These days, plenty of companies are looking to cut costs by having their employees work outside of the office. This is particularly true when it comes to sales jobs. Companies also see the benefit in having their employees directly visit clients instead of calling them on the phone. As a result, many people end up spending a lot of time in either their vehicle or their company’s vehicle during the work day. That’s why having the right business accessories can really help. Although sports utility vehicles typically offer more space than cars do, they can still feel pretty cramped if all of your work materials are disorganized. That’s why having the right accessories could certainly help the avid business traveler on the road. Let’s take a look at some of the ones that might make the most sense to invest in.
If you work out of your vehicle and don’t have a place to write invoices or sign documents, it can be pretty annoying. While you may just opt for grabbing a hard surface like a notebook or a clipboard to write on, it’s a lot easier to have an actual desk on hand. There are plenty of vehicle desks to choose from. AutoExec is one brand that makes them. They’re positioned in the front passenger seat and are secured with the seat-belt in your vehicle. AutoExec makes several different types of desks. Several feature a rubber non-skid material on the top that prevents your smartphone or folio from moving when the vehicle makes sudden stops. They also feature a pull-out writing surface with built-in clipboard. Of course, storage is important. The desks offer storage areas underneath. It’s a great way to keep your valuables out of sight and give you peace of mind, especially when traveling to areas you’re not familiar with. AutoExec also makes desks that have an adjustable laptop plate. It allows the laptop to slide past the edge of the desk, creating a comfortable position for typing from the front seat. If you’re looking for something more simple, they also make smaller desks that simply attach to your steering wheel.
Many SUVs now offer built-in wireless internet which is great for the avid business traveler. Experts say Wi-Fi that’s integrated into the vehicle is often the best in terms of signal strength and ease of use. Should there be a problem, the systems are also often covered by the manufacturer warranty. But most of the systems only come for free at first. After the free trial is up, you’re likely to be charged a monthly subscription fee. Since some customers don’t like the sound of that, they sometimes choose not to opt for the system when purchasing their SUV. If you’re one of those people who made that decision and now regret it, or if you happen to own an older SUV that doesn’t come with a built-in system, there are some solutions. Of course, you could use your smartphone to create a mobile hotspot if it has the capability. That can eat up a lot of data, however, and also drain your phone’s battery. That’s why it may be best to purchase a mobile hot spot device. You can pick one up often for no cost as part of certain carriers’ promotions. It will have a separate data plan from your cellphone, but it will still come at a price.
We all know that being behind the wheel can be exhausting. For some people, driving on the highway in particular is a challenge. Without much to look at, it’s easy to zone out and feel sleepy. If you’re someone who frequently has to be in your vehicle for work, it’s crucial to have a way to stay alert and energized. What’s great is that many SUVs now come with systems that will alert you if you drift out of your lane. Some can even sense when you’re becoming drowsy behind the wheel. But not every SUV comes with one of those features and that’s why it may be worth investing in a number of things. For less than $10, you can purchase an anti-sleep alarm that you wear behind your ear while driving. It beeps when your head tilts forward, which may just help prevent you from dozing off completely. Of course, another way to stay awake on the road is to drink some caffeine. If your days are often jam packed with meetings and it’s hard to stop for a cup of joe, it may make sense to purchase a portable coffee maker. There are a number of great options to choose from. You can find one for pretty cheap or shell out the big bucks for an espresso maker. Most plug into a cigarette lighter adapter or any other 12-volt power source. There are also heated travel mugs you can purchase to help you keep your cup of coffee warm on long drives.
Anyone who works in business knows how important first impressions are. That’s why it’s crucial to look presentable when you show up for meetings and unfortunately, we all know how hard it can be to look presentable when you’re in your vehicle for a long time. Of course, it’s easy to spill food on yourself. Your clothes can also get pretty wrinkled in the process. That’s why it’s great to have some extra clothing on hand. There are plenty of accessories to help you store your extra shirts and ties. There are long clothing bars that attach to the hooks in your ceiling to give you plenty of hanging space. There are also coat hangers with adjustable arms that can easily attach to the back of a headrest. The accessories are also incredibly affordable, so they won’t break your bank. Hanging up your clothes is definitely the best way to store them in your vehicle, so it’s definitely a smart investment to make.