Alternative Uses for Your Car During Lockdown

In these strange times we’re all doing what we can to make the most of what we’ve got. Making the most of the space in our homes and in our gardens if we’re lucky enough to have one, and of the time we’re allowed outside to exercise.

From turning our living rooms into gyms to creating a school in the spare bedroom, people are getting creative about how to juggle childcare and work, or how to stave off boredom within their homes.

But there is a quiet space with a built in entertainment facility which many of us have overlooked. While our cars are parked up on driveways or in garages, it’s a space that’s going unused. And at Prestone we think it could be really useful. Think of it as an extension of your home and garden, and you can increase your options for living space.

Here are a few of our suggestions for alternative uses for your car that don’t involve leaving home:

  1. An office space

Using your car as an office space
While it might not be spacious enough for you to sit in all day and do work, your car is a quiet, enclosed space where you can be free from distractions like the fridge, or children and pets interrupting. This makes it perfect for taking conference calls or those Zoom meetings where you’d prefer not to show off your family. And with Zoom backgrounds no-one need ever know where you are! You could even use it as a breakout space for when you want to do some creative thinking or just need a change of scene.

Bonus – car seats offer good lumber support so they’re good for your posture and you can adjust it so it’s most comfortable for you.

2. A relaxing space

Using you car as a chill out space

Shut the doors, recline the seat and put on some relaxing music for the perfect escape. Life in a confined space can be overwhelming sometimes, especially if you’re working from home or have a family, and it’s difficult to find some “me” time. If this is you, consider using your car as a relaxing sanctuary. You could download some meditation apps – there are ones which offer quick 5 minutes exercises to help you relax and focus if you don’t have much time to spare.

Our recommendations:

3. A karaoke booth

Using you car as a karaoke booth

Whether you’re having a House Party karaoke session online with friends, singing along with your family or housemates or just belting our tunes by yourself, having a singalong is a great way to let off steam and have some fun. In your car you get the feel of a karaoke booth and you’re less likely to annoy the neighbours!

Look out for our karaoke lists on social, and check out some of our favourites below:

4. A reading space

Using your car as a reading space

Looking for some peace and quiet to really get into those books which have been sitting on your shelves for ages? Reading is a great way to relax, learn new things or just spend some time alone. If you make your car your personal reading room it will help you to switch off from the external noise and focus on just the book in your hands, and give you some time to yourself.

Looking for inspiration? Here are some reading tips from us:

  • Ciao, Stirling: The Inside Story of a Motor Racing Legend (Valerie Pirie) Kindle £11.04
  • How Not to Be a Professional Racing Driver (Jason Plato) Kindle £9.99
  • The Little Red Racing Car: A Father Son Car Story (Dwight Knowlton) Kindle £4.24 (for ages 2-8yrs)

5. A home cinema

Ok, this one’s a little more ambitious but is a great activity for a Friday night. Put a TV screen in your garage and turn it into a drive in cinema in your home! Grab the popcorn and get comfy in the car. Perfect for a family evening together with the children, a cool surprise for your housemates, or as a romantic date at home if it’s just the two of you.

Some film tips from us:

  • The Fast and the Furious
  • The Italian Job
  • Cars
  • Days of Thunder
  • Grease

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