We’re guessing you know how to drive a car. Even though you haven’t read a single page on your car’s manual, you already know how to operate the wipers, AC, radio, or even the hazard lights! Hopefully, you were also taught how to change tires. But do you realize that there are also life-changing yet straightforward car hacks out there?
These hacks are fantastic even though you can’t find them in the pages of your car’s manual. Don’t worry, though, because we got you covered. You can easily avoid every minor to a major car problem, and it will make your life easier. Try and check if you’ve done anything like this before!
1. Don’t start the car right away in the winter
Just like pretty much everyone and everything, car batteries don’t really enjoy extremely cold temperatures. In fact, those really cold temperatures during the winter can be really harmful to your car battery if you don’t warm it up first.
Just turn your headlights on for a little bit and then turn on the car engine. You can also warm it up with the radio, if you prefer.
2. Use the arrow beside the fuel icon on the dashboard to figure out which side your gas tank is on
Pulling into the gas station to refuel, only to park on the wrong side of the fuel tank has happened to all of us. That “uh, oh” moment, when we realize everyone at the gas station is going to make fun of us. What most of us don’t know (or never really noticed) is that the fuel icon on the dashboard actually tells us which side the tank is on with a little arrow.
What did you think of our handy little tips? There’s plenty more out there and we’d love to hear your suggestions below!
3. Why is there a ball below the windshield?
Not every driver studies the instruction manual of their car thoroughly, but they can find the answer to this question there. This ball is a climate control sensor.
Depending on the readings that the sensor transmits to the car’s computer, the climate control system selects the fan’s operation mode. That’s why every instruction manual warns you to not cover or block the sensor with other objects. This ball has a decorative function in cars that don’t have climate control.
4. A coin in a door handle
One of the most inventive ploys is to unlock the car with the help of a coin. A thief inserts a coin into the door handle of the car from the passenger side because drivers rarely pay attention to this door when alone.
Later when the driver closes the car, the keychain lock will seemingly work, making the appropriate sound, but the central lock will get blocked by the coin and the car will stay open. That’s why it’s worth taking a look around the car before and after locking it.
5. Envelope on a car seat
Finding an envelope on the passenger seat, even if you are sure your car was locked, means that someone was able to break into it. But this is not the end of this scam. Inside the envelope, you might find a message like:
“Dear Sir/Ma’am, we’ve tested your car’s security system and as you can see it can be easily broken into. So we expect you to pay us for this test and, in return, we will send you someone who will actually install a better system.”
But it’s better to not do it. Because sending money to people who are threatening you will encourage them to do it again. Contact the police and check your car’s alarm system regularly using a trusted car service.
6. Water bottle on the car hood
If you notice a water bottle on your car hood, don’t touch it and immediately drive to an auto body shop or to the police to have them check and see if there is a GPS tracker on your car.
This is because the water bottle tactic is probably used by kidnappers and traffickers to make you exit your car and become a victim. So, if you notice something weird is on your hood, even if it’s not a bottle, drive away, don’t get out of your car to throw it away.
7. Clothes On Your Car
A scary new trend has been on the rise in Michigan. It is a way for robbers or predators to distract women long enough to attack them...but it can be avoided. The trend if for someone to tie a t-shirt, bandana or any piece of cloth around someone's windshield wiper after they walk away from their car.
The attackers then waits for the woman to return and when she sees the cloth, she typically begins to untie it. It is while she is distracted doing this, that the attacker then makes their move. Either grabbing the woman's purse, vehicle or in some cases the woman herself. The trend is a frightening one and it's something woman across the country are being warned about.
So if you happen to come back to your car and find something around your windshield...Leave It! Get in your car, lock your doors and head out of wherever you are before you try to remove the cloth.
8. Parking your car next to a van
Parking your car next to a bigger vehicle can sometimes be a bad choice. This is because it obstructs your sight and you could easily be the target of a criminal who might be hiding behind it. So, it’s better to not park next to vehicles like cargo vans.
9. Fixing A Dent With Hot Water & A Plunge
Worrying about an eye-soar dent on the side of your car? We got you! You don’t need to worry about it. It happens to everyone, and they’re pretty easy to fix. Just boil some water in a saucepan or a teapot, whichever you prefer. Then run to your bathroom and take out the plunger, which is your weapon. Pour the hot water over the dent, and then take the plunger and pull. If the car didn’t have enormous damage, then it will pop right out! The result may not be as perfect as brand new, but it will make it less visible.
