When you own a car, you spend a lot of time in it, and probably even consider it to be much like a second home. You want it to look as good as possible and work as well as possible, avoiding any of the annoyances that occur whilst on the road to make your journey as simple and enjoyable as possible.
For some issues, of course, it is necessary to contact us, the professionals at In Town Automotive, to sort them efficiently and effectively. However, we have put together a few simple car hacks which will make your driving life much easier in the future. You can thank us later…
Brighten your headlights
There’s nothing worse than dirty, misty headlights with stains and marks all over. Not only do they make your car look shabby and old, but they can also make your headlights dull, decreasing your visibility at night.
You probably think your only option is to fork out another lot of money for your car and invest in some headlight cleaner. However, this is not your only option. Your toothpaste is not only for cleaning your teeth, but it can also be used to clear up your headlights.
All you will need to get started is some regular toothpaste, a cloth or any old rag and some water, and then put in some elbow grease and scrub until all the dirt is gone.
However, if your headlights are in a terrible condition, it can be the case that not even a headlight cleaning kit will suffice; instead, it is sometimes necessary to get them fully restored by a professional, who will be able to make them look brand new again.
Avoid misty windows
It can be a potential hazard when the insides of your windows mist up suddenly, making it a struggle for visibility. You may have thought that the only way to keep mist at bay is to invest in some expensive anti-fog spray. However, there is a much cheaper and effective way to control the situation.
To keep your windows from fogging up, clean a potato, cut it in half and rub the cut side on the windows, then leave to dry without touching.
Get through traffic quicker
Everyone wants to get where they need to go as quickly as possible when driving in heavy traffic, but if you’re not sure which lane to go in to get to your destination as quickly as possible, follow the lorries on the road. They usually have contact with other lorry drivers and traffic observers, who tell them which lanes to avoid and which will get them to places faster.
As well as following lorries in terms of traffic and lanes, it is also advisable to slow down if you notice that a lorry slows down suddenly. They are often advised on the best route to take and know when they need to slow down for certain roads, so instead of trying to overtake, slow down as well.
Extend your key fob range
When you’re stuck in the middle of a massive car park and have lost your car, it’s always a good idea to get your key fob out and use the flashing lights and noise of locking and unlocking to locate your car. However, as time goes on and your battery becomes less effective, you may have noticed the range of your key fob getting smaller and smaller.
With this simple trick, there is a way to extend the range of your key fob. It has been proven that the fluids in your body extend the range of the key fob for your car, so place the key fob underneath your chin and the range will become more extensive.
This trick is also a great hack for when you start walking away from your car and wonder whether or not you have locked it.
Create more cup holders
In a car, there are always too few cup holders for what you need. Either that or the ones you have are already used for storing keys and rubbish or are the wrong size, prone to spillages when you go round a tight corner or over speed bumps.
However, there is a way round this problem. You can create another cup holder by using a shoe. This is the perfect place and size to store your cups, making sure there are no spillages on your journey.
Protect your windscreen from broken wiper blades
Wiper blades are constantly in need of replacing from being broken and damaged in bad weather. If you are waiting to replace an old or broken windscreen wiper, the metal arm could scratch the windscreen glass, causing the glass to look old and need replacing too, which is a much more expensive investment.
However, there is a way to fix this issue whilst you are waiting to get them sorted by a professional. Grab an old pair of tights and wrap them tightly around the windscreen wipers. This will add an extra thick layer to the wipers, and without causing any problems with the motion, you will protect the glass from being ruined.
Whilst this is a temporary solution, it is important to remember that they will need to be fixed by a professional as soon as possible to stay safe when driving.
Get rid of motion sickness
Motion sickness can make any journey feel like a lifetime, but as unpleasant and persistent as it is, there are a few ways you can avoid it. The first is to take control by driving yourself, as this will make it less likely to for to get travel sickness in the first place.
Another trick to try is to tilt your head to the side on the onset of travel sickness; some people say this makes the nauseous feeling go away.
It can also be effective to watch what you’re eating and drinking before you embark on your journey. Make sure to avoid any alcohol, or any foods and drinks which make you feel bloated or are unusual or you. Some people also say ginger helps to ward off any feelings of travel sickness, so try taking some just before the journey.
It is also important to sit where is less likely for you to get travel sickness on the mode of transport you are using. For example, on a plane, the middle is the place where the least turbulent occurs, and on a train, it is best to sit on the forward facing seats.