15 Lifehacks Motorists Simply Shouldn’t Live Without
It doesn’t matter how long they’ve been driving, there’s always something new for motorists to learn. There are all sorts of simple tips and tricks that can make driving easier, safer and more enjoyable. Here are some of our favourites…
1) Get Your Vehicle Unstuck
There’s not a lot that’s more frustrating for motorists than getting their vehicle stuck, whether it’s in mud, sludge or anything else. It leaves you feeling totally powerless. In an ideal situation, there will be plenty of friendly people around willing to lend a hand. However, if they’re not you need to be able to address the problem yourself. Release some pressure from each tyre and dig some space in front of them. If this doesn’t work, try laying something down in front of them; footwell mats are idea and will provide traction.
2) Clear Battery Corrosion
Old or defective car batteries can leak material. This can corrode the surface of the a battery and cause it to die. To remove the corrosion, pore a can of coca-cola over it. The acid will break up the corrosion and clear the battery of debris. Simply use water and a rag to remove the sticky residue afterwards.
3) Stay Safe On Country Roads
You’re significantly more likely to find yourself in a car accident on country roads than any others; 2.5 times more likely in some areas. There are all sorts of reasons for this, including poorer road infrastructure, susceptibility to poor weather and less vigilant drivers. Just remember to drive at lower speeds and to avoid distractions even more than you usually would.
4) Don’t Use Your Car As A Storage Unit
For every 100 pounds of weight you clear in your car, you’ll gain between 1 – 2% on your fuel economy. Why? Because the lighter your car is, the less work there is for your engine. Keep the boot free of anything you don’t need to be hauling around and remove roof and bike racks when not in use.
5) Manage Your Music
A number of studies have determined that music can have a profound impact on how motorists drive; and even how willing we are to take risks. Heavy, fast beats will cause your blood pressure to rise and your driving behaviour to become more erratic. But it’s not just Rock and Roll you need to worry about. The Royal Automobile Club Foundation has named Richard Wagner’s ‘Ride of the Valkyries’ as the most dangerous driving music.
6) Keep Your Fuel Tank Full
Driving on fumes is never a good idea for motorists. Not only are you inviting the opportunity for getting stranded, it’s also bad for your vehicle in general. For a start, you can cause problems for your car’s catalytic converter; an expensive part to repair or replace. In addition, fuel serves as a natural coolant for fuel-pump motors; without it, it can overheat and wear prematurely.
7) Keep Your Takeaway Warm
It’s an age-old dilemma, you want takeaway but know it’ll go cold before you can get home. If your car has heated seating, however, the solution is staring you in the face. Simply turn the heating on and leave your food on the seat; just be careful to drive smoothly unless you want curry plastered over the windscreen!
8) Toothpaste For Your Headlights
Over time, your headlights will become scuffed and cloudy. It’s unlikely this will cause any problems with the lighting, but it does look a bit rough. To clear it, apply a bit of toothpaste to a rag and gently rub the headlights. Toothpaste possesses mild abrasives that can remove thin layers and fill in tiny scratches.
9) Frozen Doors And Hand Sanitiser
Getting into your car during the thick of winter can be a pretty horrendous experience. From defrosting to scraping ice, it’s cold, tiring and time-consuming. It’s even worse when you can’t even get inside because the door handles have frozen. To get past this, just apply a bit of hand sanitiser. The majority of them contain alcohol that’ll thaw the ice in no time at all.
10) Dents And Pool Noodles
You know what a ‘pool noodle’ is. They’re those brightly coloured, foam tubes you see in swimming baths. They’re cheap and readily available online. You can easily cut these down the middle and put them up in your garage. When you open your car’s doors, they’ll make contact and avoid any scratches or dents you’d usually face. You can also put them in front of where you park, as to avoid bumper damage.
11) Stay Focused
The visual cortex of your brain starts to feel the strain after just five minutes of driving. Why? Because it’s not really meant to be staring in a straight line for lengthy periods of time. This is why it’s important to keep things fresh and properly stimulated; otherwise you’ll end up losing concentration and misjudging the distance between yourself and other vehicles. Simply checking all of your mirrors at the end of each song on the radio can help you remain alert.
12) Don’t Get Carsick
For some people, carsickness is a very real and consistent source of anxiety and discomfort. A simple and effective way of tackling it is to eat before setting out on a journey. Effectively lining the stomach with hearty food will prevent it from feeling disturbed. Ginger is often cited as a particularly good at alleviating carsickness for motorists.
13) Keep Your Car Moving
It may sound contradictory, but leaving your car lying around can do just as much harm (if not more) than thoroughly using it. Batteries go flat, engines go cold and fluids stagnate. This can even occur if you’re only taking short trips. So make a concerted effort to get your car’s engine properly warmed up from time to time. Stretches of motorway or A-roads are ideal for this. Your car was meant to be driven, don’t be a negligent motorist.
14) Use Your Feet
Many motorists use their toes on their car’s pedals, especially the accelerator. The problem with this is that it can lead to uneven pressure and therefore excess fuel consumption. Always use the length of your foot on pedals. Not only will this be better on your fuel economy, it’ll also give you more control and improve safety as a result.
15) Fight Overheating With…Heat
There are few technical problems worse than a car overheating. Why? Because it can completely ruin the engine; in which case, the replacement costs can actually outweigh the cost of the entire vehicle! If your car is overheating, open the windows and turn on your heating and at full blast. This will actually draw heat away from the engine and dispense it much more quickly.
20 Ways You Can Save Money On Your Motoring Costs: https://www.autoserveclub.co.uk/blog/20-ways-you-can-save-money-on-your-motoring-costs/
15 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Be Fined For: https://autoserve.co.uk/motoring-tips-advice/driving-fines/