10. Toothpaste Can Clear Cloudy Headlights
We’re not sure how people don’t know about this one, but seeing how many drivers tool around town in their car with foggy headlights—yes, this is a major pet-peeve—we’re going to assume that it’s not out of laziness and that these drivers simply don’t know how to clear them up. The toothpaste trick involves smearing a little bit of it on a rag and scrubbing the headlights. Of course, they’re not going to look brand-new and you may still need to have them professionally cleaned if you’ve really let them go, but the trick is pretty good for getting the little stuff off. The toothpaste contains some abrasive materials that are pretty useful for removing scum.
11. Opening Your Keyring With A Staple Remover
You don’t have to break a finger by trying to fit a new set of keys on your metal keyring! Instead, here’s the best way to do it: use a staple remover! Just use it to separate the end pieces and slide the keys in. How simple was that? Now you’re wondering why you’ve never thought of doing it before!
12. Put A Shower Caddy In The Trunk
If you’re the type of person who likes to plan, you’re probably keeping an emergency kit in your trunk. We guess it consists of oil, funnel, rag, flashlight, batteries, and so on. Keep them organized by getting a shower caddy to secure them in your storage. We don’t need these items rolling all over your trunk when you need them — this will avoid getting anything dirty or, worse, doing more damage than good.
13. Use Pool Noodles To Prevent Car Dings
Admit it; you’ve hit your door on the side of your garage. Maybe not every time, but at least a few times! We got the perfect solution for you—pool noodle! Cut it in half, then tape it to the wall where you open your car’s door. (You quickly tell where by the scuff marks, heh.) Use bolts or even simple command strips to secure it in place. Your car (and your wall) will both be safe!
14. Need A Trash Bin? Use Cereal Bins
Are you the type of person who absentmindedly leaves trash in their car? If you’re not careful, that trash will linger a smell inside your vehicle that will last a lifetime! Yikes! Of course, that wouldn’t be a problem if you had a trash can inside your car. You don’t need to get new ones; take one of those small cereal plastic containers. Make sure to put a plastic pag inside so that you can seal the trash when you take it out. Now your car will be much cleaner and odor-free!
15. Reduce Glare With A Tinted Plastic Sheet
It happened to us once or twice: forgetting sunglasses. When it’s getting dark, and you’re driving west, you’ll know hard that is. At this angle, your visor won’t be any help, but something can— a tinted plastic sheet! Stick it to your car window with static so you can move it around as needed. The sun will never bother you again!
16. Lessen Frost By Parking Your Car Facing East
This may seem to be some weird witchy trick, but it’s very straightforward and reasonable. When you park your vehicle in the morning facing the sun, the sun’s rays will initially defrost your front windshield. Then, if you leave for work when the sun rises, you’ll never have to wait for the defroster to warm up again!
17. Extend Your Key Fob Range
Have you ever spent a long day in an amusement park, mall, or pretty much any other place that has a giant parking lot for you to lose your vehicle in? You never realize how many look-alikes are out there until you have to sweep the aisles of a parking lot for your own car. In this case, setting off the alarm is pretty helpful, but if you’re out of your key fob's range then that idea is essentially useless. However, if you ever find yourself without a clue, you can extend the range of your key fob by resting it against your chin while clicking the button. Supposedly, the human body is full of extra abilities that we just don’t use and extending the range of your key fob is apparently one of them. If you’re in a bind, it’s worth a shot!
18. You Can Use Pantyhose As A Fan Belt
Weirdly enough, stockings hold a wealth of purposes that we never knew were even possible. So, it may be a good idea (whether you wear them or not) to invest in a few pairs of these in case of an emergency. Stuff them in your glovebox for a rainy day (literally) because they can also be used for engine pulleys if your timing belt ever goes bad while you're on the go. Obviously, this isn’t going to apply to each and every single person’s vehicle. Although, if it does the stocking may just be enough to get you down the road to an auto repair shop or to your house to complete the repairs on your own.
19. Use Nail Polish On Small Scratches
It’s generally not worth the money to have your car’s paint professionally restored if it just has a little scratch or chip. The disadvantage is that you will be driving around with ugly scrapes on your vehicle. We’re sure you had no idea you could do it yourself! It just takes a smidgeon of nail paint. If you can reasonably nearly match your vehicle’s color, a small amount of nail polish will conceal the scratches effectively enough that no one will notice them unless they are searching for them.
