Imagine a day without your car. It can be frustrating, especially if you need to get to work, run an errand, or see your friends. We’re always on the move these days, and our cars help us get to wherever we need to be – from point A to B.
Some people enjoy driving; others don’t. Whether you have a short or lengthy drive, it’s important to make the time spent in your vehicle as pleasant as possible. Fasten your seatbelt and prepare to learn some useful hacks that will make you enjoy driving more.
Using a Penny to Gauge Tire Tread
Tires are one of the most crucial components of your vehicle, and they should be inspected on a regular basis. Treads that are heavily worn can cause dangerous driving conditions, and there are numerous ways to check them. Some tires have notches, but pennies help.
You can check tread depth with a penny. For this, we call on the great Abraham Lincoln! Turn Lincoln’s head upside down by placing a penny between the tread ribs on your tire. It’s time to replace them if you can see the top of Abe’s head.
No Cup Holder? No Problem!
Cup holders are common in most modern vehicles. If you have the latest ride, you may want to skip this. But wait, some of them are either too small or in an awkward position, making driving difficult. That’s why some drivers decided to use shoes to fix the problem.
Even though it’s one of the weirdest hacks on our list, it hasn’t stopped people from trying it. Since it’s the exact fit, a shoe can easily carry a cup, and if you are a sneakerhead, this hack is a terrific way to show off your collection.
Don’t Press Too Hard
With gas prices going over the roof, we’re sure this is one you’ll love. When it comes to pumping gas, most people go all-out because they feel it gets more out. But this isn’t the smartest way. Slowing down at the pump can save you money.
There are advantages to pressing the pump halfway. When you press it all the way down, more air bubbles can form, leaving less room for the actual gas. Slow down, and you’ll get more gas into your tank because you won’t be releasing as many air bubbles.
Use Baskets to Organize Your Trunk
Got problems with organizing your trunk? Yep, we’ve all been there. A disorganized trunk is one of the most common issues we face, which is a shame because it’s easy to organize. You’ll be surprised that all you need is a couple of baskets.
This will make your messy trunk appear neater. Baskets are exactly what you need if you use your trunk as a dumping ground and put items inside without a care in the world. They won’t solve all your problems, but they will make your trunk appear less cluttered.
Simple Hack if You’ve Got No Air conditioner
When it gets hot in the car, most people turn on the air conditioning. Unfortunately, not everyone has the luxury of air conditioning on their rides. Some do but prefer not to use it due to environmental reasons. And trust us, we support you 100%.
When it gets hot outside, you may be tempted to roll down your windows if you aren’t using the AC, but this isn’t always effective. It’s better to open the front windows while keeping the back ones closed, as the cool air will circulate much better.
Need Extra Space? Use a Mesh Bungee Net
For those who regularly need lots of extra storage, we’ve got something for you! Many features of our car, particularly the ceiling, aren’t being used to their full potential. You can use this component of your car as extra storage if you attach a mesh bungee net.
This tip can help you save lots of space, but there are a few things to remember. Make sure the mesh bungee net’s ends are securely tied to the car handles and don’t pack too many heavy items inside to prevent it from untying in the middle of your journey.
Use Glass Cleaner for the Wipers
There was a time when we all loved cleaning our cars – when we just got them. But safe to say that feeling wore off over time. As a result, it’s not surprising that several parts of our vehicles are usually neglected. This is especially a common problem with wipers.
They are surprisingly easy to clean and doing so increases their lifespan. After you’ve made sure your windows are spotless, use glass cleaner to wipe down your wipers. This will not only make them clean but also extend their durability and allow you to see the road more clearly.
Parking Just Got Better
Driving is all fun and games until you have to park. That’s when the real problem starts for many. And that’s why modern cars have parking sensors. They make things a lot easier, but quite frankly, not everyone can afford this luxury. But every car owner can afford a tennis ball!
Tennis balls? Yep, they can assist you in parking inside your garage in this situation. Choose a position on your garage ceiling exactly above your windshield and suspend a tennis ball there. You’ll know it’s time to stop if you hit it while trying to park.
Turn Your Face Toward the Sun
Frozen windshields are one of the biggest problems that every driver struggles with throughout the winter. Scraping ice or sitting in the car for more than 10 minutes waiting for it to clear is the last thing we want to do on a frigid winter morning.
But these aren’t the only options. Here’s a hack we think you’d like! During the winter, where you park your car might make all the difference. Make sure its front faces the rising sun so that most of the ice melts before you get in your car.
