The Surprising Perk of Having a Clean, Fresh Car

Updated: Jun 29

Have you ever wondered why some of our best ideas come to us during mundane tasks like going for a drive, showering, or walking?

A lot has been said about the health benefits of a clean car, particularly when the world at large is trying to keep itself insulated from the impact of Covid-19. In our previous article, we explored this in-depth and provided 5 Tips to Ensure a Germ-Free Car Interior.


In this article, we will explore the reasons why long drives, a clean car, dopamine, and distraction are ingredients to transform your car into an incubation powerhouse of ideas. 


Driving Allows Us to Switch Off: 


Douglas Coupland in his book Life after God points out, "But I guess the nice thing about driving a car is that the physical act of driving itself occupies a good chunk of brain cells that otherwise would be giving you trouble overloading your thinking. New scenery continually erases what came before; memory is lost, shuffled, relabelled, and forgotten. Gum is chewed; buttons are pushed; windows are lowered and opened. A moving car is the only place where you're legally allowed to not deal with your problems. It’s enforced meditation and this is good” 

Driving, for most of us, is largely a sub-conscious activity. Practice and repetition mean that common tasks like changing gears, navigating a steep turn, or watching out for pedestrians do not need much conscious effort. And it is in this ‘Enforced Meditation’ as Douglas Coupland calls it that allows our sub-conscious to make unique creative connections that wouldn’t have been possible otherwise. 

Clean spaces are creative spaces:


Scientists at the Princeton University Neuroscience Institute found that our brains like order and visual reminders of disorganization, like having a cluttered car, drain our cognitive resources.


Clean spaces make us feel more in control of our lives, are co-related to lowered levels of stress and anxiety. So not only is it immensely satisfying to enter a clean, fresh-smelling car, but it is actually good for our attention, cognition, memory, stress levels, and creativity.

Dopamine


Alice Flaherty, one of the most renowned neuroscientists, advises that an ingredient that's very important for creativity is the hormone Dopamine colloquially called the happiness hormone.


Taking a warm shower, driving back home, or for a holiday, exercising, etc. gives us an increased flow of dopamine and therefore, spark creativity when we least expect it. Just ask Archimedes and he would agree. 

Distraction:


Our mind needs distraction and relaxation for it to be at its creative best.


Jonah Lehrer in the Wall Street Journal declares "It isn't until we're soothed in the shower or distracted by the stand-up comic that we're able to turn the spotlight of attention inward, eavesdropping on all those random associations unfolding in the far reaches of the brain's right hemisphere. When we need insight, those associations are often the source of the answer”.


A long drive in the car provides just this kind of distraction the brain needs.


So rev up your car and drive into the sunset to your favorite melody. You never know, your next business idea or a creative solution to a pressing problem may be right around the corner


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