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The car life hacks you never thought of

Everyone loves a life hack. Our lumps of metal designed for transport may not be something we often think about ‘life hacking’, but there’s a few little tricks you can do with your motor to make life that little bit easier. Here’s our tips...

Hold the lock button to raise all the windows

We’ve all done it on a hot summer’s day. You’ve had your window down to catch some fresh air, parked up and then walked away before realising you’ve forgotten to wind it back up again.

Now you’re going to have to head back to the car, turn the ignition back on and put it up again, right? Not if you drive a recent VW Group car, (Volkswagen, Seat, Skoda, Audi to name a few) — or a Honda NSX for that matter. Take the key fob and just hold down the lock button for a few seconds, and watch as the glass comes back up.

Check your tyres with a 20p

For tyres to be legal for use in the UK, they must have a tread depth of at least 1.6mm — and ideally you’d want a fair bit more than that. Checking this could be an issue for most though, as you’d need a dedicated tool to know how much tread is left.

Step in the humble 20p coin. See that little outer rim? That’s 2.7mm in depth — perfect for ensuring your tyres are in good nick. If the tread stops below it, it’s probably a good time to start looking for replacement rubber. 

Boost your locking range with a key fob to the head

This one may seem like a myth, but really, it works! Ok so science suggests it could just be the act of raising the key fob higher, therefore allowing a better range of signal, but there’s also some research claiming  that your head could effectively be working as a giant infrared signal booster.

Next time you’re in the supermarket car park, give this one a go — even if passersby might offer an odd look or two in the process.

Keep food warm with heated seats

Nobody likes cold fast food. You’ve done the drive through, gotten home and then opened up your brown bag of delight to find frozen nuggets and cold chips — it’s grim, really.

Well you can at least try to counter that if your car is blessed with heated seats. Stick your food on the passenger seat (in the container, of course) and stick the heating element on full blast. Of course, this is only effective to a point and results will vary depending on the seat itself and how hot your food was when you got it — but it’s worth a crack. 

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