Get Carpet Scraps From Home Depot
It’s almost impossible to keep your car clean if you don’t use car mats. Try as you might, you’ll get some dirt in there. But even the car mats need to be replaced occasionally. You can always buy them at a conventional auto shop.
But if you like saving money like us, we’ve got a solution – Home Depot! Carpet scraps are great substitutes for car mats, and they’re much cheaper. They’re also about the same size as normal car mats. But don’t use them for the driver’s side because they don’t come with grips.
Keep Your Food Warm With Heated Seats
Do you ever get excited to eat your takeout only to see that it’s ice-cold when you reach home? Yes, we know that feeling because we’ve all been there. But don’t worry, we’re here to the rescue. Of course, you can always put it in the microwave.
But if your car has heated seats, you can skip all of that and eat your food immediately after you’re home. Simply place your takeaway on a heated seat, and it will be nice and warm when you arrive home. It will be ready to eat straight away!
Collect Dust With Olive Oil
Finding a car that isn’t dusty is nearly impossible and dealing with the issue is more difficult than you may think. Fortunately, one common home item, olive oil, is surprisingly excellent at collecting dust. Dust can be easily removed from your dashboard with olive oil.
Wiping it with a thin layer of olive oil can make your automobile shine and protect it from wear and tear. It’ll help you get the dust and grime off your car quicker than you thought! All car owners need olive oil on their rides.
Make Room for Groceries
If you go grocery shopping with your entire family or buy large quantities of items at once, fitting them all into your car can be a challenge. The trunk is usually filled up in such instances, and there’s no room on the car seats. Sound familiar?
No worries! Consider putting hooks to the backs of your car seats so you can hang grocery bags from them to save room. Keep in mind that unless the hooks are extremely sturdy, you should only hang lightweight bags from them to avoid breaking them.
Dashcams Keep You Covered
Even if you are completely confident in your driving ability, other drivers can cause several road problems. It’s tough to trust other drivers, which is why dashcams are so useful. Many insurance firms encourage using them because they capture everything that happens on your ride.
They’ll provide you with the hard evidence you’ll need in the event of an insurance claim, and they’re the way of the future. You can also use them to capture other things that happen on the road too, especially with law enforcement. You’re not a cop, but you need this!
Hand Sanitizer Can Unfreeze Keyholes
Many of us didn’t know what hand sanitizer was before 2020. Keeping hand sanitizer on you always became the new norm during the pandemic, but you’ll be surprised to learn it’s not just for keeping germs at bay. Hand sanitizer can also be used to unfreeze frozen keyholes.
During the chilly winter months, keyholes tend to freeze overnight, but this is an easy issue to overcome by using hand sanitizer. Due to its strong alcohol concentration, it will cut through frozen keyholes and help you in unlocking your stuck door. Who knew it was this useful, eh?
Your Homemade Air Freshener
You need to keep your car smelling fresh. It’s non-negotiable. And there’s a hack for that, too. When most people want their cars to smell nice, they buy car air fresheners, but their scent isn’t for everyone. It might be stuffy and can cause headaches.
There are numerous DIY options available. Scented candles properly sealed within mason jars are one of the best. This may appear to be a fire hazard, but you don’t need to light the candle; the wax will slowly melt in the sun, removing the musty odors from your vehicle.
A Trash Can for Your Car
We cannot stress this enough – it’s super important to keep your car clean. Things can quickly become untidy if you don’t clean your car every day. Unless you find a means to dispose of leftover candy wrappers, chip bags, and soda bottles, your vehicle will become a little landfill.
So, how do we get our very own car trash can? It’s simple. Use a plastic cereal box as a car trashcan instead of leaving junk lying around for weeks. Since your trash can might smell after a while, use a bin with a closeable lid.
Toothpaste and Headlights Work Well Together
Cleaning your headlights is one of the most ignored parts of your car maintenance, but it can make a huge difference. Your beams will be ineffective if they are too dirty. However, you don’t have to wash your entire car to get them clean.
And just like olive oil, there are other household items that are useful for your car. You can effectively defog your headlights using a little toothpaste. It will quickly clear the fog, and all you need to do is rub your headlights with toothpaste on a microfiber cloth.
Use Google Maps to Find Your Car
Google Maps has become a crucial part of most people’s journeys and day-to-day activities. But it’s about to be even more important. If the parking lot is small and well-marked, remembering where you parked your car is simple, but when it is large, things may get complicated.
Approximately one-third of drivers forget where they parked at least once a month, but advanced technology helps. When you’re leaving your car, drop a pin of your present location on Google Maps. You can use it to effortlessly navigate your way back to your car when you’re ready.
