Car Hack Classics
Have you ever found yourself completely at a loss with a problem, only to find out later that the simple solution was within your grasp the whole time? In this installment of our weekly blog, we will be covering some useful car hacks to keep you and your car in good condition with ease.
Salt/Cat Litter in Your Trunk: This tip has been known for years but is always worth reiterating. Having a bag of salt or cat litter in your trunk can help when dealing with ice or snow-covered roads in at least two ways. Spreading these things in the path of your vehicle will help your treads start to gain traction. If you have an RWD the extra weight in the trunk can give your vehicle a better chance of pushing your wheels into the slippery surface. It should be noted that if you have a FWD the weight will not help you.
Check Tire Treads With a Penny: This is an easy and cost-effective way to check the treads on your tires. Stick a penny into the different treads on a tire, Lincoln head down, and if you can see where the top portion of his forehead meets his hairline or the words “In God We Trust” you need to replace your tires sooner rather than later.
Caddy/Shower Organizer: Having trouble keeping your car’s interior organized? Can’t seem to find that window scraper under the passenger seat? Have no fear a solution is here! Adding a simple caddy or shower organizer to the back-seat area of your car will save you hours of awkward searching.
Foam Pool Tubes: This is a simple trick we just learned recently had to share with you. Take a small foam pool tube, measure out the distance between the center console and your seat, cut the foam to fit that and enjoy never losing things in-between the front seats again. You can thank us later.
Trash Can: While we’re talking about vehicle clutter let’s take a look at the other thing under your seat, trash. Keeping a small trash can or reusable trash bag in your car will take care of all those wrappers, bottles, receipts, and random bits. Some suggestions for different containers to use for this are reusable cereal containers, grocery bags, small Tupperware, and plastic organizers.
Dash Cam: Having a dashcam in your car can save you tens of thousands of dollars and hours of dealing with insurance companies. We have all seen dashcam videos of people jumping on a car trying to get hit for the insurance money or an incredibly irresponsible person on the interstate weaving through traffic. Make sure you are ready for those situations with a dashcam that is automatically recording as soon as you turn the car on.
Mason Jar Candle Combo: Sick of those awkward clip-on vent air fresheners? Tired of hanging tiny scented trees that never last as long as they say they will or spraying scent chemicals under your car seats? Trying to find a use for that last bit of candle after the wick has died out? We have a solution for you. Find a glass container (we suggest a mason jar) and start putting unused bits of wax in it. Keep the jar open in a cup holder and as your car begins to heat up, the wax will slowly release a smell of your choice. As long as you keep an eye on the jar and add more wax when necessary this trick will last you as long as you want.
Windshield Ice Prevention: Few things are more frustrating in the morning then having to deal with frozen windshields. If you know there is a chance that the night ahead will bring frost to your area try applying a mixture of 75% water and 25% vinegar to your windshield. The acidity in the vinegar will prevent ice from forming. It should be noted that this trick should be avoided if you have cracks in your windshield as it could lead to more damage.
As always thank you for taking the time to read our blog! If you have any questions, comments, or car hacks feel free by letting us know below or by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Have a great day and drive safe!