20. Keep Your Seats Buckled During Hot Weather
Trying to fasten your seatbelt in the heat is a dangerous game. Any metal component of your automobile that has been exposed to sunshine and heat may hurt your hands, but you can prevent the seatbelt problem by buckling it in when you leave and keeping it there until the next time you enter. Then, if the sun can’t reach it, it can’t become hot enough to burn!
21. Use Over-The-Door Shoe Racks As Backseat Organizers
This one is beneficial if you have children: All of the backseat essentials, including sippy cups, toys, chargers, and snacks, may be stored in a simple over-the-door shoe rack. All of the pockets are readily accessible, and they’re far more visible at a look than the pouches that come standard with certain minivan seats.
22. Window Chips? Clear Nail Polish Could Help
Once again, magic nail paint strikes! If you acquire a crack or chip in your windshield, it will almost certainly expand and crack further, making driving unsafe. However, if you can’t afford a new windshield, a few drops of clear nail paint in the damaged region, similar to a run in a pair of stockings, should prevent the crack from spreading until you can.
23. You Can Use Rubber Bands As Phone Holders
It’s very inconvenient when you need to glance at your GPS but don’t have a co-pilot to hold it up for you and don’t have one of that window or air vent holders to hold your phone (and potentially dangerous). However, it’s effortless to get the same effect using a rubber band. If you thread it through a few vents on your center console and around the top and bottom of your phone, the strain will keep it in place.
24. Easy Way To Cool Down A Hot Car
Have you ever had to stand outside in the summer to air out your suffocatingly hot vehicle just enough to BREATHE when you got inside? To expedite the procedure, roll down the passenger side window and open and shut the driver’s side door rapidly for a few seconds. This produces a fanning action, enabling fresh air to enter while eliminating all of the hot, stagnant air from your car.
25. Use Scented Wax Cubes As Air Fresheners
Aside from dryer sheets, there’s another DIY air freshener trick for your nose’s delight. Put a few scented wax cubes in a mason jar with holes punched in the lead. When you put the pot in your car, the wax will melt and fill the car with a pleasant fragrance.
26. Check Your Tire’s State With A Penny
The following tip may save your life. Place a coin upside down in the treads of your tires. If President Lincoln’s head falls halfway in, you’re good. However, if the tread doesn’t cover the president’s head, you’ll need new tires.
27. Save Space Using Carabiner Hooks
If you need to free up some room in your backseat, get some carabiner hooks and connect them to your headrests. They can hold bags, groceries, umbrellas, and other things. This will help you free up a lot more space than you may imagine.
28. Tilt Your Head To End Carsickness
Getting carsick can be fairly annoying if you actually need to keep driving while your body is telling you that you shouldn’t. Getting carsick is no fun at all and, unfortunately, it happens to some of us more often than not. Thankfully, there are some things you can do to make that nauseating feeling subside, at least somewhat. Tilt your head sideways and it will supposedly go away. We’re not completely sold that this will remedy the feeling entirely, but it could definitely make things better! Minimally, it could be a valuable tip.
29. A Box Of Dryer Sheets Will Improve The Smell Of Your Car
If you ever eat in your car, then you know how bad it smells later when the smell is trapped. Your poor vehicle is so smelly that keeping the windows up feels like torture and not just yourself, but also for your car. No matter what you do, sometimes bad odors just don’t go away. A much cheaper alternative than those expensive air fresheners you’ll find in an auto parts store is something that you can get while grocery shopping: dryer sheets. Leaving an open box of dryer sheets beneath your seat will improve the smell of your car tenfold, plus it’s not nearly as expensive.
30. Gauge Your Garage Parking With A Tennis Ball
Having issues parking the car in your garage? Now, you don’t have to worry anymore. Trying to Gauge just how far forward you’ve pulled into the garage is now super easy. All you need to do is simply tie a string with a hanging tennis ball onto the ceiling of the garage. If it rests on your windshield when you’ve driven in, its the right time to stop. You’ll never have to guess again. Accuracy at its finest!