Close Gaps With Pool Noodles
Almost every car has countless small gaps that act as dust and grime magnets. Before you know it, these spaces are filled with dirt and grime. And those who eat in their cars will find food residue often. These holes are difficult to clean.
It is also difficult to remove little items that fall into them. This typical problem can be solved with pool noodles. Simply slide them into the annoying spaces between your car seats and cleaning up trash and dirt will be a lot easier.
Using a Staple Remover for Keys
Buying a new car is usually thrilling, but it also means you’ll have to update the keys on your keychain. Many people find this activity tedious since the fussy ring on their keychain makes it tough to remove one key and replace it with another.
If you’re having trouble with this, it’s time to use the staple remover trick. It will just take a few seconds to slide your stylish new key onto your keychain—all you have to do is keep the ring wide open with the teeth of a staple remover.
Use Socks to Keep Your Wipers Warm
Winter can be a tough time for car owners. It’s one of those times when you need to be extra meticulous. During chilly winter nights, several parts of your car, particularly the wipers, will become frosty. Most people simply concentrate on defrosting the windshield.
But if you don’t remove the ice, your wiper blades can damage the windows. Simply put socks on your wiper blades to avoid this problem. They may appear ridiculous, but they’re an excellent insulator and will make cleaning your windows on a chilly morning lot easier.
The Secret Key You Didn’t Know About
Car keys are gradually becoming obsolete, and they are being replaced by elegant fobs. Most modern cars have one. However, the problem is that they frequently run out of batteries. If this occurs, there’s no need to panic or take a break from driving until you replace them.
Trust us, your car’s maker was also aware that this is a common occurrence and had planned for it. Here’s a simple hack you didn’t know about: Most modern car fobs include a mechanical key that may be used to open your vehicle in an old-fashioned way.
The DIY Phone Holder
It’s almost impossible to find a driver who has never used their smartphone as a GPS. We’ve all done it at least once. Well, unless you’re a grandpa! But it can be tricky to drive and find your way if you can’t see your phone clearly.
It’s time to be creative if you can’t find a holder that suits both your car and your phone. Rather than buying a new holder, consider wrapping a rubber band around the vents in your console. It will keep your phone securely in place as you use it for directions.
Just Stick to the Speed Limits
Did you know the more you stick to speed limits, the better your chances of getting to your destination faster? When people are in a hurry, they often exceed the speed limit, but this isn’t an efficient solution to getting anywhere quickly. Sticking to the speed limit is safer.
And it’ll also help you get through traffic lights faster. Since they are programmed this way, traffic signal systems reward drivers who obey the speed limits. Speeding is a waste of time because you’ll get caught at the traffic signal regardless; therefore, it’s far better to drive steadily.
Increasing the Car Fob’s Range
Car fobs have made unlocking your car a lot easier because you can do it before you even get there. This innovation allows you to open your automobile door from a distance, but there are sometimes limits to the distance. Some people have tried to overcome the problem.
They’ve done this by keeping their keys near their chin. Although the science behind it is still unclear, you’re increasing the signal with your brain’s power, meaning you can increase its range. This happens because your body is filled with water, which allows electromagnetic waves to travel further.
Bungee Cord as Paper Towel Holder
It’s always a good idea to have some paper towels in your vehicle all the time because someone will spill something sooner or later. It’s even more important if you have kids. But leaving a paper towel roll free in your trunk isn’t a good idea because it can unroll.
So, the best thing is to find a way to keep it in place. You can attach the roll to a bungee cord for easier access. You’ll always know where it is and won’t have to waste time looking for it if someone spills something in your vehicle.
Use Cupcake Wrappers to Collect Cupholder Dirt
If you love grabbing a coffee on your way to work, please raise your hand. Yep, we love it too. You can’t even imagine a car without a cup holder again. But there’s a downside to this wonderful invention. It’s a magnet for dirt and food residue!
This is due to their small size and cleaning them can be a real pain. Place some paper cupcake wrappers inside your cup holders to avoid this problem. Instead of cleaning them, you can just discard them and replace them with new ones once they become dusty.
Use Humidifier Bags to Reduce Condensation
As we said earlier, winter can be tricky for car owners. Here’s another tip for the cold months. Even after you de-ice your windshields, you’ll have to deal with another typical issue: condensation. It happens when the warm air makes contact with a cold surface, and you can avoid it.
Your heating and air conditioning system can reduce the moisture in your car, but car dehumidifier bags can also help. They’re normally packed with silicone balls, but you can instead use a cotton bag filled with rice and place it on top of your dashboard to absorb moisture.
