Driving is inherently dangerous, but there’s plenty you can do to protect yourself and your family. While some safe driving tips are all about how to drive, these car hacks are all about things you can do to your car to make driving a little safer.
Distracted driving doesn’t always look like texting on your cell phone or putting on makeup. If you drop your phone or sunglasses between the seat cushions, for example, every second you’re digging down to try to grab them, you’re not focused on the road. That’s why one of our favorite car hacks is to stuff pipe insulation in the gap between the driver’s seat and the glove compartment.
Do your headlights seem duller than usual? Plastic lenses can become yellow, dull, and scratched as time passes. Luckily, it’s quite easy (and inexpensive) to restore them to their original glow. Follow these instructions and brighten your headlights so that you can see everything you need when driving at night.
Unfortunately, not everyone tells the truth about what happened in a car accident, and if you don’t have witnesses to back your story up, you could end up at fault for something out of your control. Installing a dash cam on your car is an easy way to make sure that whatever happens, you have a record of it, which will come in handy when filing insurance claims.
While windshield wipers are inexpensive, they tend to dry out and crack incredibly quickly, which leads to inferior wiping. Rather than replacing your wipers every few months, you can prolong their life by soaking a clean white rag in glass cleaner and wiping up and down the length of your wiper blades.
Looking for winter driving hacks that can take your safe driving to the next level? If you have a vehicle with rear-wheel drive, put a few bags of water softener salt in your trunk. Not only will the extra weight help keep you from sliding on the ice, but it can also help come in handy if you need to clear any ice when you get where you’re going.
One of our favorite winter hacks for your car is ice-proofing your windshield. Once you see a frost or snow warning, fill a spray bottle with three parts vinegar and one part water. Before the sun sets, spray it evenly over your windshield and windows. The mixture will keep water from freezing on your car overnight so you don’t have to scrape or wait for it to melt in the morning.
Now that you know these car hacks, it’s time to make sure you’re fully covered in the event of a car accident. Contact your independent insurance agent today to learn more about Auto insurance from Grange Insurance Association, named one of the best insurance companies in the country.
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