you’ll both have time to relax.
  6. Keep your driving “advice” to yourself. Nagging or correcting someone who is driving isn’t helpful, and it only gets more annoying on a long trip. Of course, if you are scared of the person’s driving abilities, perhaps traveling by bus, train, or airplane is a better option.
  7. If there’s a subject that usually provokes disputes, avoid it. Do you really want to be stuck in a vehicle for hours with a person who you are angry with or who is angry with you?
  8. If your companion is ill or tired, stop. You are going to arrive at your destination when you get there. No sooner. No later. No point in potentially ruining a nice trip by pushing things too much. Stop either for a while or for the night and continue on again later.
  9. Make your reservations before you leave. You have a rough idea (barring issues with your vehicle, illness, and the weather) of how long it will take to get your destination. Call ahead, have the motel/hotel reserve a room for you and then you’ll be able to rest (and not argue) when you get your destination. Never assume that there will “some place” that has rooms. That usually does not work in your favor.
  10. Stay in the nicest place that you can afford. You aren’t saving money if you stay in a place where people are partying, where your car gets broken into, where you are concerned about walking out to your car at night or where the police can be found outside questioning someone. If that means you have to part with a few extra dollars, then so be it.

When You’re Traveling with Coworkers

Lastly, when you’re traveling with co-workers, include all of the above tips as well as:

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When driving in your car, you can concentrate fully only if you are correctly positioned, well located and at the right distance from the controls. A common mistake, especially among new drivers, is to sit too close to the wheel in what is termed the ‘sit up and beg’ position – so named because as well as having the elbows bent, the driver’s wrists also have to be bent.

Seating position

The ideal seating position is with the arms almost straight and the hands holding on the steering wheel rim at ‘ten-to-two’. But for people with long arms, this can mean having to move the seat back so far that the feet can scarcely reach the pedals. Some cars have adjustable steering columns which can bring the wheel closer, or you can change the wheel to bring the rim closer (see sideline overleaf).

Being the correct distance from the pedals is also important for comfortable, relaxed driving. It should be possible to adjust the seat so that your legs are extended, without having them so straight that you can’t push the clutch pedal to the floor without stretching. Most modern car seats offer fore and aft adjustment for this, plus an adjustable backrest angle and sometimes height adjustment too.

Finding the ideal driving position

Seat runners

Some car seats do not have enough rearward adjustment to accommodate especially tall people.

In these cases you can mount the seat runners further back (look for alternative holes on the floor or seat frame , or drill new holes to bolt the seat to) or buy a bracket set from your dealer to relocate the seat.

The bracket sets move the seat backwards on the runners, so the runners need not be moved.


The handwheel type of backrest control gives very fine adjustment, but many cars feature instead a release lever to unlock the backrest, with adjustment from one notch to the next. Very often the position that would give the most comfort lies between notches. If this happens, try moving the seat slightly backwards or forwards.

Drivers vary considerably in their body height and, luckily, more and more cars are now featuring height-adjustable front seats. It’s a good idea to check the height before setting the other seat adjustments.

Different types of height adjustment are used. Luxury cars may have a joystick or rocker switch that controls electric servo motors to adjust the seat. Less expensive models may have a rotary control with a folding handle beneath the front of the seat. Another commonly used system has a telescopic lever control beside the seat – you pull the lever out first, then pull it back to raise the seat.

Some less expensive cars have a type of height adjustment that pivots to raise the front of the seat but also changes the angle of the rear cushion. However, it is usually possible to modify the height of the fixed pivot by inserting spacers or wedges , so that both height and angle can be correct. This modification can also be used on seats that do not adjust for height at all.


Good shaping of the seat and firm upholstery is vital for sustained comfort on a long journey. For example, as cars corner faster and generate more sideways forces , seats are being made with improved side bolsters to hold the occupants in.

Another big improvement in the design of car seats is the increased support given to the small of the back. Older seats tended to have support in the shoulder area, but none below, so that the occupant slumped down and forward in the seat. If your seat doesn’t have enough support in the centre of the back lumbar padding – you can get a special lumbar support cushion from an accessory shop.


Finally, remember that airflow is needed through the car at all times, otherwise the build-up of stale air will make the occupants, including the driver, drowsy.

Consumer Reports testers find the smoothest rides from test-track and commuting experiences

Luxury cars are expected to be a cut above in comfort, convenience, and performance. Among the defining attributes is a refined ride that isolates passengers from unpleasant bumps and vibrations.

Consumer Reports testers found that the usual high-end luxury suspects (think BMW 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class) still have the smoothest rides. But several midsized luxury sedans made our list below, and without the six-figure prices.