Keep Your Ride Fresh With Dryer Sheets
It’s tough to get a grip on all the little corners and gaps in your car that are magnets for debris and unpleasant odor. No matter how hard you try to keep your automobile fresh and clean, there’ll always be some dirt there. They’re difficult to reach.
So, you might not be able to figure out what’s causing the foul odor. Fortunately, you can freshen up your car by placing dryer sheets beneath your seats. Their pleasant, fresh aroma will help you to rid the musky stench in your vehicle without the need for a thorough cleaning.
Vinegar Helps for Frosty Windshields
Winter presents drivers with a whole new set of challenges. You can’t just get in your car and start it as you normally would because you need to de-ice it first. Frosty windshields are one of the most common problems, and there are a variety of techniques for defrosting them.
One of the most common methods is to use hot water, but if you want it to be more effective, you should also add vinegar to the mix. Simply pour the mixture into a spray bottle to uniformly melt the ice. It will melt the ice much more quickly.
Hide Scuffs With Nail Polish
No matter how well you maintain your vehicle, it will eventually succumb to wear and tear. Tiny scratches are difficult to avoid and having them repainted can be expensive. But maybe not as expensive as you may think. What you need is to cover them up with nail polish.
Use a nail polish that matches the color of your car as closely as possible to hide scratches, dings, and other minor flaws. You can keep the damaged area from getting larger and rusting over time by polishing it until you find a permanent solution.
Give Bumper Stickers the Hairdryer Treatment
Many car owners enjoy customizing their vehicles with bumper stickers, but this can be problematic when buying a pre-owned vehicle. You’ll probably want to get rid of any bumper stickers that don’t fit your style, but that’s easier said than done. Sometimes, the bumper stickers seem like they’re stuck forever.
And forcing them isn’t a good idea because it might disfigure your bumper. If the bumper stickers on your used car just won’t come off, try using a hairdryer to remove them. The heat will soften the glue, making it much easier to pull off bumper stickers.
Finding the Gas Tank
If you’re a new driver, it may take some time to find out how to operate certain basic functions in your vehicle, such as pumping the gas. You may find it difficult to locate the gasoline cap at first, but all you need is to understand this trick.
We’re sure things will become much easier. Keep an eye out for the arrow next to the gas icon on the dial, which indicates which side the gas tank is on. When you’re renting a car and aren’t sure where the gas tank is, this method comes in handy.
Using Toilet Plungers to Fix Dents
There’s nothing more irritating than having your car dented by careless drivers. Repairing dents can be very expensive, but there is a DIY alternative that you should try before heading to the mechanic. When it comes to removing dents, a toilet plunger can be quite useful.
Stick it in the middle of the dent and pull as hard as you can several times until the dent is evened out. We’re not saying this is a permanent solution, but it’s a quick fix. No one will notice until you’re ready to get a permanent fix.
Make Your Life Easier With a Garage Door Opener
Do you know how it feels when you get home from a long day at work, ready to relax, only to learn you can’t park your car immediately because you have no idea where your garage door opener is? We’ve all been there, but there are a few things to try.
Connect the push button to your car’s remote to make things easier or hire a professional to do it for you if it sounds too difficult. It won’t take long, and it’s not too expensive – although prices depend on the level of sophistication.
Pool Noodles to the Rescue
Pool noodles may appear to be entirely useless, but we’ve already established that they can be used to fill gaps in your car – and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. They can also be used to keep your car safe when parking in a small garage.
Cut the noodles as needed and connect them to the walls in such a way that they cover the areas where your car regularly hits the wall. This way, your vehicle and walls will be safe, and you won’t have to worry about unpleasant bumps.
Fixing Dents With Hot Water
You are already aware that a toilet plunger can be used to restore dents in your car, but this isn’t the only hack for this damage: Hot water can also help with little dents on your car, and it’s much easier than using a plunger.
Pour hot water on small dents on your vehicle, pop the dent out from the inside, and then spray the area with cold water to help it set faster. Since this approach only works on little dents, don’t expect it to work on larger ones.
Increase Weight During the Chilly Months
Oh, look! Another issue with winter (eye roll). Driving in the winter presents us with several problems, and it might feel dangerous at times. But, well, we need to drive. Creating enough friction between the tires and the icy roads can be impossible, but there’s a simple trick you can try.
Adding weight can make your winter journeys a little safer. It is possible to add weight to your trunk. However, this method is only effective for rear-wheel-drive vehicles. Please remember that this is only a short-term fix because having the correct tires is far more crucial.
