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25 Useful Ways of Making your Driving Life Easier and Funnier

02 Aug 2015
25 Useful Ways of Making your Driving Life Easier and Funnier

To make your driving life easier, better and more enjoyable we suggest you in this article some really cool things that will let you save time and money and wil make you feel a modern Mcgyver who can make something from anything. Learn how to get profit from some original ways of using common things. 

1. Use minties as a temporary fix for a whole in your fuel tank.

Most of us always have some minties in the car. What a surprise to learn that they can serve as temporary fix if the fuel tank springs a leak. Before seeing your local mechanic, chew the mintie until it sticks to your teeth and with a rag wipe the area around the leak until it is as dry as possible and then apply the mintie.

2. Clean your car's cloudy headlights with Toothpaste.

Toothpaste (especially whitening) can clean foggy headlights. Apply toothpaste to the plastic lens cover with a cloth and thoroughly rub it in all over the lens. Then rinse off completely with clean water and dry. It always works!

3. Use a shoe as a cup holder.

If your car doesn't have the luxury of using inbuilt cup holders you may use one of your sneakers instead. By the gear shift or on the seat it will work perfectly giving your drink more stability. 

4. Use wet newspaper to get your registration sticker off.

When your registration ticket is out of date, but you can't get to take it off the glass, use warm water and place a newspaper over the rego sticker for 10 minutes. This lets the warm water penetrate the sticker and will almost fall off into your hands.

5. Use a staple remover trying to put a key on a key ring.

If you find it hard to get keys on a key ring without tearing up your fingers and finger nails, then use a staple remover as a helping technology. Put the teeth of the staple remover in between the two rings, then press down and watch them separate.

6. Use your seat warmer to keep hot your pizza.

Using a seat warmer in your car think of the fact that if you’re ever picking up pizza turn the seat warmer on for the drive home. The result, no were cold pizza.

7. Use half a pool noodle not to bang your car door in the garage wall.

This is a cheap and effective way to stop having to worry about how close your door is to the garage wall when getting in and out of your car. Cut the tube in half and either glue, nail or bolt the tube at the specific height your door meets the wall.

8. There’s an app that will never let you forget where your car is parked.

If you tend to forget where your car is parked then let your phone do the remembering for you. iParkedHere is a great app that allows you to input where your car is in an indoor parking lot or outdoor. It even utilises a GPS, image capture an notes if necessary.

9. Use the closest nail polish to remove small chips and scratches on the paint.

It's always a pity when we scratch the paint on the car by accident. It can be fixed however with nail polish. Of course it needs to be as close as possible to the car’s colour. This may be the only option if you’re unable to obtain or don’t own the particular colour from the manufacturer.

10. Use less fuel with a GPS that won't let you get lost.

It is widely known that if you don’t own a GPS you’re going to use more fuel because you’re more likely to get lost. Get a GPS and start saving your money.

11. Use a tennis ball hung at the back of your garage roof as a parking guide.

To start have your vehicle parked in the right position in the garage, not too close or too far from the back wall, male your self a parking guide from a tennis ball. Screwing a hook into a tennis ball and another hook into the roof of your garage above the middle of your windscreen, tie a string to each hook. The tennis ball should sit nicely in the middle of your windscreen and you'll never get wrong parking your car.

12. Use a plastic cereal container as a trash can.

Convert a plastic cereal container into a bin for your car, in order to store in it  papers, food wrappers and other waste that could prevent your car from becoming a bin through the time. Don’t forget to use a plastic bin liner so you don’t need to clean the container if any of your rubbish contains food or liquid.

13. Use tinted plastic as moveable shade.

Driving with the sun at a low angle when your visor can’t stop all the light coming through, is more than irritating. At times this can be dangerous as the light can temporarily blind you. One hack is to use moveable tinted plastic sheets. It's very effective to block some of that unwanted light and to give your eyes some relief.

14.  Use a mesh bungee hooked to your roof handles for extra storage.

Hook a mesh bungee net to the handles to use as extra storage. You can put anything up there (coats, hats, gloves etc) that you don’t want on your car floor. Most car roofs these days are curved so whatever you’re storing shouldn’t be in the backseat passengers line of site or block the drivers view out of the rear window.

15. To defrost windscreen in the morning, park your car facing east.

If you live in a place where frost is a big problem on winter mornings and leave your car parked outside, you should make sure you park your car facing east. As the sun rises in the east you’re using the suns warmth to defrost the ice on your windscreen rather than you having to stay outside in the cold and scrape it off yourself. With this trick you should be able to use your windscreen wipers to do the not so heavy lifting for you. 

16. Use a plunger to remove small dents.

If you have a small dent on one of your car panels you can use a plunger to try and get it out. When pulled back the suction of the plunger also pulls the dented part of the panel forward and back into place. 

17. Use a hand sanitizer to de-ice a car door lock.

If your car door lock not want to open in the winter it could be that it has seized due to moisture within it freezing overnight. A smart way to fix the problem is to use an alcohol based hand sanitizer. The heavy alcohol content breaks down ice very well and the squirt style bottles make it easy to inject the sanitizer into the lock to work it’s magic.

18. Use your car’s ashtray as a smartphone doc.

If your older model vehicle doesn’t have that many places to store stuff and especially nothing to fit your phone, some drivers found a way to utilise their car’s ashtray as a smartphone doc. 

19. Use a razor blade to clean your windscreen.

A simple but useful tool, a razor blade can be used to clean the windscreen anytime and anywhere effortlessly. Keep one stashed away in your glovebox and use it to scrape off any dirt or bugs that try to go through your windscreen. Plus you never know, it may come in handy for other situations.

20. Use a sticky pad on your dashboard to keep your gadgets in one place.

Keeping your gadgets in one place on your dashboard will be much easier with some sticky mats. The sticky mat is also perfect if you’re unable to mount your GPS to the windscreen.

21. Use a cassette adapter to be a Bluetooth adaptor for your phone.

Using a cheap cassette adapter and some bluetooth headphones you may create a bluetooth music hack .

22. Reroute your windscreen washer lines into the car and fill with water for drinks on demand.

Re-routing your windscreen washer lines into your car will give you water or any other beverage you wish to put in it on demand. But make sure that the container and washer lines are completely cleaned out. Some vehicles may use a specific detergent and not just water in the lines.

23.  Use Dual USB power through cigarette lighter.

Buying a dual USB charger for the cigarette lighter will not only save you money but if you or friends have devices they need charged, all that’s needed is it’s USB cable.

24. Use a pantyhose to replace broken fan belt.

If your fan belt is broken, you should necessarily call the nearest service centre. But if you’re in a situation where calling your nearest workshop is not possible, then you can replace a broken fan belt with stockings for a temporary fix. 

25. Use a magna doodle as a food tray to feed your kids on the go.

With young kids in the car, amagna doodle is a great drawing tool for giving them toys and to keep them quite . They’re also great for the busy family on the go that eat in the car. You can use the magna doodle as a food tray for younger children who would usually drop their food all over the place.




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