Our cars are a lot like our second homes. With many of us having to commute to and from work, we spend enough time in them already. Add errands and other trips on top of that and you’ll find that you drive quite often each week.
In fact, the average American spends over 17,000 minutes each year in their car.
In today’s society, having a functioning car is also a basic necessity to live a comfortable life.
But, you’re going to want to keep it looking good and running well.
However, this doesn’t mean you should drop hundreds (or even thousands) of dollars on maintenance. Luckily, there are plenty of cool hacks to help make sure your car’s appearance and performance stay stellar.
Want to learn more? Read on to learn the tips and tricks you can use to improve your vehicle.
Scrub Oil Stains Off Your Engine
While oil stains don’t have a direct impact on your car’s performance, they can be unsightly to behold when looking underneath your hood. Fortunately, there’s a simple fix for this issue.
You can use dish soap on your engine block (or anywhere else oil stains may be) to help remove them.
After coating the affected area, take an old toothbrush or scrub brush and scrub the stains away.
Simply rinse off the soap with water when you’re finished and you’ll have a much cleaner engine block.
But, if you want to make sure your engine is performing optimally, you should take your car to a professional.
If you need service specific to a make and model (like BMW service), only trust professionals who specialize in that type of vehicle.
Prevent Rust with Nail Polish
Not all of us are the best drivers. Most people will experience at least one accident in their lifetime, but there’s a very small chance it will be serious.
More than likely, you’ll end up with just a few unsightly scratches on your car. Although the damage is only superficial, you may feel compelled to take of it. Scratches, in particular, can rust if let alone for too long.
With the busy schedule that comes with being an adult, it isn’t always possible to drop everything and rush to the mechanic.
If you’re worried about scratches on your car beginning to rust, you’ll be able to protect from further damage with a common household item.
By applying a thin coat of nail polish over the damage, you’ll seal it and prevent it from rusting. You can do this as many times as you need to before you take it to your mechanic for repairs.
Dryer Sheets for Freshness
Air fresheners are great, but they often don’t last as long as you would like. Sometimes, it can be difficult to even smell the scent they give off in the first place.
Dryer sheets are one of the best cool hacks for maintenance if your car is constantly invaded by unpleasant smells, such as those from pets or sports equipment.
If you’re looking to have a more pleasant driving experience, leaving an open box of dryer sheets in the backseat is often all you need to do. But, if you want to take things a step further, you can tuck sheets in your air vents.
This will help circulate the scented air throughout your vehicle and keep everything smelling fresh.
Clean Foggy Headlights with Toothpaste
This is another of those cool hacks that many people don’t expect to work at first. But, toothpaste can be a lifesaver if you find your foggy headlights interfering with your ability to see while driving.
You can apply toothpaste to your headlights by using a rag to disperse it. Then, you’ll want to wait 10-15 minutes for it to settle.
Afterwards (using a toothbrush), gently scrub the headlights until you begin to remove the grime from the surface. Then, pour water over the headlights and polish them dry with another towel or rag and you’ll see a world of difference.
Park East to Defrost Your Windshield
If you live in a location with a cold climate during the winter, you know exactly how frustrating it is to have to scrape ice off of your window the morning after a chilly night.
Wouldn’t it be nice if something else took care of it for you? Out of all the cool hacks, this is one of the most useful.
We all learned during our early years that the sun rises in the east and sets in the west. If you park your car with the front end facing east, the sun will defrost your windshield for you.
While there are some exceptions to this (such as particularly cold or cloudy days), it will help you out the majority of the time and save you plenty of frustration.
Fix a Dent with a Toilet Plunger
Unfortunately, not everyone in the world is honest and accepts responsibility. It’s not at all uncommon for someone to back into another vehicle and then leave without providing contact information.
Walking out of your home, work, or even the store and seeing a dent in your car can be an unpleasant experience.
The first thought on most people’s minds is how much it’s going to cost to repair. If you have an older vehicle and don’t mind a quick fix, then the answer is $0.
By using a toilet plunger to “pull” the dent out of the car, you’ll be able to go from unsightly cosmetic damage to something barely noticeable. In some cases, it may not even be obvious at all that there was a dent in the first place.
Cool Hacks for Car Maintenance Save Time and Money
And we all wish we had more time and money. Keeping these tips in mind will help you make driving a better experience and keep you from panicking if you find your car has been damaged.
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