There’s nothing like learning a few simple life hacks to make life easier. Life hacks are just little tricks to make things work better and more efficiently, whether it’s in the kitchen or in the car (or anywhere else, for that matter). In fact, there are a ton of life hacks for the car that many drivers aren’t familiar with.
The following are five of the best life hacks that you should use for your car:
Storage hammock – Many cars have car coat hooks, but they tend to be a real nuisance. Hanging a bar across the hooks so that you can hang a bunch of clothes or jackets off of it makes it more difficult to see behind you if you are driving and can be really annoying to anyone sitting in the back seat. Instead of using these car coat hooks, pick up a mesh bungee from a motorcycle shop (they’re intended for holding spare helmets on the rear of a motorcycle) and attach the four corners to the grab handles on your car’s ceiling. This will create a taught hammock like space, allowing you to store jackets and clothes up against the ceiling. Because most cars are curved towards the top, this shouldn’t block the view of the driver.
Cup holders – The cup holders in most cars are barely adequate and are still kind of hard to use while driving. Pick up a gimbaled drink holder from a marine or boating store that you can mount directly onto the door panel of your car, making it much more convenient to reach your drink while driving safely.
Moveable shades – There’s nothing more aggravating then driving right into a setting sun. The sunlight makes it incredibly difficult to see the road ahead, and the visors on your car never seem to be able to block all of glare. Moveable shades are basically small moveable tinted plastic sheets that you can move across your windshield. They are used by pilots in flight to help block glare and can just as easily be used in your car.
Melt frozen locks – If you’re driving around in New York, then odds are good that you’ve experienced iced over car locks during the winter. So what’s the best way to get into your car if your lock has frozen over? Simply put a little bit of water less hand sanitizer onto your car key before inserting it into the lock. The alcohol content in the hand sanitizer will melt the ice in the lock.
Fixing damage – Guess what? Not all damage requires that you take your car to the body shop to get it fixed – especially cosmetic damage. You can fix smaller scratches and dents by yourself. Use nail polish to fill in any scratches in the paint and to cover up metal that has been exposed in order to avoid rust. To remove dents, pick up some dry ice at a grocery store and apply it to the dent. The extreme cold will actually pop dents back into place – just be sure to wear gloves when handling dry ice.
These are five of the best life hacks for your car. If you are in the market for a new or used KIA, then be sure to contact us at Burlington KIA to ask about our huge inventory of KIA vehicles, including the 2015 KIA Optima. Feel free to drop in at any time at our Burlington KIA dealership, located at 7 West 130 South in Burlington, NJ. We hope to see you soon!