When you’re driving a car, there are a few small things that can make the experience all the more enjoyable. These “car hacks” can save so much time when it comes to cleaning or getting your car ready to leave in the winter. So, without further ado, here are a few tips and tricks that might come in handy: 

More than just fluoride-ah 

Toothpaste can be used for more than just taking care of your pearly whites. Did you know that if you scrub toothpaste into your headlights and wash it off 5 minutes later, that it gets rid of that foggy glaze? And not only that, but when you scrub toothpaste into scuff marks on the side of a car, it’s not the same as buffing it, but it helps reduce bigger scuffs, or even gets rid of smaller ones entirely! I know these can’t just be my little pet peeves with cars, so try it out for yourself soon!  

Cereal Container as a Trash Can 

When you’re driving, there are a million little things that we need to throw away where it would be convenient to have a small trash can. As the title of this paragraph suggests, the solution is to use a plastic cereal tub as a garbage can. Line it with a grocery bag and you’ll be able to throw away your trash and seal the container so that nothing spills out while you’re driving around. Easy to clean, and super convenient, this trick will help keep the litter out of your car.  

Seat Warmer to Keep Food Warm 

When you’ve got to bring meals with you, it’s safer and nicer to have the option to keep them to the side. But the issue then is that you’d rather be able to eat it when it’s warm. Well, your car’s seat warmer will help you do just this! Just set your container down on the passenger seat, crank it up, and save it for later when you arrive.  

Seat Cover with Built-In Heating 

If your car is older, or a model that simply doesn’t have heated seats, you can get around this by purchasing a seat cover with built-in heating. This will keep you warmer during the winter months and can even be used for the warm food trick mentioned above! Now if you live in Wisconsin, like me, this sounds like a pretty good deal! 

Vinegar Spray or Windshield Cover? 

No matter which way you scrape it, cleaning off your windshield before going into work is really annoying and inconvenient. There are a couple of easy ways to avoid having to scrape the frost away. One of them is to fill a spray bottle with ¾ vinegar and ¼ water and using this mixture on your windshield and windows. The vinegar in the mixture will prevent the water from freezing on the glass and will save you the ten minutes you would’ve spent scraping away.  

The alternative is to get a car covering so that the snow and frost will be easily moved when you’re getting ready for work. This covering is a little pricey, depending on the car, though the results speak for themselves! But, either of these tricks will make winter driving much more bearable because you can start that much earlier! 

Hand Sanitizer 

Another issue with winter weather is that the snow will harden into ice around the keyhole or handle of your car overnight. This can be inconvenient, but some hand sanitizer will help you to get rid of this troublesome frost. The alcohol in the hand sanitizer will melt the ice so that you’re able to get into your car without incident. This same trick can be used if your door is frozen shut, so don’t be stingy with it! 

Check Tire Pressure Monthly 

Car tires are often leaking air and we don’t realize it. Tire pressure is never as consistent as we need it to be, so be sure to monitor where your tires at on a given month. Filling up your car’s tires takes all of five minutes at a gas station. Knowing beforehand that the air pressure is decreasing will make it easier for you to schedule around this inconvenience.  

Pipe Insulation Between the Seats 

When you’re driving, there’s nothing more infuriating and distracting than when something falls in between or under the seats. There’s a cheap and quick fix for this to be prevented, if you find a roll of pipe insulation, you can wedge this in the cracks of your seat so that things aren’t lost as easily. You can find a 4 pack of 3-foot-long insulation on amazon for something like 15 dollars right now so that your phone never gets stuck in the crack while you’re driving ever again.  

Final Thoughts

Time is one of our most valuable resources and spending a few bucks can save you quite a bit of it with these few simple tricks. We hope this has been helpful to you and hope you’re able to put all of this miscellaneous knowledge to good use. Thank you for taking the time to read, and hopefully, we’ll catch you reading our next post! 

Disclaimer: Use at Your Own Risk 

The information provided in all blog articles is for educational purposes only. Pass Drivers Ed is not a licensed automotive expert, and any information regarding automotive repairs or maintenance should not be taken as professional automotive advice. Pass Drivers Ed is not responsible for any damages or injuries resulting in following the information provided.

