15 Life Hacks to Make You a Better Driver and Improve Your Kia

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Life hacks are little ways that you can drastically improve your life—and that’s definitely something we approve of here at Burlington Kia. We know that driving a Kia can improve your life, but how can you use life hacks to improve the life of your Kia? Here are fifteen of our favorite life hacks for the car and for drivers!

1. Use toothpaste to clear cloudy headlights. This one is for years down the road, after you’ve had your Kia for a while. Just like it keeps your teeth clean and healthy, toothpaste can keep your headlights bright and clear. Use a little bit on a toothbrush, scrub them really well, and then wipe away, being sure not to get any toothpaste on the paint job. You’ll be safer when driving in the dark!

2. Use a putty knife to remove old registration stickers. If you live in an area of New Jersey that requires your car to have a registration, either for tollbooth/bridges, or for parking purposes, getting the old registration off to put the new one on can be a pain in the butt. Just scrape up the corner and then carefully scrape the sticker and the sticky stuff off your windshield with a putty knife.

3. Use a staple remover to put a cool keychain on your keys. Instead of breaking all of your fingernails trying to hold the key ring open long enough to put a keychain on, just use a staple remover. It bites in between the rings and holds them far enough open to get the keychain on.

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4. Use those seat warmers to keep a pizza hot. If you get the Kia upgrade that includes the seat warmers, you can use them to keep other things warm, besides just yourself. They’ll keep a pizza nice and warm as you drive it home.

5. Use a pool noodle to stop banging your car doors on the walls of your garage. Cutting a pool noodle in half and affixing it to the wall of your garage is a great way to protect your Kia’s doors from getting banged up every time you park in the garage.

6. Use a parking app to keep track of where you left your car. Forgetting where you parked is the worst! There are lots of apps that allow you to set your car’s location and then easily find your way back to it, once you’re done with your task.

7. Get the navigation upgrade and save time and gas. Kia’s navigational system is designed to get you to the right location in the shortest amount of time—that means using less gas. Did you know that drivers that use navigation use less gas over the lifetime of their car than other drivers? Doesn’t that sound like a good deal?

8. Park your car towards the rising sun for better defrosting each morning. If you can’t park your car inside on a snow New Jersey night, try parking it so that your windshield faces east. That way, as the sun rises, it will get a jump on defrosting.

9. Get the proper mirror position. You once wanted to be able to see the edges of your car in your rearview mirrors. What this does is actually widen your blind spot. Instead, adjust them so that you can see more of the road.

10. Cool down your car fast. This one’s for the summer months! Start by rolling down all the windows except one. Then, get out of your car and flap the door with the rolled up window open and closed a few times. This will circulate the air in the car and drive all the really hot air out the windows.

11. Learn about hypermiling. Hypermiling is a series of changes that drivers can make to their driving habits that improves the gas mileage of their car. When undertaken with a Kia, you can seriously boost the already impressive miles per gallon, just with a few simple changes like not tailgating (which allows you to not tramp on your brakes every time the car ahead does), and not flooring your gas pedal, but accelerating gradually, over a larger distance. Basically it means driving in a more moderate fashion so that the car uses its gas more efficiently.

12. Don’t overload your keys. Did you know that a heavy keychain can actually harm your car’s ignition? Most people don’t think about how delicate that ignition actually is, and has to be. Heavy key chains pull down on the mechanism and can cause it to deteriorate over time—which means that the car’s whole electrical system can fail.

13. Get a cigarette lighter charger. If you don’t smoke, you can make the most of your cigarette lighter by actually getting an adapter that lets you plug in a USB. That means you can charge your phone and tablet while you drive.

14. Use hand sanitizer to melt iced over keyholes. If you wake up in the morning and find your car iced over—not that uncommon here in New Jersey—use a little bit of hand sanitizer to melt the ice around your keyhole, so you can get the key in and start your Kia’s defrosting process.

15. Use a little cooking oil to keep your doors from freezing shut. If you’re also finding that your Kia’s doors freeze shut during the height of the winter, try rubbing the plastic and rubber down with a little bit of cooking oil before you head inside to keep warm while the snow or ice falls outside. This will prevent your doors from freezing shut so you have easy access to your car next time you need it.

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