10 Simple Hacks Every Driver Should Know

Owning a car is serious business. This is the vehicle you use to get from point A to point B. You use it to carry your things and to go on fun drives around town, or around the country. All of these are great, but having a car isn’t something you should take lightly. Maintenance can be quite costly, let alone the fact that you’ll have to take care of it and make sure everything is going smoothly.

Whatever problem you may run into with your car, there's always a solution. You can have an easier time owning your car, by using things you have around your house. That’s why we’re here to help you, by sharing some things that will be useful.

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10 Ashtray Phone Holder

These days, it’s a lot more likely that drivers actually use phones in their cars, instead of smoking in a closed space. That’s why you’re probably not using your ashtray, and think it’s fairly useless. But with this hack, you can start using that ashtray in a new way that’s going to be very helpful. If you don’t want to invest in a phone holder, you can open up your ashtray, put your phone in there, and connect it with your stereo.

9 Fix Car Dents

No matter how careful you are, you can always end up with a dent on the side of your car. Once you see it, the only thing on your mind is going to be how to fix it. Luckily, we have a hack that will fix this problem without chipping away the paint on your car. Just warm up some water and then pour it over the dent. Next, you can use a plunger to stick it on the dent and gently pull at it until it’s fixed.

8 Where's Your Gas Tank?

There’s plenty of people out there that know different car hacks, tips or tricks, but not everyone knows about this. If you keep forgetting what side is your gas cap on, all you need to do is look at the dashboard. There is an arrow (or needle) in the gas gauge.  The arrow (or needle) is actually pointing to the side where the gas cap is located. So now you know, and there’s no need to panic the next time you pull up to the gas station.

7 Keep Your Groceries Safe

These days, there are hundreds of thousands of car accessories that can help you spice up your car, save up on space, and even organize it. But our favorite, by far, is the one that helps you get all your groceries home in one piece. These hooks go on the back side of the front seats and you can hang several pounds of grocery bags on them! Say goodbye to the cracked eggs and crushed snacks, and say hello to a lot more room.

READ MORE: 13 Parents Who Have No Idea How Car Seats Work

6 Open Your Key Ring

Who would have thought that a staple remover could be used for more than just removing staples? Apparently, someone came up with this genius idea where you don’t have to hurt yourself anymore when you put a new key on your key ring. The teeth of the staple remover are thin enough to slide between the rings, which makes opening up the key ring a lot easier. Our fingernails can thank whoever invented this helpful hack, and we are never looking back again.

5 Frozen Keyhole

If you’ve ever had to park your car outside in the winter, you know the troubles of frozen keyholes. Now you’re stuck outside in the cold, trying to wiggle the key inside, blowing hot air on the keyhole, and you’re late for work. Well, next time you have to leave your car out, remember to take some hand sanitizer with you, so that you can try this hack. All you need to do is pour some of the hand sanitizer on the keyhole, and it will melt the ice. Then you're free to go on your merry way.

4 Garage Parking Made Easy

This is a car hack for anyone who has a lot of trouble knowing when to stop when parking in your garage. It can lead to either bumping the end of the garage or having the door close on your car. For this hack, all you’ll need is a piece of string that’s long enough, and a tennis ball. Tie the tennis ball, and then hang it up directly above your car, so it touches the windshield while it’s nicely parked. Then, next time you’ll just need to bump into the ball, and you’re fine!

READ MORE: 15 Parking Fails That Prove These People Have No Business Driving

3 Car Phone Mount

This is another hack for anyone who’s addicted to using their smartphone. While we don’t condone using a phone while driving, we admit they’re extremely useful for navigation. All you’ll need for this hack is just a rubber band, a pen, and your phone. Pull the band through the top and the bottom of the vent, using the pen. Then just snap the phone between the two ends of the rubber band, and you’ve got yourself a DIY car phone holder. But seriously people, do not use your phone while driving! Stay safe.

2 Amplify Your Remote

Big parking lots are really common these days. Which mean forgetting where you parked your car is also very common. But the next time you find yourself in a situation like this one, it’s actually really simple. So simple, in fact, that all you need is your car’s remote and your head. Yes, you read that right. Put the remote up to your head, press the lock button, and follow the sound. Apparently, your head amplifies the signal of the remote, and you’ll be able to find your car in no time.

1 Clean Headlights

Cleaning your car is as simple as getting a good sponge and some soapy water. But when it comes to cleaning cloudy headlights, the required chemicals you need that won’t damage the lights can often be very expensive. But apparently, it can also be really cheap, thanks to this hack. All you’ll need is an old rag and some toothpaste. Put some of the toothpaste on the cloudy headlights, scrub away, and watch how your headlights turn as clean as your teeth.

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