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4 Automotive Life Hacks That Will Change Your Life

4 Automotive Life Hacks That Will Change Your Life

From keeping your car clean to getting the most out of its performance, there are a ton of automotive-related life hacks that you may not be familiar with. But with a little knowledge and know-how, you can keep your ride looking great and doing more than you initially bargained for. Here are the top 4 automotive life hacks:

1. Clean your headlights with toothpaste

That’s right, toothpaste is not only great for making your pearly whites shine bright, but it can also make your headlights shine even brighter. Your headlights may fog up over time, and not only will this give your entire vehicle a dingier appearance, but it will also severely inhibit your light output. But after you squeeze a little toothpaste on your lights, polish them with an old toothbrush, and rinse it all off with a little water, you’ll find that the casing of your lights will have become crystal clear. You’ll really notice a difference when you’re driving after dark.

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2. Use your seat warmers to keep your dinner warm

This one works for vehicles with built-in seat warmers. If you’re picking up takeout or pizza – especially on a cold winter night – get your passenger seat warmer going on your way to the restaurant. On your way home, set your piping hot meal on the seat warmer to keep things warm until you arrive at your destination.

Your loving family and friends waiting at home will definitely appreciate the special attention to detail, and so will you! Your pizza will be cheesier, tacos will be crispier, and hamburgers will be juicer thanks to this genius trick.

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Bon appetit!

3. Park outside in icy weather? Keep your nose pointed east!

There are few things as annoying as getting up to scrape your windshield on a frosty cold morning. While outdoor car covers[1] can be a great way to keep your ride ice free, there are also other ways to keep your car moving in the morning. One way is to park with your windshield headed east. As the sun rises, the eastern rays will work to warm up your windshield for a couple of hours before you get up.

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You may still need your scraper, but it’s likely that your windshield wipers will be able to finish the job now. Either way, you’ll be glad to have the sun lending you a helping hand. This tasty trick will get you on the road even faster, so you may have time to stop in for a foaming hot latte before pulling into work. Why don’t you pick one up for us while you’re at it?

4. Stuck in mud or snow? Your floor mats can get you out of that jam

By putting your floor mats right in front of your tires, you’ll yourself a sold surface to drive on. This can be the difference between pulling yourself out of a ditch and just spinning your wheels. It might trash your mats if you have cheaper mats or carpeted mats, but safety is always more important. And if you have a set of durable mats like these from Husky Liners, they’ll probably hold up to the stress, but you may need to hose them off once you get home.

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Whether the problem is snow-covered roads, or wet, post-rain mudding trails, this floor mat trick is one that you’ll be glad to have learned.

So there you have it, the top 4 car hacks that while you may not have thought of them, now you’ll never forget them. Thanks for reading, and hopefully some of these tips can help you out!

Reference

[1]Auto Accessories: Outdoor Car Covers

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Last Updated on December 2, 2018

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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Review Your Past Flow

Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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