CR also rates some mainstream models as offering a high-end ride, including the Chevrolet Impala and Ford Fusion. (See the link below.)

How We Evaluate Ride Comfort

Our judgments are based on a 30-mile loop at predetermined speeds on a course that includes a variety of roads with bumps, ruts, and undulations, and also a typical highway section.

Our engineers noted whether the suspension absorbed and isolated appropriately. Our testers determined whether the ride was stiff, choppy, tender, or floaty, and how well the car coped with pavement flaws. CR testers were on the lookout for adverse ride motions such as side-to-side rocking. The CR team’s experiences from commuting in the test cars also were factored in.

The vehicles are listed in descending order, starting with the luxury model that got the highest score for ride comfort.

Mercedes-Benz S-Class

The S-Class is brimming with features and qualities that make it stand out among luxury cars. In fact, the plush and steady ride is the best we’ve ever tested. Bumps and ruts disappear under the car’s tires and standard suspension as if they weren’t even there. The highway ride is a serene, smooth glide.

BMW 7 Series

The new BMW 7 Series delivers a first-class travel experience with its serene ride, high-tech features, thoughtful touches in a comfortable and beyond-impeccable cabin, and interior silence. The standard air suspension absorbs the road, keeping the big BMW (and its passengers) relaxed. The ride remains composed regardless of how uneven the road is or how fast you’re driving on it. It’s only at low urban speeds that nastier sharp bumps come through.

Audi A6

The A6 has a comfortable ride and, unlike other Audis we’ve tested, it doesn’t feel overly firm at low speeds. Body motions are well-controlled, and the car remains steady and composed on the highway. The cabin is exceptionally quiet, with only traces of road noise and a muted engine murmur. Its potent supercharged V6 engine and slick eight-speed transmission deliver effortless power. Available permanent Quattro all-wheel drive assures traction and peace of mind on winter roads.

Read the complete Audi A6 road test.

Lincoln Continental

The Continental has a long history, and although that might make it a household name, it might also lead potential buyers to dismiss it as old news. But that would be a shame because this is a thoroughly modern sedan. The Continental rides very well, befitting its mission as a luxury sedan. It absorbs just about any bumpy road, and the body remains mostly steady. Cars with the 19-inch wheels ride better than those with the 20-inch ones, which tend to transmit more of the road texture.

Audi A8

Audi’s flagship sedan, the A8, scored well in our luxury-car lineup, alongside the world’s best. Although the ride can be firm at low speeds, it is impressive overall. The suspension absorbs serious bumps and ruts well, and there are few body motions. The highway ride is smooth. The cabin is very quiet and tranquil, with muted road, wind, and traffic noise.

Read the complete Audi A8 road test.

Genesis G90

The G90 is a thoroughly capable and competitive luxury sedan that, if you ignore brand cachet, can challenge the world’s best. It falls short of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class’ ultimate magic carpet ride, but the G90 delivers a comfortable, soft, and steady ride. Only very sharp ruts or ridges manage to creep in, and only occasionally. Even though the G90 is a large and heavy car, it’s responsive in the corners but not sporty. It undercuts most ultraluxury flagships by a good $20,000 yet cedes very little to them. We found the G90 to be pampering and luxurious. Its powertrain is as smooth, punchy, and refined as any competitor’s, and the car is very quiet.

BMW 5 Series

BMW’s focus on reducing weight, adding technology, and minimizing cabin noise resulted in a car that’s remarkably satisfying but no longer among the sportiest choices. Instead, it’s plush, quiet, finely crafted inside, frugal with fuel, and more user-friendly than before. BMW loyalists will immediately notice that the ride in this generation of the 5 Series is more calm and serene, and less high-strung, than in traditional BMWs. The car is unfazed by most road imperfections, with bumps absorbed in a muted and controlled way. Body motions are very well-maintained, and yet nothing is abrupt. Overall, the ride is relaxed and composed, no matter the surface.

Cadillac CT6

Cadillac’s flagship CT6 is an impressive luxury car. Plush, roomy, quick, agile, and high-tech, it just might be worthy of Cadillac’s old slogan: “Standard of the World.” The CT6’s stellar road-test score certainly ranks it among the best sedans. In particular, the CT6 ride not only is very comfortable but also remains stable and controlled. The suspension has a layer of plushness that masks all types of road imperfections, delivering only muted impacts into the cabin. The highway ride is smooth, giving gradual ride motions over undulations.

