13 Simple Car Tips All Drivers Should Know
Most driver’s don’t know very much about their cars. If you are in an accident or emergency situation, it’s critical that you know what to do. There are also basic things about your car that you should be aware of. By learning these car hacks, you will be better prepared for any situation.
Over time most cars can get some dents. These could be caused backing into another car, accidentally opening your car door into another car or even the drive through car wash. If you take your car to a repair shop, your estimate to fix these could be thousands. Fortunately, we have an easy fix for these dents.
Here is how it works:
- Isolate the dents in your car by looking over your car
- Grab your bathroom plunger
- Push your plunger down on dents, being sure to get the air pressure tight for a good seal
- Tug the plunger to pull out the dents
You would be surprised that this fixes most small and medium dents. If this doesn’t work on all of the dents in your car, here are 8 more tips for fixing your car dents yourself.
Check Engine Light
Check engine lights are installed in your car by the manufacturer to notify you that there is a problem. Unfortunately, these check engine lights don’t tell you exactly what is wrong with your car. It can be a major problem or a little problem.
We have a solution that will let you know exactly what is going on with your car:
- Purchase the product FIXD. It plugs into your car and diagnoses problems in cars manufactured after 1996.
- Download the FIXD app on your smart phone. It will let you know exactly why your check engine light is coming on it your car.
- You can even screen shot the information and show it to your mechanic.
This is a really great product. Unfortunately, some mechanics will suggest other expensive repair work on your car that you don’t need. Your days of getting repair bills for hundreds of dollars is over. Here is more information about FIXD.
Car Insurance Rates
Most of us think we are getting a great rate on our car insurance. Did you know that on;y 5% of people that are over 30 are paying less than $50 a month of their insurance? If you haven’t had any accidents or tickets in 2 years, you should be getting a better rate than this.
You can shop online for better car insurance quotes:
- Go to usinsuranceonline.com on a web browser.
- Fill in all of the information about your car, drivers, current insurance, incidents and contact information
- You will get numerous quotes that you can compare.
You would be surprised how much you can save by getting different quotes for your insurance. You can actually shop insurance quotes as often as you would like to always ensure you are getting the best rates.
With the rising prices of gasoline, most of us try to get the best fuel efficiency out of our vehicles. If you are noticing that you aren’t getting the fuel efficiency that was promised by your car’s manufacturer, one thing that you can do is start changing your air filter every 6 months.
- Read your owner’s manual for the type of air filter your car takes
- Check online to see how to change this yourself.
- Every 6 months like clockwork, change your oil filter.
You will be shocked at how much better your fuel economy is. Depending on what type of car you have, this could save you hundreds of dollars every month. For even more useful tips to improve your gas mileage, read this blog from Car Bibles.
Breaking down on a highway is everyone’s worst nightmares. Did you know that it is also really dangerous? Depending on the time of day and location, it may be difficult for other drivers to see your car in distress. One solution is to get the Haylo Safety Flare.
Here is how it works:
- It’s strong magnetic backing lets it attached easily to any part of your vehicle
- To turn on, just press and hold the on button
- You can cycle through the different lighting options to find the one that points out your distressed car the best.
You can also use it for other outdoor activities such as camping. It will throw off enough light that you won’t need to worry about flash lights.Don’t become one of the statistics of 1,000 people that die each year getting hit on the shoulder of the freeway. You can buy a Haylo Safety Flare here.
There are over 5.4 million car crashes every year. Although we all hope that this will never happen to us, it’s better to be prepared rather than caught off guard. Car safety experts over the years have suggested that drivers have an item that can smash windows and cut seat belts. If you actually have one of these devices, do you have it in a spot you can reach if you are incapacitated?
If not, we have a solution for you:
- CrashSafe: This device will actually do both tasks of breaking your window and cutting your seatbelt.
- Car Charger: This device plugs into your car’s cigarette lighter. You actually can charge your phone off of it too, so it serves another purpose.
- Flash light: It also has a built in flash light, to help you see if you are in an accident.
For more information about CrashSafe, check out their website.
Frozen locks isn’t a problem normally in Florida, but occasionally it does get cold enough for a few days to find yourself in this situation. If you are on your way to work or to pick up your kids, this can be a major problem. Fortunately, there is an easy solution with an item you most likely already have in your home.
