How To Maintain Your Car

These are the things to do to maintain your car.

1. Stay clean with a cereal box.


Garbage can accumulate quickly, especially for those of us who have kids or take long road trips. Wrappers, crumbs, grocery bags, and much more can end up covering our floor mats if we’re not careful.

Keep a plastic cereal container in an accessible area of your vehicle and use it as the designated garbage can. That way, all you have to do is dump it out when it gets full rather than pick up individual pieces of trash. It’s the perfect size, and the lid helps keep trash inside. (Optional: To keep the container clean, line it with a plastic grocery bag or trash can.)


2. Check your tread with spare change.

Although this hack is a little more technical, it definitely comes in handy. At Virginia Tire & Auto, we recommend replacing your tires when your treads are 4/32 of an inch or lower. Once they reach this point, they can present major safety issues, and at 2/32 of an inch, they are illegal to drive.

Not sure if your tires make the cut? Snag a penny and stick it in one of your treads with Lincoln’s head first. If you can still see his head, that means your treads are too low and you need to replace your tires. If his forehead is still covered, your treads are safe.



3. Keep the pizza warm.

If your car has seat warmers, you’ll never arrive home with a cold pizza.

Your go-to winter warmup strategy doubles as a food warmer. Just put your food in the passenger seat (if you don’t have a passenger), and turn on the seat warmer.


4. Manage clutter with a shower caddy.

Organizational solutions for your car.

If you have kids, taking long road trips can be a hassle if they’re not occupied. Snag a shower caddy or shoe organizer, like this hanging one, or this universal backseat car organizer if you’re looking for something fancier.

This way, backseat riders have a safe and accessible place to put toys, books, snacks, and electronics.


5. Clean your headlights with toothpaste.

When your vehicle’s headlights become oxidized, they can cause major visibility issues. If your headlights aren’t helping in darkness or fog and you don’t need to replace the bulbs, snag a tube of toothpaste and a rag.

Squirt a little bit of toothpaste on an old rag and scrub each of your headlights. Then, wet the clean part of the rag with water and wipe it down again. You should be able to see all the grime on your rag after you’re done.


6. Leverage the pool noodle.

We’ve all been there. You’re in a rush to get home, so you pull in your garage, open your door, and boom…you just scratched your car door on the garage again.


A simple pool noodle can help you out here. Just cut it in half and bolt it to the wall of your garage where your door opens. Make sure you position the bolts so that they’re far away from where your car door opens.


7. Save your garage with a tennis ball.

Similar to the car door scratching fiasco above, sometimes drivers don’t know how far to pull into their garage. Yet another recreational object can help you pull into your garage safely.


First, you’ll have to successfully park in the correct location. Once you get there, get out and observe where your vehicle’s windshield is in relation to the rest of the garage and create a visual marker. Once you have it, pull out of the garage and screw a tennis ball hanging from a string in that location (near the driver’s side of the vehicle). Once your windshield bumps the tennis ball, you’ll know you’ve parked your car correctly.


8. Freshen up your car with dryer sheets.

Some of the most popular car air fresheners are either an eye-sore or obstruct your view. Opt for a cheaper and less visible version and place a few dryer sheets in little pockets, nooks, and crannies in your vehicle.


9. Repair window cracks with nail polish.

Until you can get a window crack professionally fixed, there’s a way to avoid making it worse.

Make sure any dirt is cleaned off, then fill the cracked area and the area slightly outside the crack with clear acrylic nail polish. When it dries, it helps seal the area to prevent it from spreading until you can get it professionally repaired.


10. Use a rubber band to hold your phone.

This quick and easy hack turns your phone into a hands-free sat nav – using just an ELASTIC BAND

Looking at your phone while driving is extremely dangerous and should be avoided at all costs. However, if you need to glance at directions and you don’t have a smartphone mount, you can thread a rubber band through your air conditioning vent.

Insert the rubber band through the top of the vent and pull the other half through the bottom. Arrange your phone so that the top of the rubber band is holding the top of your phone, and the bottom of the rubber band is holding the bottom.


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