We spend a lot of time in our cars. From daily commutes to weekend trips to the mountains, automobiles have become something we often take for granted. Get efficient and up your vehicle game with these clever hacks.
Make trips to the grocery store more efficient by placing a laundry basket or crate in your trunk to hold your grocery bags. Bonus tip: keep insulated cooler bags in the baskets for milk, meat, and other temperature-sensitive items.
Seat Warmers for Food
Picking up a pizza or other takeout item? If you’re lucky enough to have toasty heated seats, place the food on your passenger’s seat to keep it warm while you drive home!
Cupcake Cup Holders
Eliminate the sticky, dusty mess that inevitably builds up in your cup holder by buying some reusable silicone cupcake cups. Place the cups in your cupholder to easily hold change, drinks, and more. To clean, just take them out and wash them with dish soap.
Penny Tire Tread Check
Did you know you can check your tire tread with a penny? Turn the penny upside down so Lincoln’s head is facing downwards, then place in your tread. If the tire covers part of Lincoln’s head, your tires are good. If the penny doesn’t touch his head, it might be time for new tires.
Colorado residents know the weather can change pretty quickly here. Don’t get trapped outside a frozen vehicle. Make your own de-icer spray using one part rubbing alcohol to one part water. Put mixture into a spray bottle and keep in your car. If your lock is frozen, you can also use hand sanitizer to thaw it.
Car Trash Can
Pick up an inexpensive plastic cereal or pet food container and line with a trash bag for a space-savvy car trash can. You can keep it behind the seats for easy access, and it’ll also help your kids or other passengers to clean up after themselves.
Compressed Air Cleaning
Clean dust out of tight spaces like air vents and door frames by using the same compressed air you see for computer keyboards. Freshen up your air vents with scented clips or essential oils on cottonballs.
Avoid Foggy Windows
Nothing is quite as stressful as foggy windows, especially if you’re already driving. Prevent fog from building by applying shaving cream to your windows and cleaning it off. You can also place a sock full of cat litter on your dashboard overnight to absorb moisture and prevent fogging.
Mice and other rodents are known to take refuge in cars during cold winter months. Prevent this by placing a few dryer sheets under the hood of your vehicle. The smell will deter them from nesting in your car.
Avoid the harshest rays of the day with a removable piece of window tint. Make sure it can be easily removed and reapplied so you can adjust it as needed. This one is also great if you have kids in the car. We hope these clever car hacks give you some ideas on how to make your car more efficient. There are plenty of DIY ways to customize your car, and most cost next to nothing! From all of us here at Quick-Set Auto Glass, drive safely out there.