16 Funky Tips & Tricks Every Driver Should Know

What many may not know is that you don’t need a professional mechanic for everything car related! Here is a list of funky ways to keep your car safe, clean, fuel efficient, and in full working order.

  1. Check the tread of your tyres using a R10 coin. Your tread should be no less than 1.6mm.
  2. If you ever find yourself in such a cold environment that your windshield ices up, de-ice it using vinegar in a spray bottle.
  3. Never forget which side your petrol tank is on by looking for the small arrow beside the gas sign on your dash.
  4. Use toothpaste to clean foggy looking headlight caps.
  5. Use your rubber car mats to help you get out your tyres out of a muddy situation.
  6. If you find a small crack in your windshield, use clear nail polish to seal it before it gets bigger and requires a replacement.
  7. Clean your air vents using a foam paint brush.
  8. Shine up your leather interior using olive oil and a soft cloth.
  9. Always know where your spare tyre is. It is usually located either beneath your car or in your boot!
  10. Use a plunger to remove small dents.
  11. Cover small scratches in your paint by finding a matching nail polish colour.
  12. Refresh your windshield wipers by cleaning them with alcohol and a soft cloth.
  13. If your children love slime, it could come in handy here! Use it to pick up dust and lint.
  14. Get rid of nasty odours by spreading baking soda on your fabric seats or car mats and vacuuming it back up.
  15. Use a coffee filter to dust your interior.
  16. Hold your key fob to the bottom of your chin to increase its range when looking for your vehicle in a crowded parking lot.

Now that you’ve got the knowledge, it’s time to shop! Head to gumtree.co.za or your Gumtree app (click for Apple & Android) and don’t forget to use your location settings to find a new-to-you car close to home.

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