Essential tips for your car
Did you know that there are also tips and tricks for your car? For little money (and even for free), you can make your life easier: cleaning, repairs, parking and even storage. Here are 17 tips and tricks that you can use for your car and save money easily:
1. Clean the headlights with toothpaste
Toothpaste is a basic product that is found in all homes. But do you know that it is also effective in cleaning headlights? Just spread it on a piece of soft cloth and polish the headlights. They will shine like new in a few minutes, click here to find out how to clean your headlights with toothpaste.
2. Cool the car WITHOUT turning on the air conditioning
On hot days, your car can quickly turn into an oven. But there is a little trick to quickly refresh the interior of your car: – Lower one window of your car. – On the other side of your car, open and close the door 5 to 6 times. By opening and closing the door, the hot air will escape. At the same time fresh air will enter through the open window. The great thing about this tip is that you don’t need to waste fuel by turning the air conditioning on.
3. Use a rubber band as a smartphone holder
smartphone holder. But beware of road safety: this little trick is only for using the GPS function of your phone!
4. Increase the range of your auto beep with your chin
Here is a good tip if you can not find your car (this often happens in large parking lots). The technique is quite unusual, but it works particularly well: place the alarm beep on your chin (mouth open) to increase its range. The fluids will turn your head into a small antenna.
5. Seal cracks in the windshield with nail polish
Nail polish is useful for filling up cracks in your windshield. To prevent your cracks from spreading further, apply clear nail polish on both sides of the windshield.
6. Look at your fuel gauge to find out which side to refuel
If you are driving a new car or a rental car, you may not know which side the tank is on. Look at the gauge: there is usually an arrow indicating which side the tank is on.
7. Take a photo of where you park
It’s one of the best ideas on this list. Have you ever forgotten where you parked? Next time, use your smartphone to take a picture of where you parked: it will be easier to find it. You can also place a marker in Google Maps on your smartphone.
8. Hang a shoe rack on the back of the seat
9. Remove dents from the body with a suction cup
Use a vacuum cleaner to “vacuum” the bumps in your body. It works very well to repair medium sized bumps.
10. Polish your car with conditioner
After washing and drying your car, make it shine with conditioner. In addition, it will prevent the water from leaving traces of lime.
11. Use a coffee filter to clean the interior
Instead of buying cleaning wipes, try a coffee filter soaked in a little olive oil instead. You can also replace the olive oil with a cleaning product of your choice. Coffee filters are perfect as a cleaner because they do not contain chemicals (unlike drying veils).
12. Keep your pizza warm with the seat warmer
The problem with takeout pizzas is that they cool down before they get home. The solution: use the seat heater to keep them warm.
13. Hang a tennis ball on the garage ceiling to avoid banging the wall
To avoid hitting your wall or objects in your garage, there is a simple and ingenious trick. Just attach a tennis ball to a string. The tennis ball becomes a benchmark for where to stop when you park your car.
14. Unlock a frozen lock
When it gets really cold, car locks can freeze. Try applying a layer of hand sanitizer to your key. The disinfectant alcohol will melt the ice on the lock.
15. Convert a food box into a car trash can
Small car trash cans come in handy – especially for long trips. The easy solution: you can simply use a food box as a trash can.
16. Open the ring of your key ring with a staple remover
With this trick, more difficulties with the ring when you want to add or remove a key. It is enough to use a simple staple remover to open the iron wire of the ring.
17. Recycle a box of photo film to store your change
No more searching around for coins in your car. Photo film boxes are handy wallets for paying for the parking meter.