31. Download a Parking App to Find Your Car
Are you one of those people who always have problems remembering where you parked the car? Don’t worry – you’re not alone! Thanks to incredible, modern technology, those forgetful days are over. Now there are so many useful apps that can instantly help you locate your car. There’s no more wasting time walking up and down the parking lot trying to locate your car. Make sure to check out the several different applications that are available, all of which can easily help you track where you parked.
32. Put Stockings On Broken Wiper Blades
This one sounds a bit weird in retrospect, and it could be slightly unrealistic in this day and age, but you never know where life will take you. If you ever find yourself in the middle of a torrential downpour or caught in some unexpected snow, you want to have good windshield wipers in order to get back to your cozy home. Unfortunately, if the wiper blade breaks or is just extremely old, the metal can scratch the glass and also prevent you from actually being able to see. However, if you place women’s stockings or pantyhose on the tattered blade, it can actually clear the windshield for you. Plus, it will take off any bugs or other debris that may be smeared into the glass. So, it serves a dual purpose! Now, all you have to do is find out where to find stockings.
33. Handy Towel Holder
We can definitely assure you that we have some of the most excellent hacks that are truly useful. For this next one, all you need to do is attach a roll of paper towel to your car with a piece of bungee cord. This will allow you to take the towels quickly without having to search the entire car for the roll. We all know what it’s like to always have at least one passenger in the car who spills something or has a runny nose, right?
34. Ground Coffee Can Eliminate Unremovable Odors
Now, whether or not you’re the type to start your day off with a cup of coffee, it can be one helpful drink. Believe it or not, it can even help with your car’s smell. Maybe you left your gym bag in the car over the weekend or your kids allowed food to roll beneath the seat. A number of scenarios can play out, but the point is that there’s nothing good about a stinky car. Maybe you’ve cleaned the car numerous times and nothing really works. Ground coffee is the perfect remedy for removing these smells. Unlike the dryer sheets, it won’t necessarily work as an air freshener (unless you actually enjoy the smell of ground coffee) but it will get out those funky fumes that you can’t seem to get out.
35. Hold The Trigger Halfway When Pumping Gas
The cost of gas can really add up if you’re commuting to work on a regular basis. We all try to find effective ways to get the best prices, whether it means joining rewards programs or driving two extra miles to a gas station that sells it for less. This little trick will appeal to all of the savvy savers out there. Next time you’re pumping your gas, hold the trigger halfway; it allows less air to go into the tank and more gas. You’re not going to get rich off of this technique, but the savings will add up over time.
36. Blow Away Bumper Stickers
There’s a high chance that the majority of you reading this has some kind of bumper sticker on your car. Did you know that it’s actually pretty easy to remove them? All you need is a working hairdryer for this trick. Then, heat up the sides of the sticker with the hairdryer and within a few minutes, the glue should start to lift, making it easier to peel off. Time to say goodbye to all those bumper stickers from 2002.
37. Slime Is Your Savior
Who would have ever thought that a child’s toy would come in handy when it comes to car hacks? The truth is that slime and car interiors are actually the perfect match. Head on over to your local supermarket, then use the slime as a cleaning tool for all those hard-to-reach spots in your car. This includes the air vents and down the sides of your chair. The slime will easily pick up any dirt or dust that you’ve been struggling to clean for months.
38. If Your Tires Blows, DON’T Brake
This next one is not so much of a hack but more of a really helpful piece of advice. When driving on an open road at a speed of at least 65km/h and your tire blows – whatever you do, do not break. Although this may be a natural response try your best to resist the urge. When you hit the brakes during a situation like this, you’re going to fishtail and possibly lose control of your car, which could instantly see you crashing your car. Instead, rather slightly keep your foot on the accelerator. We know this may sound a bit bizarre but this will help you regain control of your car and steer straight on the road.
39. Don’t Weigh Down Your Key
Having too many keys or fluffy keychains is known to actually cause damage to the ignition switch. Meaning that over time, your car will not start as easily as it should. Experts suggest that you really need to have multiple keychains on one key, you should have a maximum of 3 keys or keychains on your bunch. However, the moment you start to notice a tightness or your key locking while it’s in the ignition, then best take it to the dealer as soon as possible. Or, before you know it, it will end up costing you a lot more money.
