Automobile tips And tricks
Many people assume that you need to be some kind of auto mechanic (either literally or a hobbyist) to not only be as prepared as you need to be, but to keep your car in excellent working order. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. Here are some simple tips, tricks, best practices and car hacks that will not only keep you safe wherever you go, but that can actually help improve the performance, the fuel efficiency and other attributes of your vehicle at the same time.
You do NOT need to be some type of car expert to make use of these tips – all you need is a little knowledge, some good, old- fashioned elbow grease and (often) the right product by your side.
1. FIND OUT IF YOU NEED NEW TIRES THE EASY WAY
Find Out if You Need New Tires the Easy Way
One great trick that every car owner should know involves finding out how to tell if you need new tires – it’ll only cost you a penny!
The next time you’re curious about whether or not it’s time for new tires, take a penny and insert it into your tire’s tread groove. Make sure that Abe Lincoln’s head is upside down and facing towards you at the time. If you can see all of Honest Abe’s head, that means that your tread depth is less than the recommended 1/16 inches (1.6mm) – meaning that it’s time to head to the store and pick up a new set of tires before you get yourself in some trouble.
2. DE-ICE YOUR WINDSHIELD WITH VINEGAR
De-Ice Your Windshield with Vinegar
If you live in an area that has particularly bad winters, one situation that is unfortunately all too common involves ice in the worst possible places. Sometimes you’ll go out to your car in the morning and be greeted by a thick later of ice on your windshield that your defroster just can’t seem to handle on its own. Other times that ice will be in the worst possible place – your locks. You may think that pouring hot water on it will instantly solve your problem, but that will only make it worse. Instead, use a vinegar and water mixture to melt ice the efficient way.
3. KEEP A ROADSIDE HERO IN YOUR CAR RECOMMENDED Car Tips and Hacks All Car Owners Should Know
If you’ve ever been involved in a serious car accident, you know just how traumatic it can be. In the United States alone nearly 40,000 people per year are killed in car accidents. That’s why it’s imperative that every American have the RoadSide Hero in their cars. It has 9-in-1 Multi-Function life saving tools. It can function as a belt/rope cutter, glass breaker, hammer, compass, mounting magnet, flashlight/strobe/emergency light, powerbank and solar panel. This is the ultimate tool that should be in every vehicle.
4. KNOW WHICH SIDE YOUR GAS TANK IS
Car Tips and Hacks All Car Owners Should Know
If you’re driving a new car in particular, you may have a hard time remembering which side your gas tank is on. You shouldn’t, however – as that information is right on your dashboard! Just look at the fuel indicator and search for the little “gas” icon. Whichever side the arrow is pointing to is the side of your car that your tank is on! This trick is particularly helpful if you’re ever driving a friend’s car or happen to be in a rental for a few days.
5. HOW TO JUMP START YOUR CAR BATTERY RECOMMENDED Car Tips and Hacks All Car Owners Should Know
Make no mistake: you should always know exactly how to jump start your car, no question. This is especially true if you live in an area that experiences all four seasons, as dead batteries are very common during the cold winter months and hot summer months of the year especially.
But more than that, you should always have a tool that lets you jump start your car battery on your own – which is exactly what the Portable Car Battery Jump Starter and USB Power Bank with LED Flashlight was built for. You get a portable 12 volt, 12000 mah 400 A portable battery jump starter AND the ability to charge your mobile devices at the exact same time. Not only will this make sure that you’re ready for anything, but it’s also another example of something that is compact enough to keep in your glove box as well.