Jaguar XF

Jaguar’s midsized XF luxury sedan faces an uphill battle against models from the segment-dominating German trio of Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz. The XF’s main draw is its terrific blend of handling agility and a supple ride. The ride absorbs just about any pavement rut or bump it encounters. The highway ride is extremely smooth. Unfortunately, several aspects—including a limited infotainment system, a rather bland interior, and unpolished noise isolation—hurt the Jag’s luxury credentials.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class

The Mercedes-Benz C300 has a beautiful interior and delivers a driving experience that is close to ideal when it comes to balancing performance and comfort. The C300’s ride is steady, yet with a layer of cushiness that masks bumps very effectively. Impacts are muted except for the odd whack on a really bad pothole due to its run-flat tires. Overall, the C-Class has the most comfortable ride in the sports sedan segment. Our test car had the standard suspension; other options include an adjustable Airmatic suspension and a sports-tuned suspension paired with 18-inch wheels. The C300 delivers the driving pleasure people expect from the brand. For those new to the brand, we think you’ll find the C300 to be comfortable, quiet, agile, and altogether well-done.

By Jerry Edgerton

August 5, 2015 / 6:00 AM / MoneyWatch

Whether on a daily commute or a long road trip, most car owners want to be sure their model is comfortable to ride in and drive. You don’t have to pay luxury prices to get that comfort.

Kelley Blue Book has come out with its annual list of comfortable cars you can get for under $30,000. “Our choices include vehicles that offer a comfortable driving experience, a roomy interior and the modern technological conveniences of a luxury car yet at a more wallet-friendly price,” said Jack Nerad, executive editorial director of the Kelley Blue Book website

Here’s a closer look at seven of these 2015 cars — not only for their comfort but for other driving qualities.

Click ahead to check out our list.

​Honda Accord

A perennial sedan favorite among U.S. car shoppers, the Honda Accord combines a pleasing, well-styled interior and roomy accommodation for rear-seat passengers. The base four-cylinder engine, which reviewers surveyed by U.S. News say has plenty of power, is EPA rated for 27 MPG in city driving and 36 on the highway. If you upgrade to the optional six-cylinder engine, the mileage rating is 21 and 34 for city and highway, respectively.

Reviewers also especially like the easy-to-use audio and information controls that come with an eight-inch display screen. List prices on the Accord sedan range widely from $22,105 to $33,630.

​Hyundai Sonata

The Hyundai Sonata combines a pleasant, comfortable ride with impressive economics. Because of low long-term ownership costs, the 2015 Sonata is ranked the best midsize car for the money by U.S. News.

Rated for 25 MPG in city driving and 37 on the highway, the base four-cylinder engine has good acceleration from a standing start but lacks some oomph when it comes to passing at highway speed, reviewers say. The optional turbocharged four delivers more satisfying power and is rated for 23 MPG city, 32 highway.

Reviewers also praise the Sonata for precise steering and excellent brakes. List prices range from $21,150 to $33,525.

​Nissan Altima

The Nissan Altima is one of the few brands to market the comfort of its seats. As the company is fond of telling you, its “zero gravity” seats were developed using NASA research into what’s comfortable seating in a weightless environment.

The company says the seats, which mimic the relaxed shape of the human back, cut down on driving fatigue. In addition to its comfort, reviewers praise the Altima for its excellent handling and good acceleration when passing. The base four-cylinder engine is rated at 27 MPG in city driving and 38 on the highway.

List prices for the Altima range from $22,300 to $31,950.

​Subaru Outback

The Outback garners praise for its substantial passenger and cargo space, and its great traction. The traction results from all-wheel drive — standard on all Subarus.

The base four-cylinder engine comes with a continuously variable transmission and is rated for 25 MPG in city driving and 33 on the highway. These qualities combine for a U.S. News ranking of best wagon for the money.

List prices on the Outback go from $24,995 to $33,395.

​Toyota Camry

Once again the best-selling sedan in America, Toyota’s Camry boasts a quiet ride and a spacious back seat — qualities often found in higher-priced luxury models.

Reviewers praise the handling of the Camry but wish it delivered more power with its base four-cylinder engine, rated at 25 MPG city, 35 highway. The optional V-6 has more kick, but is MPG rating drop to 21 city, 31 highway. Standard features include adjustable power seats and a rearview camera.

List prices on the Camry range from $22,790 to $31,370.

​Volvo S60

The Volvo S60 has the happy combination of powerful engines and very good gas mileage. The base turbocharged four is rated for 25 MPG in the city and 37 highway.

A comfortable ride and attractive cabin design add to the attraction for reviewers. Focusing on safety as always, Volvo has equipped the S60 with a system that can brake automatically at low speeds to avoid hitting pedestrians. For families, the S60 has an option for a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system.

