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Secret Car Hacks That Are Absolutely Brilliant

Have you read your car manual cover to cover? If not, there might be a few secret features that you didn’t realize your car had. While your car manual provides valuable information, it may not cover all the hidden tricks and tips that can enhance your car’s functionality. From clever shortcuts to secret features, we have gathered a collection of car hacks that go beyond the conventional knowledge outlined in the manual.

Get the full potential out of your vehicle with these tricks.These car hacks can save you time, improve safety, and even surprise your passengers with cool features they never knew existed. Whether it’s maximizing fuel efficiency, utilizing smart technology, or discovering hidden storage compartments, we will delve into the world of secret car hacks that can transform your driving experience.Get the full potential out of your vehicle with these tricks.

So, fasten your seatbelt and join us as we unlock the secrets of your car’s hidden gems, uncovering handy and cool car hacks that will leave you amazed and make your time on the road even more enjoyable.

Store Your Essential In A Shower Caddy

It is crucial to ensure that you have a few essential items readily available in your car for various situations. These essentials include items such as wipes, oil, a flashlight, and windshield washer fluid.

However, one common frustration is when these items start rolling around in your trunk or become difficult to find just when you need them the most. That’s where the brilliance of a shower caddy comes into play, serving as the ideal organizational tool for your car essentials.

By utilizing a shower caddy, you can keep these items securely in place, preventing them from shifting and creating a mess. This simple yet effective solution not only keeps your car tidy but also ensures that your essential items are easily accessible when you require them, eliminating the frustration of searching for them in times of need. With a shower caddy, you achieve a win-win situation by maintaining order and convenience for your car essentials.

Pop Any Dents Out At Home

If you happen to notice any unsightly dents on the plastic parts of your car, don’t fret! We have an incredible hack that can help you restore your car’s appearance and make it look brand new again. All you need is a plunger and a pot of boiling water. Here’s how it works:

First, gather your trusty plunger and prepare a pot of boiling water. Take your materials outside to your car, ready to embark on this simple yet effective repair method. Start by carefully pouring the hot water over the dent. The heat from the water will cause the plastic material to become more flexible, making it easier to manipulate. Now, swiftly position the plunger over the dent and apply gentle pressure. As you pull the plunger, the suction created will work its magic, gradually popping out the dent and restoring the original shape of the plastic surface.

By utilizing this clever hack, you can save yourself from expensive repairs or professional intervention. With just a plunger and some boiling water, you can revive your car’s appearance, leaving it looking as good as new once again.

Get Your Headlights Sparkly Clean

Did you know that there’s a common household product that works wonders when it comes to cleaning your car’s headlights? It’s none other than toothpaste! Yes, you heard that right. Toothpaste, especially one that contains baking soda, can work like magic to restore the clarity and shine of your foggy and dirty headlights. Here’s how you can use toothpaste to get your headlights looking clean and bright again:

Apply the toothpaste (preferably one that contains baking soda) to your headlights and brush. Your foggy and dirty headlights will start to get really clean, then just wash the surface with water and dry them with a towel. 

Let Lincoln Check Your Tires

Ensuring that your car has proper tires is of utmost importance for your safety on the road. If you notice that your tires have worn tread or are balding, it’s crucial to take immediate action and invest in new ones. The condition of your tires directly impacts your ability to control the car, your braking efficiency, and ultimately your overall safety. Fortunately, there’s a simple and effective way to assess if it’s time for new tires—the “penny tire trick.”

To conduct the penny tire trick, grab a penny and place it head first into the tread grooves of your tire. Take a moment to observe. If you can see the top of Abraham Lincoln’s head when the penny is inserted, it’s a clear indication that your tire treads have worn down significantly. This means your tires have lost their grip and are no longer providing the necessary traction for safe driving.

Dryer Sheets Will Have Your Car Smelling Fresh

Dryer sheets are an indispensable car essential that serves a multitude of purposes beyond their traditional use in the laundry room. These little wonders excel at more than just making clothes soft and fragrant. When it comes to maintaining a fresh and clean environment in your car, dryer sheets are an excellent tool to have on hand.

One of their notable qualities is their remarkable ability to combat unpleasant odors. By placing a dryer sheet in your car, you can effectively neutralize and eliminate unwanted smells, whether it’s from food, sweat, or other sources. The sheets work to absorb and trap the odorous molecules, leaving your car smelling fresh and inviting.

