Driving a car is quite a pleasurable experience. Many people around the world spend more than half their lives on the road and yet there are many features of a car that not all the people are aware of. Sometimes, things can go wrong when you are on a drive and you should know the basics of fixing the common faults in your car. You’d be surprised to know that there are many people who do not even know how to change a tire. In order to help everyone, we have collected a few hacks that will help you out when you are out for a drive.
Car Owners With Kids
It can be pretty tough to keep kids’ essentials in sight and within reach in a car. To save yourself the stress of searching frantically for the cream container or diapers hidden in a corner, a shower organiser does the trick. Simply attach it to any of the front seats, and insert the objects in the spaces. The shower storage achieves a twin purpose of keeping the baby essentials organised and easy to reach. Need something? You know where to check. A simple hack useful both for long-term and new car owners.
Car Repair Hack
When a car breaks down, some mechanics use the avenue to extort owners by claiming multiple damages. Since most car owners are not professionals in this field or have no knowledge of car repair, mechanics play on this. To prevent this, ask the mechanic about a part of the car you know functions well. It could be two parts. Ask innocently as if looking for answers. The response determines if the mechanic is quite honest about the car’s fault or looking to extort you. A simple but effective car hack.
How to Remove Old Car Stickers
Stickers are pretty, but over time start to appear old or even boring. Removing them is tedious and tacky as the glue holds stickers strongly to the window, therefore the surface is messed when removed. To avoid this, get a piece of newspaper. Soak it in warm water and paste it over the stickers for about 10 mins. After the suggested duration, the sticker would come off easily and neatly leaving no mess behind. Adhere strictly to this hack, avoid pouring hot water on the windshield of a car to avoid damages.
Keeping Paper Towels Clean and Accessible
Some cars come with spaces to put paper towels. Well, this hack applies to cars without one. So here it goes. Firstly, you have to get a covered coffee cup. On the lid, create a slice of opening (if one isn’t present). Use this to store paper towels and pull some through the opening on the lid. It’s a simple and easy-to-achieve car hack. It keeps the paper towel clean, and it can be placed in an accessible part of the car.
How to Make a Simple Smartphone Holder
On the vent of a car, you can create a smartphone holder with just a rubber band. Yes, that simple and cheap. As the image suggests, simply put a piece of a rubber band or two pieces for better grip. Run it behind the vent and ensure the two ends are hanging out. Any time a smartphone needs to be hanged, put it between the edges hanging out. This car hack is cheap, effective, and fits all sizes and shapes of devices. Often, it’s used in the absence of a proper smartphone holder.
Car Parking Hack for Amateurs
For new car owners who just got a license may find it difficult to park accurately. To get the balance right, get a tennis ball or any small but brightly colored object. Tie any of these above the car so that it’s close to the windshield. By doing this, whenever it’s time to park, the hanging ball or object indicates the parking is accurate and the driver shouldn’t go any further. The object should be fixed when the car is well parked to get the correct parking axis.
Cleaning Hard to Reach Areas of a Car
Car cleaning, especially when it’s done as DIY can be stressful without the right tools. In the interior of a car, some vents accumulate dust and may be hard to reach to properly clean them out. Without purchasing any sophisticated tool, a paintbrush will do an amazing job. The size of the paintbrush is perfect to fit in small spaces and with the tip of the brush, such areas are cleaned easily. There goes a simple car hack that is easy to copy. An appropriate paintbrush is not difficult to find. You may even have purchased one.
The “Preparedness” Car Hack
This is more of preparing for unforeseen occurrences than a hack. Get a box, then fill it with survival items; spare cell phone, first aid kit, bottled water, and canned foods. Should you get trapped in your car or have to flee a certain place with your car, the survival or emergency box keeps you going. While many may see it as old-fashioned, this is a life-saving hack that has saved countless lives. It doesn’t hurt to try it out. Common suggestions for this practice are to replace the edibles that can expire regularly.
