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9 Car Hacks You Wish To Know Earlier to Hack Every Complex Car Situation

9 Car Hacks You Wish To Know Earlier to Hack Every Complex Car Situation

Cars are complex. Cars are infuriating. And you’re not a mechanic, so it doesn’t take much for you to find yourself banging your head off the wall trying to fix some mystery problem. You could just take it to the garage, but that gets expensive — and you’re not always able to get the infernal machine there in the first place.

The following car guide is kindly provided by the Jennings Motor Group UK car accessories shop. It will show you what you need to do to turn potentially complex situations into no problem with simple fixes — whether that means mechanical, ease of use, or aesthetics.

1. Use Sticky Sweets to Fix the Fuel Tank

A hole in the fuel tank is literally like watching money leak out of your car. For a temporary fix until you can get it to a mechanic, find a sticky sweet, chew it, and then smear it across the hole. Use a rag to make sure the sweet dries and it should form a crust that survives at least for a while. You can even use some thick chewing gum to accomplish the same goal.

2. Clean Your Headlights with Toothpaste

Foggy headlights are a nightmare, but you can easily keep them clean with toothpaste. Whitening toothpaste is especially adept at this.

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All you need to make this hack a reality is your elbow grease. Smear the toothpaste across the plastic lens cover and then rub it with a soft cloth. Rinse it off with cold water and wait for it to dry. Some alternatives to this could be furniture polish or car wax.

3. Make a Shoe into a Cup Holder

If you happen to be driving an older car, you may be in the position where you don’t have a place to put your cup. You could just buy a newer car, but that would be admitting defeat. Instead, use an old shoe to do the same thing. Fit a shoe between the gear shift or the seat and your drink will instantly have lots of stability.

You might want to test drive different shoes for this — a boot will work far better than a high heel, for example.

4. Remove Your Car Registration Sticker with Wet Newspaper

Every so often, you’ll have to remove your out-of-date registration stickers. They nearly always leave a horrible mark behind, so the way around that is the morning news. Take some newspaper and wet it with some warm water. Place the warm newspaper over the sticker for approximately ten minutes.

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When it’s finished, the sticker will just fall off in your hand. Clear the pieces away and your windshield should be pristine.

5. Add Keys to a Keyring Using a Staple Remover

There’s nothing more annoying than trying to add a key to a keyring. They can rip up your nails and your fingers in the process.

To get around this, you should try using a staple remover. Just apply the teeth of the staple remover between the two rings and press down. They will separate and then you can add the key. Go through the same process to do it in reverse.

6. Keep Your Pizza Hot Using a Seat Warmer

Is there anything more frustrating in the world than getting a hot, steaming pizza and then getting it home and realising it’s gone cold because you were stuck in traffic?

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The answer to that is in your seat warmer. Just switch on the seat warmer during the drive home and it will constantly warm the box from underneath. It’s a surprisingly easy hack that a lot of people forget about.

7. Stop Banging Your Doors in the Garage with a Tennis Ball

A tennis ball hanging from something in the garage can ensure that you never hit your doors or roof again. As soon as you touch the tennis ball, you know you need to stop. How you hang the tennis ball depends on your garage, but most garages already have something you can hang it from. Even a nail is good enough if that’s the only thing you can think of.

8. Never Forget Where Your Car is Parked Using an App

There’s an app for everything these days, and your car is no exception. Everyone forgets where their car is parked, and sooner or later you’re going to worry that you’re just going to have to buy a new car.

Never fear because the iParkedHere app allows you to input exactly where your car is. Using GPS, you can just follow the arrows back to your car.

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9. Remove Small Scratches with Nail Polish

There is nothing more frustrating than parking next to a car and realising that they’ve left a scratch on your car when they were leaving. Fixing poor judgement is hard, but you can fix the small scratches using nail polish.

Try to find a colour that matches your car. It’s unlikely that you’ll find anything exact, but that’s why you’re only using it on small areas. From a distance, people aren’t going to notice — and it’s much cheaper!

These hacks will stop you from wasting your time and money. What do you think are the best hacks for making cars a less complex issue?

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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