Also, dryer sheets come to the rescue when it comes to tackling debris, dead insects, and stubborn pet hair. Simply rubbing a dryer sheet across the affected surfaces can help loosen and collect these unwanted elements, making it easier to clean and restore the cleanliness of your car’s interior.

Easily Open Your Key Ring

Many of us can relate to the frustration of dealing with stubborn split ring keychains. They can be incredibly challenging to open, often leading to nail breakages and unnecessary struggles. However, there’s a simple solution that can make the process much easier and save you from potential nail mishaps—an everyday office tool known as a staple remover.

The beauty of using a staple remover lies in its teeth-like design, which perfectly fits between the tightly closed rings of a keychain. To open a key ring effortlessly, take the staple remover and position its teeth in the gap between the rings. Apply gentle downward pressure, and you’ll notice the rings starting to separate with ease. This clever trick saves you from struggling with your fingers or risking broken nails in the process.

A Door Ding Bumper

If you have a limited parking space in your garage and often find yourself worrying about door dings caused by kids swinging the doors open carelessly, we have an ideal and cost-effective solution for you. Introducing the door ding bumper, a clever trick that will help protect your car doors and prevent them from getting scratched when they come in contact with the wall.

To create this ingenious bumper, all you need is a pool noodle. Simply cut the pool noodle in half lengthwise, and then secure it to the wall at the exact spot where your car door tends to hit. By doing so, you’ll create a soft and cushioned landing surface for your car door. Now, when your children open the car doors with enthusiasm, the door will make contact with the pool noodle instead of the hard wall, reducing the risk of unsightly scratches and dings.

Keep Your Bag Upright

If you struggle with where to put your purse in the car, then you will love this hack. Bid farewell to the frustrations of having your purse on the floor or experiencing spillage mishaps when resting it on the passenger seat. Allow us to introduce the game-changing solution: the carabiner purse hook.

Upon stumbling upon this brilliant trick, I discovered the remarkable benefits it offers. Here’s how it works: simply attach a carabiner to the headrest of the front seat and loop the handles of your purse through it. The carabiner serves as a secure hook that keeps your purse suspended within reach, ensuring everything stays neatly organized and easily accessible during your drive.

With this clever hack, you no longer need to worry about your purse being on the dirty or wet floor, or the hassle of having to retrieve items from a toppled or disheveled bag. By keeping your purse within reach and elevated, it remains clean and unobstructed, offering you a hassle-free and convenient experience.

Laundry Basket For Carrying

I love to bring all my groceries in on one trip. Even if it means 4 bags in each hand, digging into my flesh. That’s why this is one of my favorite car hacks. Put a classic laundry basket in your car for carrying big loads easily. It can easily hold 4 grocery bags and you don’t have to worry about them ripping. It also is great for clearing out miscellaneous items from the car or for loading groceries from stores that don’t have bags (i.e. Aldi, Costco)

Cereal Bin Doubles As A Trash Can

Trash always accumulates in the car. And if you have kids, it’s tenfold. A cereal storage bin is an excellent solution to keep your trash contained and very easy to dispose of. Just line the bin with a plastic bag and position it in an easy-to-reach place. The smell will also be contained and once it’s full, the disposal is simple.

In Cold Weather, Face Your Car To The East

When you arrive home for the night in the cold winter, park your car facing the East. In the morning, the sun will warm up the windshield and make it a lot easier to scrape off any frost that accumulated overnight.

Quick Fix In An Emergency

Pantyhose are a very useful garment to have on hand. We suggest putting a pair in your car’s emergency kit. One of its many uses is acting as an emergency fan belt. We don’t recommend this for long distances, but if you are stranded with a broken fan belt, you can use pantyhose to make a temporary fan belt and drive to the nearest car shop. Just place the nylons around the pulleys and tie into a tight knot. *This will only work in cars with V-belts. If your car has serpentine straps, the pantyhose trick won’t work because there are no grooves.

Best Road Trip Toy Ever

Road trips with kids always sound fun in theory, but once you get on the road, it’s immediate regret. Kids love to whine, make a mess, and get bored quickly when driving long distances. One of the best, screen-free toys for a road trip is the Magna-Doodle.