Increasing the Range of the Car Key Fob
Perhaps due to distance, interference, or the range of a car key, it may be impossible to lock or unlock a car from a long range. There’s an effective hack that can help you increase the range of the car key fob. Place the car key to the chin and engage any button. By doing this, the range of the fob increases — just like that! The way this works is simple logic; by placing the key close to the chin, the brain waves increase the range of the fob to cover more distance than it would normally.
Check Tires With Coins
Popularly called the penny test, this coin test is cheap and effective in checking the condition of a tire. To use a penny, get one with the famous Lincoln facing downwards. By placing the coin downwards, its length helps to check the grip of a tire. Check for the lines on a tire placing the coin downwards and check if the tread gets to the forehead of Lincoln. If it does, then the tire is in excellent condition. If just the tip is covered or before the head of Lincoln engraved on it, then it’s time to replace the tires.
Electric Car Lock Hack
Contemporary designs of cars now come with electric locks that replaced the traditional keyhole common in most cars. So, what if an individual is locked out without access to the electric unlocking device? Here’s a saving hack. At the handle of such a car, the edge is usually fitted with a manual keyhole. Lift the handle and beneath is a lock to use as an alternative. Surprising right? Not many are aware of this huge time-saver. So, there goes another helpful hack.
Protecting Wipers and Windshield From Ice
In the coldest winter with intense snowing, the car parked in the open gets covered with enormous ice. To avoid this, try this car hack. For the wipers, get a pair of socks and stick the wiper in each sock. For the windshield, nylon would suffice since getting a sock to fit the size of the windshield would be impossible. Using these coverings, the windshield, and wipers are free of the effect of the snow. And you get to save time melting the ice every time before heading out.
How to Refresh the Smell of a Car
Due to many reasons, a car becomes unpleasantly smelly. To remove the smell simply, purchase a dry sheet. Place the dry sheet under the car seat. In time, the fresh smell of the sheets permeate the car from beneath and refresh the interior. This is practiced in combination with airing out the car at intervals. Pending when you can get a thorough car wash, this hack is a good way to keep a car well scented. It’s cheap, easy, and the pleasing scent circulates fast. A brilliant car hack!
The Car Park Hack
Once or twice, perhaps numerous times you have parked in a crowded parking lot and found it difficult to spot your vehicle when leaving. With this hack, a car owner won’t have to search endlessly in a parking lot. When a car is parked, use a smartphone to capture the area of the car park. Firstly, at the immediate spot, and secondly on the path that a driver takes out of the car park. On returning, the image helps the driver to quickly and easily locate the vehicle without stress.
The Car Cooling Trick
The summer heat can be unbearable without AC in a car. But here’s a car hack to reduce the burning heat that makes the car hot; rolling down the windows! That seems obvious right? Everyone does that, but not the right way. The common way is to roll all the windows down and expect the temperature to reduce. However, this isn’t really effective. Roll the first two windows and keep the rear ones closed. Cool air circulates better using this approach. So, the next time the heat is scorching, remember just two windows are enough.
Car Moisture Absorption Hack
Moisture in the car becomes annoying after accumulating and impacts driving negatively. Regular wiping is an option but this car hack ensures moisture doesn’t accumulate at all. A shirt or piece of cloth will do the trick. As shown in the image, get a piece of cloth in any shape of choice, and create a pocket for it. Fill the pocket with rice. The rice absorbs the moisture and keeps the dashboard dry at all times. At intervals, dry up the rice in a microwave and keep using it.
Car Cleaning Hack
Keeping the interior of a car clean is as important as the effort put into the exterior. A cheap way to do this is by getting coffee wipes. Coffee wipes are inexpensive compared to other cleaning tools. Keep a couple of coffee wipes in the car and when the need arises, use the wipes to clean up the interior neat and tidy. To purchase these wipes, visit a convenience store and get hundreds for a cheap price. Simply use and dispose of them. It’s an inexpensive car cleaning hack that can be done by every car owner — no technical knowledge required.
