In most developed countries, the use of motor vehicles is generally pretty predominant. Whether as public transportation, sedans, vans or sports cars, these vehicles help get us from point A to point B much quicker. But here are some tips and tricks that make driving a little more fun and a lot more safer.
Driving is supposed to make things more convenient, so here’s a list of things and hacks that can make driving even more efficient.
From knowing how to flee a sinking car, to making your own phone holder, here are some driving hacks that can help you.
1. Hopefully this is one hack that you’ll never have to use. Knowing how to flee a sinking car. If your vehicle is sinking, don’t bother with opening the door (the water pressure will make it immovable) instead roll down the windows and escape through there.
2. If the windows refuse to roll down, try and break the windows at the corners. Some headrests that are removable are designed to be wedged into the edges of the windowsill and cranked in order to break the window.
Make sure to let children out first and if both of those methods don’t work, let the car reach the bottom and then open the door. The pressure will have equalized by then and all you have to do is follow the bubbles upwards to get oxygen!
3. Want to save a couple of dollars on a phone holder for your car? Have no fear, there is a DIY (Do It Yourself) trick in store!
All you need is a paperclip and a rubber band for this. Simple right? Clip the paper clip onto one of the vents and then loop a rubber band through one of the holes.
Now all you have to do is place your phone between the metal tongs of the clip and then tie it down with the other end of the rubber band! See? Simple yet effective!
4. Love to eat in your car? (Well, who doesn’t?) Do you hate all those crumbs and tidbits that sprinkle all over your car? Well, don’t worry, there’s a quick fix that doesn’t involve giving up your snacks.
At the bottom of each cup holder, place a paper cupcake tin there in order to catch all the crumbs and dirt. And when they get too dirty or filled up, just toss them out and replace them with a new one!
5. Always struggling to keep the dust off the air vents in your car? No microfiber cloth or wet rag doing the trick for you? Well there’s a cheaper solution!
All you need is a flat painter’s brush or a stick with a sponge glued to the end and you can sweep away all that nasty dust and dead skin. This tool is designed to get into the nooks and crannies so no stray dust will be left unkempt!
6. Instead of spending money on one of those gas station vacuum cleaners. All you need is a normal vacuum cleaner with an open end/mouth. Get a paper roll and flatten it around the mouth of the vacuum to create a duck beak shape.
Now you’ve got yourself a makeshift car vacuum in the comfort and safety of your own home!
7. Got one of those cars that don’t have a fancy, futuristic back up camera? Unsure of how far to back up or park in your garage? And you’re not willing to mark up your garage with pen and Sharpies as indicators?
Don’t worry, tie a string with a tennis ball at the end and dangle it from the ceiling of the garage. Measure it so that whenever you back up or pull into the garage, the tennis ball will gently bounce on your car, indicating that you have gone far enough.
8. Always have clothes, backpacks and recyclable bags in the backseat? Don’t worry and get organized with a simple hook. Take the hook and wrap it around the headrest. Now you have a makeshift coat hanger to hang all those items.
Okay, this one is kind of obvious but instead of leaving all your cleaning utensils or sports equipment lying around in your trunk, get a box or a dividable open faced cabinet to store all your driving essentials!