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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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10 Powerful Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Living Today

10 Powerful Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Living Today

Plato knew that the body and mind are intimately linked. And in the late 1800s, the Mayo brothers, famous physicians, estimated that over half of all hospital beds are filled with people suffering from frustration, anxiety, worry and despair. Causes of worry are everywhere, in our relationships and our jobs, so it’s key we find ways to take charge of the stress.

In his classic book How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, Dale Carnegie offers tools to ditch excessive worrying that help you make a worry-free environment for your private and professional life.

These are the top 10 tips to grab worry by the horns and wrestle it to the ground:

1. Make Your Decision and Never Look Back

Have you ever made a decision in life only to second-guess it afterwards? Of course you have! It’s hard not to wonder whether you’ve done the right thing and whether there might still be time to take another path.

But keep this in mind: you’ve already made your decision, so act decisively on it and dismiss all your anxiety about it.

Don’t stop to hesitate, to reconsider, or to retrace your steps. Once you’ve chosen a course of action, stick to it and never waver.

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2. Live for Today, Package Things up in “Day-Tight Compartments”

You know that feeling: tossing, turning and worrying over something that happened or something that might, well into the wee hours. To avoid this pointless worrying, you need “day-tight compartments”. Much as a ship has different watertight compartments, your own “day-tight” ones are a way to limit your attention to the present day.

The rule is simple: whatever happened in the past or might happen in the future must not intrude upon today. Everything else has to wait its turn for tomorrow’s box or stay stuck in the past.

3. Embrace the Worst-Case Scenario and Strategize to Offset It

If you’re worried about something, ask yourself: “What’s the worst thing that could happen?” Could you lose your job? Be jailed? Get killed?

Whatever the “worst” might be, it’s probably not so world-ending. You could probably even bounce back from it!

If, for example, you lose your job, you could always find another. Once you accept the worst-case scenario and get thinking about contingency plans, you’ll feel calmer.

4. Put a Lid on Your Worrying

Sometimes we stress endlessly about negative experiences when just walking away from them would serve us far better.

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To make squashing that worry easier, try this strategy, straight from stock traders: it’s called the “stop-loss” order, where shares are bought at a certain price, and then their price development is observed. If things go badly and the share price hits a certain point, they are sold off immediately. This stops the loss from increasing further.

In the same manner, you can put a stop-loss order on things that cause you stress and grief.

5. Fake It ‘Til You Make It – Happiness, That Is

We can’t directly influence how we feel, but we can nudge ourselves to change through how we think and act.

If you’re feeling sad or low, slap a big grin on your face and whistle a chipper tune. You’ll find it impossible to be blue when acting cheerful. But you don’t necessarily need to act outwardly happy; you can simply think happier thoughts instead.

Marcus Aurelius summed it up aptly:

“Our life is what our thoughts make it.”

6. Give for the Joy of Giving

When we perform acts of kindness, we often do so with the expectation of gratitude. But harboring such expectations will probably leave you disappointed.

One person well aware of this fact was the lawyer Samuel Leibowitz. Over the course of his career, Leibowitz saved 78 people from going to the electric chair. Guess how many thanked him? None.

So stop expecting gratitude when you’re kind to someone. Instead, take joy from the act yourself.

7. Dump Envy – Enjoy Being Uniquely You

Your genes are completely unique. Even if someone had the same parents as you, the likelihood of someone identical to you being born is just one in 300,000 billion.

Despite this amazing fact, many of us long to be someone else, thinking the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. But living your life this way is pointless. Embrace your uniqueness and get comfortable with who you really are: How to Be True to Yourself and Live the Life You Want

8. Haters Will Hate — It Just Means You’re Doing It Right

When you’re criticized, it often means you’re accomplishing something noteworthy. In fact, let’s take it a step further and consider this: the more you’re criticized, the more influential and important a person you likely are.

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So the next time somebody talks you down, don’t let it get to you. Take it as a compliment!

9. Chill Out! Learn to Rest Before You Get Tired

Scientists agree that emotions are the most common cause of fatigue. And it works the other way around, too: fatigue produces more worries and negative emotions.

It should be clear, therefore, that you’ve got to relax regularly before you feel tired. Otherwise, worries and fatigue will accumulate on top of each other.

It’s impossible to worry when you are relaxed, and regular rest helps you maintain your ability to work effectively.

10. Get Organized and Enjoy Your Work

There are few greater sources of misery in life than having to work, day in, day out, in a job you despise. It would make sense then that you shouldn’t pick a job you hate, or even just dislike doing.

But say you already have a job. How can you make it more enjoyable and worry-free? One way is to stay organized: a desk full of unanswered mails and memos is sure to breed worries.

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Better yet, rethink about the job you’re doing: What to Do When You Hate Your Job but Want a Successful Career

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