You can draw for hours with the Magna-Doodle and have no squish crayons, markers on the seat, or running out of materials. Magna-Doodle allows you to draw with your finger and then wipe away the design when you are ready to start a new one.

Coca-Cola Is A Fantastic Wheel Cleaner

Coke has been known to remove rust from items, which makes it a fantastic cleaning agent. The carbonation dissolves metal oxides and removes tarnish and rust to make metal look shiny new again. We prefer to use a light coke to reduce the stickiness and it’s also helpful if it’s slightly flat. Try opening it the night before, taking a swig, and then setting it on the counter to use on your wheels the next morning.

Place Your Keys Near Your Head For Longer Range

It might sound silly, but placing your key fob near your head when pressing the keys will give you a longer range. If you are trying to unlock your car from far away, then give this trick a try. How does it work? The fluid matter in your head creates a better conductor for the signal to send.

Nail Polish Works Wonders On Small Scratches

Nail polishes come in an extremely wide variety of colors. Head to your local ultra and find one that matches the color of your vehicle. Then go to the car wash and get your car clean and warm, locate the small scratch and apply the nail polish carefully over it. No expensive paint job is needed, it will look flawless with this simple trick.

Quick & Affordable Phone Holder

There are two ways to use a rubber band to create a phone holder. The first one involves using a binder clip (as pictured), wrapping a rubber band around it to create tension, and clipping it to your vent. Another more primitive option that works great in rental cards is just looping the rubber band through the top of the air vent and out the bottom. Then just stretch the rubber band over the top and bottom of your phone to hold it in place.

When It’s Hot, Keep Your Seat Belt Secured

seat belt

The metal on your seatbelt can get scaldingly hot in the summer. If you know it’s going to be a scorcher and your car is parked in the sun, then click your seatbelt into place after you exited the vehicle. That will keep the metal part tucked away so it can’t get super hot and burn you when you re-enter the vehicle.

Shoe Organizers Make Great Car Organizers

Swing a shoe organizer over the back of your seat and you will have lots of little cubbies to keep your various car essentials organized and visible. This hack is especially helpful if you have kids because they require a lot of stuff i.e. wipes, sippy cups, snacks, diapers, etc.

Quick Cup Holder Clean

Cup holders always collect so many crumbs and dust and they are notoriously hard to clean. An easy solution is silicone cupcake holders! These cupcake holders fit perfectly into cup holders and they make them so much easier to clean. Remove the cupcake holder and shake out crumbs or bring them inside and wash them in the sink whenever you need. They also add a fun pop of color to your car.

De-Ice Your Locks With Hand Sanitizer

Ice builds up on metal quickly when your car is outside in the winter. Sometimes the build-up can be so thick, that you are unable to get your car key in the door. Hand sanitizer is great for this situation. The alcohol in hand sanitizer helps melt the ice. And if you think of it at the end of the night, you can proactively apply hand sanitizer to your locks to prevent ice from forming in the first place.

Clear Nail Polish Can Protect Window Chips

Nail polish is the hero once again with this quick trick. Applying clear nail polish to small window cracks can help keep the crack from spreading. First, wash the area with soap and hot water and wait for it to dry completely. Apply a thin layer of clear nail polish to the area and then let it dry. The crack should be sealed and protected after this process.

Hot Car Cool-Down

If your car has been sitting in the sun all day, it’s going to be boiling inside. The fastest way to cool down your hot car is to open all the windows and then open the driver’s side door. Having that specific door open will create a low-pressure wind that will suck the hot air up and away.

Kitty Litter Defroster

If you seem to be battling a foggy window a lot, especially in the winter, then this hack is for you. Fill a sock with kitty litter and place it on your dashboard near the windshield. The kitty litter will help absorb condensation and defog your windows quickly.

Wipe Down Your Windshield Wipers

The windshield wipers are an area of the car that we don’t think about cleaning, but it can make a big difference. Even when you go through a car wash, the wipers are usually missed because they are laying flat. Rubbing alcohol on a rag is amazing for this spot. Once all the grime is removed, the blades will work like new again.

Cover Your Mirrors To Prevent Ice

Cars and winter are not a great combo, but we still need them to get around. Anything that helps with the ice build-up is a welcome hack. One tip we received is to put ziplock bags over your side mirrors when not in use. This will help keep frost from building up and cause less frustration in the morning. Another trick is to spray the ice with rubbing alcohol and it will melt quickly

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