How To Organise The Mess Of Cables In Your Car

How To Organise The Mess Of Cables In Your Car

While your car might not have the mess of cables you’ll find underneath you desk, it has recently become a home for more technology than it is prepared to handle. Here’s how you can keep those stray chargers, audio cables and whatever else under control so you’re not fighting wires while trying to concentrate on the road.

I only have two cables in my car: a 3.5mm stereo audio cable that plugs into my car’s auxiliary input and a charger for my iPhone. Nonetheless, these cables often get tangled and confused, sometimes so tightly that I can’t lift the parking brake without sending my phone flying into the back seat. Someday I might drive a nicer car with fancy Bluetooth audio and built-in iPod connectivity, but for now the mess has to be dealt with. Here’s how you can keep your car organised and have your cables, too.

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Use Gaffer Tape To Keep Cables In Place

First, if you have multiple cables, you’ll want to bind them into a single cable if they’re all going to and from the same location. (My auxiliary input and power port are in the same place, so taping the cables together makes sense.) Just be sure to leave room at the end so the cables have some level of flexibility. Most phones don’t have their audio output and charging port in the same area, so you’ll need to make sure you allow enough length for each cable to be plugged in comfortable.

Once you’ve got your cables bound you gain a couple of advantages. First, you only have a single cable so it’s much easier to manage. Second, because the cable is thicker and bound by thick tape, it loses some of its flexibility and won’t tangle as easily. In many cases, you can just stop here because your cable won’t get in the way. If you want to take it a step further, however, just tape the bound cable to your car so it doesn’t move around too much. Just be sure to leave some flexibility or you won’t be able to move your phone once it is plugged in. While taping up your car is not the most attractive solution, if the bound cable isn’t enough to solve the problem then binding it further will.

Alternatively, Get Some Retractable Cables

While this is one of the easiest solutions to the problem, it’s not perfect for everyone. Your car may not provide an ideal setup to use retractable cables, and sometimes they can retract unexpectedly when you pick up your device. Give them a try and see how it works for you.

Got any other tips on keeping your cables organised in the car? Let’s hear ’em in the comments!

Photos by PSDGraphics and Alice (Shutterstock).


  • A poem:

    Duct tape the cables under the dash.
    Duct tape the GPS phone to a handy vent.
    Duct tape crammed into the iffy mechanism that moves the seat back and forth.
    Always use duct tape.

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