Being a good driver can be challenging. Yes, you stop whenever the red light is on and stay on your lanes all the time, yet somehow, you always end up with a ticket, a crack on your windshield or a scratch on the side of your car. Here are COCOGEN's 11 hacks every experienced driver has up their sleeves to survive city driving.
1. Fix up those scratches with nail polish.
What do you know, this actually works. Just use clear nail polish to fill in the scratches in your car. This is also helpful in covering exposed metal parts of the car to prevent such parts from accumulating rust. Clear nail polish also works well in preventing windshield cracks from spreading.
Save up on gas or diesel by hypermiling – stop way ahead of the standard two-second rule, don’t slam on the brakes when stopping, turn off the engine if on stop for longer than expected; all these can help you improve your car’s fuel economy.
3. Document where you parked your car with your smartphone.
You already know that you should not use your phones while driving. Now when parking, put those smartphones to good use and take a few snapshots of where you parked your car. Make sure you got a couple of markers that will help you find your car, because let’s face it, no matter how hard we try, it’s sometimes a feat to try and locate your vehicle in a sea of cars.
4. Get rid of foggy headlights with toothpaste.
The stuff that makes our teeth pearly white apparently also works for your car’s headlights. Grab a tube of toothpaste, slather it on your headlight, buff it with a dry cloth, rinse with water, wipe, and voila! Flash them new shiny headlights.
5. Use a lightweight keychain.
The keychain you use to hold your car keys can actually have an impact on your car, no matter how trivial it is. Using a heavier keychain can weigh down your ignition switch, giving way to its overuse.
6. Throw out all the mess you have in your trunk.
Doing so increases your car’s gas mileage. Yep, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the United States, says so. For every hundred pounds of weight you throw away, your car’s fuel economy is reduced by 2%. Do the math.
7. Don’t get conned by asking a question you already know the answer to.
Here’s a trick. If you’re unsure whether this mechanic or auto-garage you’ll be leaving your car in is trustworthy, just ask him/her about a part of your car that you know is in good shape. Any honest mechanic who is worth their salt will tell you straight up whether this particular part is damaged or not.
8. Cool down your car by opening only the driver and passenger windows.
If you’re having trouble with your car’s air conditioning, roll down the windows by the driver and passenger seat and keep the windows at the back closed. Doing so will let in a strong breeze. This is not advisable if you live in or are driving through the the city, though. You amy inhale all of the city’s dust.
9. Turn your steering wheel 180 degrees on a hot day.
When your car has been left outside the house under the scorching heat of the day, driving it at once will be a challenge. One tip: turn your steering wheel 180 degrees when you park it. In that case, the top part will not be hot when you get back to drive it.
10. Position your side mirrors in such a way that no part of your car can be seen in them.
If you can see your car in your side mirrors, you’re doing it wrong. Your side mirrors should reflect incoming traffic coming in from your left and right sides. Doing so will reduce your blind spots, therefore and (hopefully), reduce your chances of getting into an accident.
11. Use your floor mats when your car gets stuck in the mud.
How many of us have ever hoped that this doesn’t happen to us, but you know, every once in a while, life surprises us and we get stuck in… mud. When this happens, just grab the floor mats inside your car and use these for traction. All you have to worry now is how to wash off the mud from these mats later.
Being a good driver isn’t overrated. Make use of these genius hacks for an easier driving life.
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The author of this article contributed in their own personal capacity. The views expressed are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of COCOGEN Insurance.