List prices for the S60 reflect Volvo’s status as a borderline luxury brand: $33,300 to $47,200. But even though that puts it above our $30,000 threshold, it’s worth considering for what that extra money gets you.

​Volkswagen Passat

Reviewers praise the Passat for the combination of being comfortable riding down the highway but also fun to drive along winding, hilly roads.

The base four-cylinder engine with automatic transmission is rated for 24 MPG in city driving, 36 on the highway. The turbodiesel version, known as TDI, also boasts good acceleration and a whopping 44 MPG rating for highway driving (30 city). Kelley Blue Book describes the Passat as having limousine-like rear seat leg room.

The list prices for the Passat range from $21,340 to $35,995.

First published on August 5, 2015 / 6:00 AM

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Published: October 2, 2012

Comfort and sport-utility vehicles don’t usually go together owing to the inherent build of an SUV and the purpose it was built for. However, there are buyers looking for an SUV which offers the most comfort as well.

CarToq takes a look at SUVs across price ranges that offer the most relative comfort. This is in terms of ride quality and perceived passenger comfort, rather than handling. We’re also not including MUVs such as the Toyota Innova or crossovers such as the Tata Aria, which also has the perception of an MUV rather than an SUV.

SUVs below Rs. 10 lakh

If you take a look at SUVs below Rs. 10 lakh, there are a handful on offer. We can straight away rule out the Mahindra Thar and Maruti Gypsy, as they are purpose-built off-roaders and not great in terms of comfort for passengers. In contention, we have the Premier Rio, Mahindra Bolero, Mahindra Scorpio and Renault Duster.

Tata Safari

How to Be Comfortable on a Long Car Ride As a Passenger

The Tata Safari may not be a great SUV to drive, but for passengers it is a pretty comfortable vehicle to travel in. The large cabin area gives passengers a feeling of space and there is enough legroom and shoulder room in the middle row. The downside to the Safari is the jump seats in the last row and the fairly pronounced body roll when driven at speed. But if one chooses to just cruise on the highway, the multi-link rear suspension and double-wishbone torsion bar front suspension soak up the bumps quite effectively. The Safari is much better than the Mahindra Scorpio in terms of ride quality, with only the Renault Duster coming a close second.

Renault Duster

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The second most-comfortable SUV below Rs. 10 lakh has got to be the Renault Duster as it has excellent ride quality. Built on a car platform (the Renault Logan), but with raised ground clearance and a monocoque body, the vehicle has excellent passenger comfort. Where it loses out on is leg space for passengers in the rear seat, where it is just about average. The Duster has a semi-independent torsion beam rear suspension with coil springs, while the front is independent McPherson struts. In terms of ride comfort the Duster one of the best to travel in.

Between Rs. 10 lakh – Rs. 18 lakh

If you look at SUVs between Rs. 10 lakh and Rs. 18 lakh, besides the top-end variants of the Tata Safari and the Mahindra Scorpio, you also have the Force One, Mahindra XUV500, Grand Vitara and Skoda Yeti. The XUV500, Skoda Yeti and Grand Vitara all have independent rear suspension, which is great for ride quality.

Skoda Yeti

How to Be Comfortable on a Long Car Ride As a Passenger

The Skoda Yeti has one of the most sorted suspension systems, with excellent ride quality and handling. Built on car-like monocoque platform, the Yeti does not have any body roll and has a very pliant ride that could give some cars a run for their money. The only downside with the Yeti is that it does not have much luggage space and just about Ok on legroom in the rear seat for two occupants. A third would be a bit of a squeeze. Yet, the Yeti is one of the best vehicles to travel in for its silent, comfortable and composed ride. The Yeti is a five seater only, comfortable for four only.

Force One

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The Force One is a really large SUV with a long wheelbase. And it’s this long wheelbase that translates into good passenger comfort too. It has a multi-link rear suspension system that has been tuned by Lotus. The Force One has a traditional body on ladder-frame chassis construction. There is plenty of legroom in all three rows of seats, with either seven or six seat options. The six-seater is more comfortable as it has individual bucket seats in each row.

The other contenders such as the Grand Vitara and Mahindra XUV500 come close, but aren’t that comfortable. The Vitara has a sporty suspension system that’s slightly stiff, while the XUV500 has a stiff suspension system that tends to pitch about a bit.

SUVS between Rs. 18 lakh and Rs. 25 lakh

When you pick the premium SUV range, things get interesting. The most popular SUV in this segment is the Toyota Fortuner, but it is not the most comfortable. The sportiest of the lot is the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, which again is not comfortable. Then one is left to choose between the Renault Koleos, Honda CR-V, Nissan X-Trail, Mitsubishi Outlander, Chevrolet Captiva, Hyundai Santa Fe and Ford Endeavour.

