There’s no doubt that cars have made our lives so much easier. But as much as we’ve benefitted from them, they can sometimes be quite a nuisance. Frozen locks, foggy windows and accidentally locking ourselves out are some of the annoying things we never want to deal with but sadly have to. Cars, like with anything else in life, have their own set of tips and hacks that every driver should know. Here are five examples guaranteed to come in handy in the future.
1. A Shoelace Can Unlock a Car
Accidentally locked yourself out of your car? A good old crowbar can get it unlocked but so can a shoelace. Simply remove your shoelace (if you’re wearing sneakers), then tie a small noose-like knot in the middle. Then wiggle the lace in the crack between the door. Continue to lower it until the lace has looped around the head of the lock. Once it’s in place, tighten the noose so that it’s secure around the head of the lock. Finally jerk the lace up until the door unlocks.
2. Jump Your Dead Car Battery with a Rope
If you’re ever stranded in the middle of nowhere and can’t get a jump start, here’s a temporary solution. We have to admit that this hack only works for smaller vehicles with a manual transmission. You’ll only need two things: a jack and rope. First, make sure the car is parked in third gear. Then turn on the car and wrap the rope around the elevated tire several times. Give the rope a swift pull and the kinetic energy will get the tires moving, hopefully long enough until you can get a real jump-start.
3. Hand Sanitizer for Frozen Locks
Frozen locks are one of the many annoying things that come with the winter. Luckily for you, hand sanitizer can do a lot more than just kill most germs. The higher freezing point of the alcohol present in hand sanitizer makes it possible to melt the ice in your car’s lock. Just rub some of the gel onto the tip of the car key, then edge it into the icy lock for 30 seconds. The alcohol will slowly lower the water’s freezing point, causing it to melt. At this point, you should be able to fully push your key in and twist it open.
4. Kitty Litter Can Defog a Window
If it’s not icy car locks, then it’s foggy windows due to the air outside being a little too cool for school, or too cool to see out of. If you happen to be a cat lover, you’ll be happy to know that your kitty litter does more than absorb foul odors. You can even use it to defog your car windows or any other window for that matter. All you have to do is put some into an old sock, tie it off, then rest it on the dashboard. Cat litter is great at absorbing moisture which is exactly what it will do to the extra condensation in the air.
5. A Car Seat Headrest Breaks a Submerged Car
Not many people find themselves trapped underwater in a vehicle, so this hack is not something you will have to do very often, thankfully. Just in case you do find yourself in such a situation and can’t get any of the doors or windows open, remember this simple trick. Remove the detachable headset and use the supporting prongs to hit the corners of the window. With enough force, the blunt tip of the stem will cause the glass to shatter, like a scene straight out of an action movie.
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