Car and Traveling Hacks for the Everyday Driver

July 4th, 2016 by

University Mitsubishi Car Hack

If you’ve ever heard of LifeHacks, you may know some of the interesting things people come up with for simple daily conveniences. Well today, we’re going to talk about car hacks and things you can do to keep your car in good shape, and that will make your daily commute a little easier and safer.

Repair and Avoid Damage with the Correct Products

When it comes to maintaining your car, you need to use the right products to get the job done. Using products you find around the house may seem like an okay thing to do, but there may be chemicals in there that might not be good for the surfaces you are using them on.

– When cleaning your car windows, avoid glass cleaner with ammonia. Ammonia can cause discoloration or damage window tinting.

– Check your owner’s manual for the type of oil that should be used in your car’s engine whether you are adding extra oil in between oil changes or if you do your own oil changes. Using the wrong kind of oil can hinder your car’s performance and damage the engine over time.

– Radiators need to stay cool, and many say pouring water in it is a good substitution, but that’s not necessarily true. Water can heat up and freeze quickly. That’s why getting a mixture of 50/50 water coolant is the better choice; for cold weather a different ratio may be required.

– Got a scratch? Use nail polish of the same color for a quick fix. Just brush it over the scratch and rub it in (works best on white/paint scratches).

– If your car receives a bit of a dent, get a good plunger. They can pull out small dents. If it’s a large dent, some people will take a sledgehammer to the inside of the car where the dent is i.e. the trunk of the car, but that is pretty risky.

If you have a big dent, University Mitsubishi works with a certified paintless dent removal tech who very carefully can remove large dents without damaging paint and at an affordable cost. We recommend it.

Traveling Simplified

When going on a trip or even driving with friends/family, keeping it simple is smart and safe.

– Shower caddies are also great for organizing all types of items in your truck or cargo area, especially oil and other liquids (in their container).

– Is your car a little hot? If parked, open one window all the way. Then open the door directly across from it and open and close it several times. If on the road, open the front windows but not the rear.

– Not all of us have hands-free devices. It’s best not to use your phone at all, but if you’re driving somewhere unfamiliar and need directions, slip a rubber band through the air vent and then back out to wrap it around your phone. This way you don’t need to keep picking it up to see the directions.

Be Aware of Your Surroundings

You should always be aware of your surroundings when in the car. It’s also good to be aware of those around you.

– If a trucker slows down, you should do the same. There’s a good chance his buddy radioed in an upcoming speed trap.

– Truckers have a higher point of view of the road and they also let each other know about which lanes are jammed. You can try to keep out of traffic by paying attention to which lane they’re in.

– If you’re parking in cold weather, you don’t want to get frozen out of your own car. Cooking spray can help avoid tough freezes. Spray the rubber on the inside of the door with cooking spray and then wipe it down.

– Ever forget where you parked? First, if you are parking in a huge open lot, drop a pin on your smartphone’s map system like Google Maps. If you didn’t do that and you are trying to locate your car with your remote, put the remote under your chin and that may give you better reception.

– Many of us think positioning our side mirrors so that we see the road and the side of our car is the correct way to set them up. This is actually incorrect. Positioning them so we see the road and none of our car is the best way to see blind spots and other cars behind us.

– If you ever get lost, your best bet for directions is to ask a fast food joint. Most people at a fast food joint will know the basic area, how to get back on the highway, and some of them may commute from as much as 30 mins away. There’s bound to be someone who can help.

This is all of the car and traveling hacks we have for now. Let us know on our social media if there’s any hacking gems you know of.

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