Removing Car Stickers (Alternative Hack)
As considered earlier, here’s another hack to remove stickers without stress. Using a hairdryer! Let’s face it, car stickers are beautiful but may become a mess over time. To remove the sticker, get a hairdryer, then apply the heat on the stickers for some time to soften the adhesion. After applying heat, the stickers become easy to peel off the car without leaving a mess behind. This a DIY method of removing stickers without employing the service of a professional. There goes another car cleaning hack to add the long list.
Car Cup Holders Hack
Cup holders in a car get dirty easily and require frequent vacuuming. Constant vacuuming is easily avoided by using this hack. For this car hack, use cupcakes cups. Get any color of choice and place them in all the cup holders in the car. Dirt drops inside the cups instead of the holders directly. The cupcake cups are easy to dispose of or replace as the car owner deems fit. Besides dirt collection, the cups likewise prevent quick rust formation in the holders.
The Exclusive Seat Warmer Hack
With this hack, a car owner might become a pizza delivery individual. It’s an exclusive hack because only individuals with seat warmer can perform the hack. It works best when there is a pizza in the car and there’s a delay. To prevent the pizza from getting cold, put it on a seat and put it on the seat warmer. The warmer ensures the pizza stays warm until the journey is over. Perhaps it’s time car owners with the seat warmer start making deliveries.
The Garage Door Opener Hack
The odds are you have ended up searching frantically for the garage remote once or a couple of times. This garage door opener hack is achieved by fixing the opener right in the car. With the push of a button, the door opens. No hassle, no stress, and certainly no “misplaced remote.” However, unless you are familiar with electrical works, a professional should fix it for proper functioning. Though not a DIY hack, it’s still a hack that saves the stress of searching for a garage remote or trying hard to ensure it’s within reach.
Hack for a Narrow Car Garage
For car owners with a narrow garage, opening the car door in such tight spaces can result in scratches. To prevent this, here’s a good hack. Get a long pool noodle, then attach it to the wall of the garage. When the doors are opened, they rest on the softness of the foam not directly on the wall. And as such, car scratches are avoided. Depending on the length of the garage, a good length of pool noodle may be needed. Just as depicted in the image, there’s no need to fill the wall with foam, a sizeable strip will do.
The Dash-Cam Hack
The dash-cam hack is less of a car hack and more of a contingency plan for a road accident. If a driver is involved in an accident, the camera can serve as evidence. The cam captures and records events as they happen and it can be examined for investigation or as proof. Unlike the rearview cam that allows smooth navigation when reversing, the dash-cam is a bit different since a driver sees through the windshield what the cam displays. This could count as another car hack that needs a professional fix.
The Winter Season Driving Hack
Driving in winter exposes car owners to dangers that may cause accidents. To reduce the chances of cars sliding across the road, here’s the winter season hack to use. Get water softener salt bags and place them at the edge of the trunk. This is to give the tires an extra load to carry. The car becomes heavy and not lightweight, and this reduces the probability of sliding on a snow-filled road. Note that it has little effect on front-wheel-drive cars.
Storage Hack for Cars With Small Trunks
Vehicles with small trunks are hard to fit with lots of things. Imagine buying excessively at a mall and the trunk can’t take it all. The storage hack requires getting a hanger. The grocery hanger is attached to the back of any of the front seats. The large part hanging down is designed with spaces to put in items of different sizes. A simple and straightforward way to shop big without worrying about the space of the trunk. Try this hack on the next grocery shopping.
The Pool Noodles Car Hack
It’s common to misplace an item in the car without being able to retrieve it. It could be an engagement ring or an article of worth that falls into some corners of the car. These tiny spaces swallow objects and one may not find the item or be able to go through an arduous process to find it. To avoid this, get pool noodles and fix them in the open spaces. This reduces the chance of misplacing objects in a car. Objects that drop on the pool noodles are easy to retrieve.
