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5 car hacks designed to make driving less stressful

Follow these five simple tips to make driving easier.

Happy driver! Image by khaybe, CC 2.0 via Flickr

Happy driver! Image by khaybe, CC 2.0 via Flickr

Driving can be tough. Sure, it looks easy – push pedals with your feet and turn a big wheel around and around. But the drivers amongst us know there’s a lot more to it than that.

In fact driving can be pretty stressful and, at times, quite costly. To try and relieve some of the stresses of motoring, we’ve trawled the internet to bring you a selection of the best car hacks there are.

Drop a pin

When you park your car in a town or city you’re unfamiliar with, drop a pin on your phone’s map app. This means when the time comes for you to go back to your vehicle, you’ll be able to navigate your way to it with ease.

There are lots of other apps that can help your driving experience.

Steamy windows

Windows steaming up is a common bugbear for motorists. It usually occurs in the colder months and is caused by hot air inside the car (your breath) meeting cold surfaces (your car windows).

Steamy windows can often mean having to sit and wait for them to clear, adding time to your journey and potentially even making you late for work or an appointment.

One way around this is to fill an old sock with cat litter and leave it inside the vehicle. This will absorb the moisture in the air giving you a steam-free windscreen.

Scroll to the bottom of this page for a demonstration video!

Car mats

Now and again, living in the UK, we’re faced with some pretty horrible weather. It can come in all shapes and sizes. Rain, wind, snow, and hail. You name it; we’ve probably had it.

On occasions the weather has been so bad that cars have got stuck in either snow or mud. The wheels just spin. They don’t gain any traction at all. Anyone who has suffered this will tell you, it’s a nightmare. Winter tyres are a huge help, but there are some situations where you need a handy car hack.

You may not know that your car mats can come in pretty handy here.

If you find yourself in the position where your car’s stuck in the snow or mud, put your car mats out just in front of your wheels and they will help you gain traction, getting your vehicle moving again.

Protect your car doors

We’ve all been there, you’ve opened your car door just a touch too far and you’ve hit it off the wall in your driveway or garage. Now you’re left with a horrible chip in your car’s paint job.

We’ve a relatively cheap way to avoid such an occurrence. Buy a pool noodle, or water log, (the kind you see kids using when learning to swim), cut it in half, and then attach it to the wall next to where you park your car.

Now when you open your door too far it will simply hit the soft, foamy noodle instead of a hard, coarse wall. And your car’s paint job will remain perfect.

Filling up your tank

When filling your car’s fuel tank hold the trigger on the pump halfway. This will ensure you get more fuel in your tank and less air, resulting in fewer trips to the filling station.

Remember, these are only a selection of great car hacks. If you have more or ones that you think are better, feel free to share them with us.

We have a wide range of parts and accessories, such as car mats, which are available for most makes and models.

Perfect for helping you carry out some of the hacks we’ve touched on and making your driving experience much more enjoyable.

How to Stop Car Windows Steaming Up

About the Author

Graeme Geddes

Staff Writer at Arnold Clark