When you’re driving a car, there are a few small things that can make the experience all the more enjoyable. These “car hacks” can save so much time when it comes to cleaning or getting your car ready to leave in the winter. So, without further ado, here are a few tips and tricks that might come in handy: 

More than just fluoride-ah 

Toothpaste can be used for more than just taking care of your pearly whites. Did you know that if you scrub toothpaste into your headlights and wash it off 5 minutes later, that it gets rid of that foggy glaze? And not only that, but when you scrub toothpaste into scuff marks on the side of a car, it’s not the same as buffing it, but it helps reduce bigger scuffs, or even gets rid of smaller ones entirely! I know these can’t just be my little pet peeves with cars, so try it out for yourself soon!  

Cereal Container as a Trash Can 

When you’re driving, there are a million little things that we need to throw away where it would be convenient to have a small trash can. As the title of this paragraph suggests, the solution is to use a plastic cereal tub as a garbage can. Line it with a grocery bag and you’ll be able to throw away your trash and seal the container so that nothing spills out while you’re driving around. Easy to clean, and super convenient, this trick will help keep the litter out of your car.  

Seat Warmer to Keep Food Warm 

When you’ve got to bring meals with you, it’s safer and nicer to have the option to keep them to the side. But the issue then is that you’d rather be able to eat it when it’s warm. Well, your car’s seat warmer will help you do just this! Just set your container down on the passenger seat, crank it up, and save it for later when you arrive.  

Seat Cover with Built-In Heating 

If your car is older, or a model that simply doesn’t have heated seats, you can get around this by purchasing a seat cover with built-in heating. This will keep you warmer during the winter months and can even be used for the warm food trick mentioned above! Now if you live in Wisconsin, like me, this sounds like a pretty good deal! 

Vinegar Spray or Windshield Cover? 

No matter which way you scrape it, cleaning off your windshield before going into work is really annoying and inconvenient. There are a couple of easy ways to avoid having to scrape the frost away. One of them is to fill a spray bottle with ¾ vinegar and ¼ water and using this mixture on your windshield and windows. The vinegar in the mixture will prevent the water from freezing on the glass and will save you the ten minutes you would’ve spent scraping away.  

The alternative is to get a car covering so that the snow and frost will be easily moved when you’re getting ready for work. This covering is a little pricey, depending on the car, though the results speak for themselves! But, either of these tricks will make winter driving much more bearable because you can start that much earlier! 

Hand Sanitizer 

Another issue with winter weather is that the snow will harden into ice around the keyhole or handle of your car overnight. This can be inconvenient, but some hand sanitizer will help you to get rid of this troublesome frost. The alcohol in the hand sanitizer will melt the ice so that you’re able to get into your car without incident. This same trick can be used if your door is frozen shut, so don’t be stingy with it! 

Check Tire Pressure Monthly 

Car tires are often leaking air and we don’t realize it. Tire pressure is never as consistent as we need it to be, so be sure to monitor where your tires at on a given month. Filling up your car’s tires takes all of five minutes at a gas station. Knowing beforehand that the air pressure is decreasing will make it easier for you to schedule around this inconvenience.  

Pipe Insulation Between the Seats 

When you’re driving, there’s nothing more infuriating and distracting than when something falls in between or under the seats. There’s a cheap and quick fix for this to be prevented, if you find a roll of pipe insulation, you can wedge this in the cracks of your seat so that things aren’t lost as easily. You can find a 4 pack of 3-foot-long insulation on amazon for something like 15 dollars right now so that your phone never gets stuck in the crack while you’re driving ever again.  

Final Thoughts

Time is one of our most valuable resources and spending a few bucks can save you quite a bit of it with these few simple tricks. We hope this has been helpful to you and hope you’re able to put all of this miscellaneous knowledge to good use. Thank you for taking the time to read, and hopefully, we’ll catch you reading our next post! 

Disclaimer: Use at Your Own Risk 

The information provided in all blog articles is for educational purposes only. Pass Drivers Ed is not a licensed automotive expert, and any information regarding automotive repairs or maintenance should not be taken as professional automotive advice. Pass Drivers Ed is not responsible for any damages or injuries resulting in following the information provided.

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