The driving hacks you need to try now
Whether it’s ironing out the creases in a shirt by hanging it beside a running shower or using a loo roll tube to increase the volume of music on your phone, everyone loves a life hack.
You might not have given it a second thought, but there are many car-related hacks that can make life just a little bit easier. We’ve rounded up some of the best here…
Lower your kerb side mirror when parking
Parallel parking is one of the most stressful aspects of driving for many people, but you can make life easier with this little trick.
If you angle the mirror on the kerb side down, you can see your rear wheel and how close it is to the kerb. It takes the stress away from worrying about kerbing your alloys!
Raise the windows using your key
On a hot summer’s day there’s often nothing better than winding down the windows to let a little fresh air in. But we’ve all parked up, walked away from the car and realised we forgot to put them up again.
However, rather than having to get back in the car, turn it on, and put the windows up, owners of some cars – particularly Volkswagen Group cars such as VW, Seat and Audi – can simply hold the lock button down for a few seconds to see those windows rise.
Put the parcel shelf between the seats when folding flat
Having the ability to drop the rear seats means many cars can go from having a humble boot to offering van-like loading capacity. However, you’ll often find you need to remove the parcel shelf to fit large items, leaving you nowhere to put it.
However, if you slide it between the folded seats and those in front, it gives you a perfect storage spot and protects the back of the seats too.
Use heated seats to heat your food
There’s nothing worse than picking up a takeaway and finding that your food is already cold when you get home – nobody likes chilly chips. However, if you’re lucky enough to have heated seats, you can use them to keep your Chinese warm – just pop your food bag on the passenger seat, crank the heating up to maximum, and then enjoy your warm takeaway when you get home.
Check tyre tread with a 20p coin
Keeping your tyres in top shape is one of the most important things you can do as a motorist. In the UK, the legal minimum is 1.6mm, but in reality you want to be changing them before you hit that limit.
Some tyres have built in markers so you know when they need changing, but another easy way to check is to get a 20p coin. The outer rim of the coin is 2.7mm, so if you place it in the tread and can see the rim it’s probably time to buy some new rubber.
Boost your key fob’s range
While this might seem like an urban myth, it really works. If you hold your key to your head, it extends the range to let you lock the car from further away.
There are conflicting theories about why, whether it’s to do with your head acting like a signal booster or simply because the fob is higher in the air. Either way, it works!