40. Prevent Car Sickness
We totally love this next tip! For people who are looking for different ways to prevent car sickness, simply keep some fresh bay leaves in your car. Bay leaf is a wonderful way of preventing car sickness, especially during long-haul trips. All you need to do is place the leaf under your tongue, and within a few minutes, you will feel better. This works for both children as well as adults. It can also save you from pulling over or buying medicine at the pharmacy, and best of all, it is completely natural.
41. Lowering Your Insurance Costs
From time to time, we often feel the need to look for ways to lower monthly costs, especially when it comes to our cars. We have good news for you, you just need to learn defensive driving. Not only is it super beneficial but it also helps improve your driving skills. In a lot of countries around the world, defensive driving is one of the easiest ways one can substantially lower their car insurance costs. Take a look into it, you won’t regret the decision!
42. What Side Is The Tank On?
It happens more than we like to admit. Pulling up to pump gas and “forgetting” which side the tank is on. Can you relate? We thought so. What we all don’t realize is that the answer is actually right in front of our eyes. Take a quick look at your dashboard fuel gauge…see it now? You’ll notice a picture of a gas pump with an arrow. Whichever way that arrow point is on the same side of the car that the filler cap is located. Impressive right?
43. Diagnose Your Own Car troubles
Back in the day, it was really as if we needed to magically guess what was wrong with our vehicles before visiting a mechanic. Now since times are a lot simpler, all you need to do is purchase an auto-code reader. Plug it into the car’s computer system through the OBD plug, and it will instantly read your engine’s fault codes. In a short amount of time, you will be able to know what’s causing the check engine light to illuminate, locate a bad oxygen sensor, read enhanced data, or even redeem the VIN of your car.
44. Emergency Kits Can Literally Be A Life-Saver
This one should go without saying, but it’s not often that drivers ever even think of packing emergency items in their trunk. What exactly you keep in it will be dependent upon where you live, but the essentials are basically the same. Flashlights, waters, snacks, sleeping bags, and blankets (especially for those who live in colder climates), toilet paper, a first-aid kit, a power block—as well as a cheap mobile phone—can really come in handy if you find yourself trapped in the middle of a blizzard or broken down in a remote area. You never know what could happen and it’s better to be prepared than to wish you had been.
45. Clean Your AC Vents
We can all agree that air conditioning is a huge blessing on freezing cold days as well as during the boiling hot summer days. Despite this being the case, what most people tend to forget is just how crucial it is to clean the air vents in the car. One of the best ways to clean them (from the inside) is to grab a foam brush, which you can usually find in your local hardware store. Then, gently clean each panel by going back and forth. Not only will this keep your air conditioning fresh and dirt-free but it is so much healthier for everyone who sits in the car.
46. Vaseline Tip
Not too many people are aware, but Vaseline is actually one of the best life-savers on the planet. It is truly useful for so many things. Not only does it help with colds and flu but can really be used for basically anything and everything. Sure you never thought of using it for the interior of your car? When it comes to a vinyl or leather interior, smear some Vaseline onto a cloth or cotton wool and rub it over the car. This is how you can prevent the leather from cracking. Additionally, you can also rub the vaseline on the rubber door seals to prevent them from freezing during the winter. Amazing, right?
47. Avoid Crumbs
Parents with young children will know exactly how messy cars can get. It’s really like your car becomes a personal trash bin. One of the more annoying parts is when all kinds of bits and bobs drop between the car seats because cleaning up can truly become a living nightmare. To avoid this kind of disaster in the future, simply put a large sheet underneath the booster seat so if things do fall through, the sheet will collect it all! Your car will now be completely protected from any types of future accidents, such as melted candy, milk spills, or even dog drool.
48. Roll The Front Windows Down For A Stronger Breeze
Nothing is worse than getting into a hot car after a long day at work, or really anywhere for that matter. If you find yourself having to go without air conditioning for a little while, then life can feel pretty miserable. The easiest way to cool off your car is to roll down the front passenger and driver windows while driving, keeping the rear ones closed. This typically brings in a stronger breeze and will make things a lot more comfortable. It’s not going to replace air conditioning, but this can make things a bit more bearable, particularly for anyone that lives in a warm climate.
Pet owners – we have the best life hack waiting for you! Getting rid of dog or cat hair can really be tough and frustrating, but now this no longer needs to be the case. Also, you don’t need to get your car professionally cleaned as often as you have been. You can now save a lot of time and money. All you need to do is buy a squeegee, trust us the results even surprised us. Spray water on the seats, then use the squeegee multiple times to scrape off all that unwanted hair.