Hacks to Keep a Car Clean
Imagine a car with all nooks and crannies filled with candy wrappers and litters, certainly not a pleasant sight. To keep the car clean, this “food container hack” is a perfect solution. Get a food container which is usually sizeable. Place it at the corner of the front seat. It serves as a waste bin to dispose of dirt till you can empty the content. This hygienic hack is quite easy to create and it saves a car from getting riddled with wastes that may become smelly over time. Try this out, it’s worth it.
The Makeshift Mat Car Hack
Not all cars come with mats. Rather than frequently cleaning the car floor, the makeshift mat car hack is an ideal approach to keep the car clean and spend less time and effort cleaning. Purchase any mat of choice and place it on the floor of the car. When people come in, the mat takes the dirt. Simply clean the mat as necessary and put it back. This hack saves the face of the car floor.
Recognising the Side of Car With Fuel Tank
It may be quite frustrating to know which side of the car has the fuel tank. Imagine driving into a filling station only to discover the tank is at the other end. On the dashboard of any car, there is always a way to know the side of the car where the tank is located. On the dashboard where the gas gauge is indicated, check the fuel tank image on it, just beside the image is an arrow indicating the side of the car the pump is located.
How to Conceal Scratches
Oh! How numerous the applications of nail polish. It’s not surprising nail polish works wonders in concealing scratches on a car. A scratch, little as it may be, can ruin the sleek look of a vehicle’s body. Instead of spending a lot on repainting, simply get transparent nail polish. The transparency of the polish blends well with all colors. Put some on the scratched surfaces. It conceals the marks making it invisible. Note, however, that this works for little scratches. A large peel-off requires painting to effectively remove the blemish.
Cooling Down a Car Quickly
In the intense summer heat, expelling heat from a car may be difficult especially for cars without air conditioners or cars with a broken one. To remove heat quickly, use this simple yet effective hack. Fully open the front windows of the car. Next, move to the other door then open and close it repeatedly. Keep doing this for a few minutes to expel as much heat as possible. Opening all the doors may seem like the best approach but this hack works better and faster than imagined.
How to Soften a Frozen Car Key Whole
Deep in the winter, one of the downsides of owning a car especially when parked outside, is a frozen car lock. Inserting a key in a frozen car keyhole is impossible. To melt the ice, get a hand sanitiser (there’s so much around these days), put a few drops on the hole, and ensure it gets into the hole. Alternatively, put some on the key and use it to apply the gel. The alcohol present in the hand sanitiser hastens the melting of the ice. After a few more drops and waiting for some minutes, the lock becomes accessible.
The Simple Car Headlight Cleaning Hack
Toothpaste somehow found its way to become a useful fluid in headlight cleaning. There are special fluids designed to thoroughly wipe stains off the headlights of a car but when this becomes difficult to find, toothpaste suffices. Get a brush and apply the toothpaste on the headlights and leave it for some minutes. Then rinse it off. The components of the toothpaste effectively wipes out thick stains. Use this hack as an economic approach. Or when the ideal fluid has been fully used, the toothpaste hack is an excellent alternative pending the purchase of the ideal cleanser.
Blocking Off Sun Penetration Into the Car
When the sun is overhead, it penetrates right through the screen into the car. The brightness can be blinding. To block off this ray, use plastic sheet screens. Visit a store to purchase a plastic sheet or screen. The plastic sheet glues automatically to the screen and the color blocks off the sharp ray of the sun. Alternatively, use films utilised in greenhouse projects. For this, however, scotch tape is necessary to fix the film to the screen firmly. A simple and easy hack.
Repairing a Dent on the Car
Dents ruin the beauty of a car. Instead of spending on repairs, this car hack does the trick. All that’s required is effort and a suction tool like a plunger. This kind of toilet equipment is the perfect DIY tool for removing dents on a car. Place it over the dent and pull out with force. Do it over the dents repeatedly to even out the surfaces. Since getting a perfectly smooth surface is difficult, it’s best to take enough time and patiently even out the surface of the car. It’s a simple car repair trick worth giving a shot.