Handy life hacks for your car

Posted on 19 October 2016 by CarTakeBack

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Being around cars all day means we pick up a few hints and tips. Here are our favourite hacks for making every day motoring that little bit easier.

Cloudy headlights

Apply toothpaste to the plastic lens cover with a cloth and rub it in. Rinse off completely with clean water and dry. Apparently whitening toothpaste is best for this hack!

Parking gauge

If you struggle to tell how close to the back wall of your garage is to the nose of your car, try this trick. You'll need a ladder, two screw hoots, string, and a tennis ball.

Park your car in the right position, measure the distance between the roof and the middle of your windscreen, add an extra foot (for the knots) then cut. Screw the first hook into the tennis ball, and the second into the ceiling of your garage, directly above the middle of your windscreen, then tie the string to each hook. The ball should sit in the middle of your windscreen. If it doesn't, untie the string at one end and adjust it to the right length.

Now you'll know when your car is the right distance away from the wall when the ball touches your windscreen, and you won't end up with bumps and scratches that'll put buyers off when you decide to sell your car.

Sticker removal

If your car has a stubborn sticker on its window that just won't budge, maybe from the previous owner, or the kids insisted on the funny decal a few years ago, but now you want to sell the car on, use newspaper. Soak the newspaper in warm water, then place it over the sticker for 10 minutes. The sticky residue will just slide off.

Cool the interior

No need to put the air con up to full whack. Roll down a window and then open and close the opposite door a few times. The hot air will be pushed out of your car.

Roof storage

Hook a mesh bungee net up using the coat hooks/handles on the roof of your car. Use the mesh to store hats, coats, scarves… anything that usually ends up in the foot-well!

Back seat organiser

Tie a shoe organiser onto the back of your seat to keep things tidy in the car, and to keep your children's favourite game close to hand for them on long journeys.

Save your fingers

Stop struggling to get your car keys onto that new keyring you got on holiday. Use a staple remover to separate the two rings, so that you can pop the key on it easily.

Gather your rubbish

Use a cereal container as a rubbish bin and keep it in the passenger foot-well. It won't take up much space, and it'll be easier to empty than your door pockets.

Got any life hacks for motoring that we haven't picked up on? Let us know!

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