50. Magic Eraser
Unfortunately for some reason, the beloved Magic Eraser is very much underrated. However, many experts advise that you should always keep one nearby, especially in your car. It has been proven to really do a terrific job with everything, it will easily help you scrub off those nasty stains on your leather or vinyl seats. Simply, wet the Magic Eraser slightly and then gently scrub on the dirt. Within no time at all, you’ll have a clean, fresh set of seats.
51. Remove Acidic Battery Juice
Thorough cleaning in your car might sound extremely difficult, but with all these terrific hacks it definitely makes things a lot easier. This next tip is mostly for older cars or those that get a lot of wear and tear. If this is the case it will usually mean that the battery might start to release some acidic liquid. If this happens and is then left for too long, it could begin to break down other areas of your car engine, too. This is where coca-cola comes to the rescue. Before you pour the cola onto the engine, make sure that the engine is completely off AND cool. Only then can you gently loosen the terminals slightly, disconnect the battery, and soak the corroded areas in soda. If need be, maybe ask for assistance!
52. Adjust Your Car Mirrors Properly
Believe it or not, everything we think we knew about driving has a few flaws (even if we don’t always want to admit that we’re wrong). One of the things that you should be taught in driving school is how to position your mirrors properly. The truth of the matter is that hardly anyone realizes this, even if they did happen to attend a formal driving course. Luckily for you, it’s pretty easy to get them lined up correctly. You just need to make sure that when you’re adjusting them that your car is NOT in view. If it is, then they’re not properly attuned and will slightly hinder your view.
53. Icy Windshield? Maybe This Could Help
It’s never been easier to clear ice from your windshield! All you need to make your own de-icer is a mixture of 70% isopropyl alcohol and one part water, plus a few drops of dish soap. This simple cocktail sprayed on an icy windshield with an ice scraper (or even windshield wipers if you’re willing to wait for a little longer) will quickly loosen the ice, making it easy to remove.
54. Make Sure To Check On Your Tire’s Pressure
When you next enter a gas station, walk over to the “Air” machine and examine the nozzle. The one end allows you to inflate your tires, while the other is usually a pressure gauge. Maintaining proper tire pressure will not only help you save money on gas, but it will also improve the overall performance of your vehicle.
55. Another Way Of Cleaning The Air Vents
The air vents in your car can become filthy and dusty over time. Cleaning them out, on the other hand, is simple. Pick up a foam brush (almost always for less than a dollar) at your local craft store and use it to easily remove all that hard-to-reach gunk. This is especially useful if you don’t have any paintbrushes on hand because it is less expensive.
56. Make Your Leather Seats Shine With This
Want to make your leather seat shine but don’t know how to? Believe it or not, what you need to make it shine can be found in your kitchen cabinet: olive oil. Polish in a circular motion with a microfiber cloth in VERY SMALL amounts. It is sufficient to do this once every two or three months; otherwise, a sticky build-up may occur.
57. Use This To Remove The Ice On Your Car’s Door
Alcohol can be used to unfreeze the locks on your car’s door, just like it can be used to remove ice from your windshield! Rubbing your key or door handle with a squirt of hand sanitizer will have the same effect. The alcohol in the hand sanitizer will melt the ice quickly, allowing you to get into your car.
58. How To Check The Level Of Fluids
Look in the manual that came with your car (remember that?) or go online to find where the levels for your oil, coolant, power steering fluid, and brake fluid are. You don’t need to know how to disassemble and reassemble a vehicle, but if things get tough, you should at least be able to check and adjust these fluids.
59. How To Escape A Sinking Car
A sinking car is one of the most terrifying situations to be in. Keeping your cool and following these simple steps, on the other hand, can make a huge difference. Before the car is completely submerged, roll down at least one window quickly to climb out or open a door. Second, make sure you can quickly release your seatbelt.
60. Check Your Engine Temperature
Another important thing that every car owner should be aware of is the temperature of their engine, both in terms of its current state and the temperature at which it should operate. Never assume that the fuel temperature warning light will save you in an emergency; most of the time, you’ve already got a major problem on your hands by the time it illuminates.