Get Your Car a Swivel Tray
Eating in your car can be messy, but we all do it, don’t we? If you continue to do it every day, do everything you can to keep your car clean and safe. And you don’t have to clean every day. So, we suggest a car swivel tray.
This product, which has a non-slip surface, adjustable handle, and spinning design, is a major hit on Amazon. And we can see why. In addition to serving as a food tray, it can also serve as storage for your phone, wallet, keys, and other valuables.
Get Yourself Some Windshield Covers
If, as a car owner, you go through winter without losing your mind, you deserve some accolades. If you don’t want to scrape ice off your windshield every morning, it’s time to invest in some decent snow and ice covers. They will make the winter months much more tolerable.
They can help you quickly remove snow and ice. Sukuos, OxGord, and AstroAI are just a few of the well-known brands available. Whatever you choose, make sure the size fits your car and consider choosing a type with mirror coverings, as they can also become frosty.
Spray WD-40 on Your Weatherstripping
The main purpose of weatherstripping is to protect your ride from rain and snow. But things can get tricky once it starts to fail. Instead of replacing the seals immediately, you can use WD-40 to solve the problem. But remember, this is only a temporary solution.
Spraying WD-40 on your weatherstripping and rubber car door seals can keep them soft for longer and prevent them from drying and breaking. Do it once a month, especially if the weather is harsh because cracking is more likely in the winter. And remember, winter is coming.
Check Your Engine Light
Nowadays, several tools and apps can make our lives easier. You’ve probably never heard of an auto code reader, which is why you head to the technician at the first hint of problems. You can use this handy diagnostic equipment to check the engine light on your own.
This gadget is also known as an OBD2 scanner, and you don’t even have to buy it separately to use it. Many phone apps can help you turn your smartphone into an auto code reader. Some examples are OBD Car Doctor and Torque OBD2.
An Easy Way to Remove Pet Hair
Taking a ride with your pets can be an enjoyable experience. But wait until you see the mess they have left behind. It’s nearly impossible to take them for a ride without having to deal with their hair for days—or weeks—but that doesn’t have to be the case.
Our Yorkshire Terrier and Bichon Frise friends will understand this better. If you’re going to drive with your pets, spray some water on the seats first. After the ride, use a squeegee to easily remove the hair because it will collect in a clump.
A Homemade Wiper Fluid
Methanol, which is toxic to the environment, is commonly found in commercial windshield wiper fluids. So, we understand why many people refuse to buy these products. We have a duty to protect our planet. If you don’t want to buy it, you won’t have any trouble finding a substitute.
That’s because it’s rather easy to make at home. You’ll just need one cup of white vinegar, two cups of isopropyl alcohol, two tablespoons of liquid dish soap, and three quarts of water. To make your homemade windshield wiper fluid scent nicer, add some essential oil to the mix.
Use Shower Caddies to Organize
Shower caddies are great for keeping toiletries organized, but it turns out that they have more uses than that, especially for car owners. They can also be used as a car organizer, particularly for sorting out smaller objects and storing them all in one spot.
Fabric shower caddies can be attached to the backs of your seats, allowing your fellow passengers to store everything they need inside. This tip is especially beneficial when traveling with children, who are prone to misplacing items inside the vehicle. Everything will be in one place now.
Polish Your Car With Hair Conditioner
A hair conditioner is great for keeping your hair soft and lustrous, but did you know it can also help your car? If you’ve never tried using hair conditioner to polish your car, now is the time to do it because it’s an effective and inexpensive alternative to car wax.
You can remove water stains with a hair conditioner, and your car will have a quick gloss. It’s a quick fix you can use every now and again, but keep in mind that it’s not a replacement for wax. You’ll still need wax to maintain your car’s external paint.
Clean Seats With Baking Soda
Baking soda is great to have around the house (and car) for many reasons. Your car will smell from time to time and cleaning it with water will not solve the problem. To clean your seats, you can use anything from club soda to laundry detergent.
But baking soda is far more effective. Instead of driving your car to a car wash, mix baking soda and water, apply it over your seats, and leave it to dry for 30 minutes to a few hours. This process will help you in removing odors and tough stains.
Eradicate Bugs With Cooking Spray
If you know you’ll be traveling through a bug-infested area; you’ll need to find a plan to keep bugs from sticking to your vehicle. These bugs may appear harmless at first, but if not removed promptly, they can cause irreversible damage to your car’s paint.
And they’re so stubborn because sticky bugs can be difficult to get rid of. However, cooking sprays like Pam can help. Simply spray some on your windshield, radiator grill, or any other bug-infested surfaces and wipe them away with a microfiber cloth. And just like that, your car is fresh!