Renault Koleos

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The Renault Koleos is by far one of the most comfortable SUVs around. It has excellent ride quality and its monocoque chassis, large wheels and good ground clearance contribute to its planted ride. The Koleos and the Nissan X-Trail share a lot of components, based on the same platform. However, the Koleos has a better ride than the X-Trail, with good space for five occupants and about 450 litres of luggage space.

Honda CR-V

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An old-time favorite of this segment is the Honda CR-V. This 5-seater SUV has a car-like ride quality with a well-sorted suspension system that proves effortless and comfortable for long distance travel. The CR-V’s suspension is slightly on the softer side and it is nice to travel in, be it the city or on the highway. It also has adequate luggage carrying capability.

A close third place would go to the Chevrolet Captiva if you are looking for a seven-seater SUV. This can carry seven people in comfort and matches the CR-V in terms of ride quality, except for slightly reduced legroom.

Along with the Captiva it’s also a close call between the Hyundai Santa Fe and the Mitsubishi Outlander, again two SUVs that provide good ride quality and comfort to passengers.

These were the SUVs that emerged as the ones offering the most comfort, after a discussion between a panel of CarToq experts. Share your thoughts on this.

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When comfort is king, these are the cars to have in your court

People buy cars on many different criteria. For some, price is the most important, others focus on power, and the environmentally conscious might put more weight on its fuel economy.

However, something that can be harder to tell from a spec sheet is just how comfortable a car is.

It’s an important criteria as well, as you could be spending countless hours in a vehicle, so it’s important you don’t get something that leaves you getting out uncomfortable.

While there isn’t a quantifiable metric for comfiness, here at Which Car, we drive numerous different vehicles each month, and have established a good feel for when a car is comfortable for day-to-day use.

We have compiled some of our favourite and comfiest cars you can buy today into a single list, which is divided into two categories for front and rear passengers.

The comfiest cars for front passengers

Citroen C4 Cactus

The Cactus has the closest thing to a modern day bench seat. Its large front seats may look simple, but with mattress technology (yes, really) they are sublimely comfortable. Whether it’s a brief drive, or an extended road trip, front passengers in the Cactus will be riding in comfort.

How to Be Comfortable on a Long Car Ride As a Passenger

Volvo S90

The Volvo’s front seats are amongst the best available. With plush cushioning and supple leather, you won’t be looking to escape from the cabin any time soon. If the sedan isn’t your thing, the high-riding XC90 SUV is a delightful alternative.

How to Be Comfortable on a Long Car Ride As a Passenger

Chrysler 300

If large, well stuffed, American armchairs are your thing, look no further than the Chrysler 300. It doesn’t match the opulence of other cars on this list, but front passengers are treated to a plush pair of pews with a reclining function that never seems to end.

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The comfiest cars for rear passengers

Mercedes-Benz S-Class LWB with Executive Seats option.

It wouldn’t be a list of comfortable cars without the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. The LWB takes this to another level. Throw in the optional Executive Seats, and it is one of the finest rear passenger experiences you can have. Goose down pillows for rear passengers is the icing on a bloody comfortable cake.

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Holden VF Commodore

While there is plenty of fun to be had behind the wheel of a VF Commodore, rear passengers haven’t been forgotten by Holden engineers. You can fit three grown adults across the back row, which is designed for classic Australian road trips. The next-gen imported Commodore won’t be matching the VF’s rear space, so if rear comfort is important to you, we recommend getting in quick.

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Kia Carnival Platinum

Space can be critical to a good rear passenger experience, and the Kia Carnival has that in spades. The second row in the Carnival is one of the most spacious available, and the third row is still perfectly reasonable for a grown adult. The platinum adds leather upholstery to the experience, to ensure all occupants are ferried in comfort.

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Lexus LS600hl 4-seater

The Ottoman empire isn’t dead – it lives on in this large Lexus limo. Move the front seat all the way forward and rear passengers are treated to an ottoman to rest their feet on.

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Wildcard: Range Rover Sport Autobiography

We’ve decided not to include this in either front or rear seat categories, namely because it deserves to be in both. We’ll let our Editor, Alex Inwood explain why:

“The comfiest car I’ve driven is the Range Rover Sport Autobiography LWB, which despite being the size of a battle tank, only has room for four inside. The seats, doors, and roof are all clad in sumptuous leather, there are two fridges inside, the seats are heated/cooled and massage you, and the headrests are like clouds.”

High praise from a man who has driven just about every new car available today.