61. Refresh Your Wipers With This
No, we’re not suggesting that you take shots with your wipers, but clean wipers are essential for preventing streaks and scratches on your windshield. Cleaning your wipers with rubbing alcohol and a microfiber cloth is a cheap but effective way to keep them in good shape.
62. Other Use Of Your Glove Box
What to keep in your glove box is one of the most important tips that every car owner should know. Most people tend to keep their manuals and other documentation inside, but it actually serves a much more important purpose. The Roadside HERO and Ultimate Auto Emergency Kit, for example, are compact enough to fit directly into your vehicle’s glove box. This ensures that the items you require are always within easy reach of your arm.
63. Changing The Filter
Another important tip that every car owner should be aware of is not only where their filter is located, but also how they should be changed. This information may vary slightly depending on which vehicle you drive. Learning how to locate and adjust your filter, on the other hand, is an excellent way to improve the overall fuel quality of your vehicle, as it draws in more gasoline when your filter has to work too hard, resulting in a significant reduction in your average miles per gallon.
64. Your Phone As A Heads Up Display
Huddy is a dash mount for cars that uses your phone to display navigation information in your line of sight without obstructing your view. The navigation information from your smartphone will be displayed on a transparent digital display glass, transforming your car into a jet fighter cockpit. Details like current speed, navigation direction, traffic conditions, and so on can be displayed. It all depends on the app you’re using on your phone.
65. Make Note Of What Accessories You’d Keep
These are just a few of the numerous tips, tricks, and hacks that every car owner should be aware of. It is impossible to overstate the importance of being as prepared as possible for whatever life throws at you – especially if you are driving a car at the time. This is why it’s critical to keep track of any accessories or tools you keep in your vehicle. In order to ensure that you are always prepared for any situation
66. Don't Change Lanes During A Traffic Jam
We have all heard this at one point or another, and most of us have opted to ignore the claims, anyway. When you’re sitting in traffic, the last thing you want to do is sit helplessly in the same lane for an unknown amount of time. The idea sounds excruciating and your anxiety tells you that you may end up behind the hundreds of people in the lanes next to you. Instead of freaking out and swapping lanes constantly, studies have shown that you’ll actually get farther by staying in the same lane. We can’t verify the validity of this, but it does make sense that if you commit to one lane—instead of moving away every time it slows down—that you’ll more than likely get to move within that same lane, therefore, going much further than you would if you swapped and got stuck in a lane that also stopped.
67. Take Pictures Of A Car Before Renting It
This one seems like a no-brainer, but when you finally get to a car rental place, especially after a long flight, the last thing you ever think of is to take photos of the car before you take it off of the lot. It’s really smart to do so because it proves that you didn’t damage the car at all. It also helps for you to notice these scratches, dents, etc, beforehand because that way you can let the rental company know. They can choose whether or not they want to document this in their computers, but if you take extra precautions and snap a few photos then it will save you a lot of trouble (and money) in the long haul.
68. Hot Water & Newspaper Can Take Off Stickers Seamlessly
Have you ever had the brilliant idea of putting stickers on your car? After a while, they may have begun partially peeling off, or maybe they’re no longer a reflection of who you are anymore. Whatever your story may be, rest assured, you can remove any sticker without having to deal with the sticky residue that they all leave behind. Simply wet a newspaper with warm water and place it on top of the stickers for ten minutes. They should come off much easier, and you can even use a clean, microfiber cloth to remove whatever is left without scratching the glass.
It seems that there’s no way of avoiding the annoyance of having fogged up windows in your car. Thankfully, there’s an easy way to get rid of the moisture that doesn’t involve you having to blast hot air up against the dash.
Grab an old t-shirt and use it to create a little pocket for a bag of rice. Roll it up altogether and place it on the dashboard, and watch as it absorbs the moisture in your car. You can throw it in the microwave now and again to heat the rice up.
70. Boost the range of your remote alarm by holding it against your chin
Yes, this really works. The science behind it is actually quite simple. Your head is filled with fluids and fluids make for a good conductor. So when you put your key fob against your skull you turn your head into an antenna that can extend the range of your alarm. It won’t be very far and you won’t get more than 20ft of range out of it but it does actually work.
71. Suspend a cargo net from the ceiling
Hanging coats on the provided hooks blocks the windows. The net will act as a hammock for the coats. You could also hang your dry cleaning from the netting if you've got more than can fit on the handles.