Details for Weird Car Hacks That Make Life Easier

Owning a car is a love/hate relationship. Your car gets you where you need to go, carry your things, or go on a fun drive down a twisty backroad. All good things. But it can be a major pain. Expensive maintenance is one thing, but spilled drinks, door dings, and cracked windshields are endless source of frustration.

However, you can minimize these annoyances by using common household items to make car ownership much easier. These 12 car hacks are cheap and clever solutions for taking the pain out of everyday driving.

Tidy Up the Trunk With Laundry Baskets

Reusable grocery bags, changes of clothes for the gym, work supplies—the stuff of everyday life starts to pile up in your trunk if you're not careful. Do yourself a favor and buy a few laundry baskets that fit the space. Use each one to organize items that belong together – one basket for gym equipment, one for work, and one for grocery shopping. It's a great way to organize your trunk and keep everything exactly where it's supposed to be.

Extend Key Fob Range

Giant parking lots at a mall or stadium can be a maze. You know your car is around there somewhere, but with the thousands of others packed in the lot, it can be easy to lose track of where you parked. So use your head. It's been proven that the fluids in your body extend your key fob's wireless signals. Put the fob under your chin, hit a few buttons, and keep an eye out for your car's flashing lights. It's not quite telepathy, but it's an effective way to locate your car among many others.

Secure Cups in a Shoe

There are always too few cupholders. That or the ones you have are prone to spilling beverages when you go around a corner or over a bump. An easy fix is to put your drink in a shoe. No, don't use the shoe as a cup – put it between the seats and set your cup inside. It may not smell fantastic, but it's definitely better than yet another spilled mug of coffee.

Goodbye Bumper Stickers

Whether it's for a cause, band, or somewhere you've visited, bumper stickers help you express yourself. But if your tastes change or you decide you don't like the look, peeling off a sticker can leave unsightly residue. You can melt the gunk off with some newspaper and a little water. Dampen a sheet of newspaper and lay it over the leftover sticker. After about 15 minutes the residue will soften up and be easy to wipe away. You can use the side of a credit card to scrape off extra sticky leftovers, but use a gentle touch so you don't scratch the paint.

Warm Up Food on Your Seat

Opinions are split on whether pizza is better cold or hot, but most of the time it's better if take-out meals stay warm and fresh. Skip the microwave and keep it toasty in your car. If your car has seat warmers, turn them on, and place the food on top. They're already great for keeping your buns warm, and work just as well if you're bringing home the hamburger or cinnamon variety, too.

Wrap Stockings Around Wiper Blades

All windshield wiper blades get worn out eventually, and if they're damaged enough, they might even fall off. If you're driving through wet weather with an old or missing windshield wiper, the bare metal wiper arm can scratch your window glass. The fix is in a pair of women's stockings. Wrap them tightly around the wiper arm to prevent the metal from scraping the glass. They also work well to clean off debris or smudges until you can get a new set of wiper blades.

Take Toothpaste to Cloudy Headlights

After many miles on the road, your car's headlights are going to get scuffed up and cloudy. It might not majorly affect their performance, but it certainly doesn't look good. Smear a little bit of toothpaste on a clean rag and start scrubbing the headlights. It contains mild abrasives that can remove a thin layer from the headlight housing and fill in any tiny scratches. Toothpaste is an easy and convenient compound to get your headlights clear again.

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