- Put hand sanitizer on your car door key
- Let it sit in the lock for a few minutes, then remove
- Wait another minute and try using your car key in the lock again
This works because the alcohol in the hand sanitizer works to melt the ice. You will want to turn on the heat in your car to full blast so the other locks defrost. Hello Giggles has five more surprising uses for hand sanitizer.
We all have been in the situation where you go to start your car and nothing happens. Of course it normally happens when you are on the way to work or a meeting. You can waste a lot of time by waiting for AAA to show up, or even a friend with jumper cables.
We have an amazing solution for you:
- Portable Car Starter: With this device, you can jump the battery on your car
- It comes with a portable charging station, jumper cables, charging adapters for all devices, home charger and a carrying case
- This device will hold a charge for over 6 months without recharging it
This is a miracle if you have an older car or you accidentally leave dome lights on often. You can buy it through Battery ResQ’s website.
After wear and tear from road conditions and the weather, your car’s headlights can start to look cloudy. Unless you are diligent about removing this often, it can build up and be really hard to get off. This can really age your car. It’s especially important to have them clear if you plan on selling your car.
We have a cheap and easy solution for you:
- Toothpaste: Toothpaste is a great fix for your cloudy headlights. It contains a mild abrasive that remove the film from your headlights. It also works to fill in the tiny scratches so your headlights look like new.
- Start by smearing a little bit of toothpaste on each headlight
- Use a clean rag to scrub each headlight. When you are done, there shouldn’t be any toothpaste remaining.
This cheap fix could add to the value if you are selling your car. Reader’s Digest has some more surprising uses for toothpaste.
Night Sight Glasses
A majority of accidents happen at night. Many people experience problems with their vision when driving at night. Road conditions can lead to glare and eye strain making driving at night dangerous. Fortunately, you can now buy Night Sight HD glasses that clear up these vision problems.
Here are some of the benefits of using them:
- Eye Fatigues and Migraines: Driving at night or in different weather conditions puts you at risk for eye fatigue. This can hit some of us harder than others, sometimes triggering migraines.
- Low Light and Fog: Driving in foggy conditions makes it really hard to see the road or traffic signs. Unlighted roads are also dangerous because of the loss of visibility.
They are so lightweight you will forget that you are wearing them. For information how to purchase these glasses, check out the Night Guide HD website.
Small Cracks In Windows Or Windshield
It’s very common to have little chips in your windows or windshield. This is caused by small stones hitting your car. This happens a lot on highways or other fat moving roads. If a rock hits glass at high speed, it can leave a little crack in your glass. Over time, this crack could spread leading to having to replace the glass.
Here is an easy and cheap fix for this problem:
- Clear Nail Polish: In each crack, cover with a thin layer of clear nail polish.
- Let dry completely, and apply one more thin layer.
- This will seal up the crack ensuring it doesn’t get any worse.
This will ensure the cracks don’t get worse and you won’t need to immediately replace your glass. The good news is, most car insurance covers the repair to the glass. Check out the DMV website to find out more information.
Extending Your Car Warranty
Most car manufacturer’s offer a factory warranty on new vehicles. These warranties are also sometimes available for certified pre-owned vehicles. Unfortunately, after these warranties expire you are responsible for the cost of your vehicle repairs. These could end up being really expensive. If you are on a fixed income, an unexpected mechanic bill can blow your budget. Instead, you should think about extending the warranty on your car.
Here are some of the benefits:
• Peace of mind: If your car does break down, you will have the piece of mind knowing that the repairs will already be covered.
• Savings: You won’t end up having to save a bunch of money for unexpected repairs.
• Car Payments: If you have been used to budgeting for your car payment, you can use this extra money to pay for your extended warranty. This only would work if your car is paid off though.
This extended warranty can end up saving you a ton of money in the long run. For more information about extended warranties, visit this website.
Every car owner should know the signs of when it’s time to get an oil change. The rule used to be every 3,000 miles or 3 months. This isn’t true for newer cars though. The best way to find out exactly when you need an oil change is to read your owner’s manual.
There are also some signs of when your car needs an oil change:
• If you check the oil levels in car you, and it comes out looking really dark and gritty it’s time for a change.
• Your engine starts to sound much louder.
• If the oil level has dropped significantly, it’s time to take your car to the shop.
For more information on the signs it’s time for any oil change, check out this article by Complex.