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Man Looking Keys Locked in Car

Solutions for Keys Locked in CarThis is a page about solutions for keys locked in car. When keys are left inside the car, there are ways to have an extra key close at hand or good services to help you get in.

 

Foggy Windshield

Remedies for a Foggy WindshieldThis page contains remedies for a foggy windshield. Sometimes you need a little help to keep your windshield free of fog.

 

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Prevent Sliding Car RampsTo prevent your car ramps from sliding across the concrete garage floor while trying to drive up the ramps (to change the oil, etc.), try drilling a half inch hole in the concrete in front of each ramp and inserting a large nail; no more sliding ramps!

 

A free state road map from the Michigan Department of Transportation.

Free Road Maps and Other Travel InformationNo need to buy a road map from the gas station convenience store. Go to the website for the Department of Transportation for your State. Request a free state road map and it will be mailed to you. You will receive the map very quickly in the mail. I live in Michigan and this was my experience to receive the map. Or, if you are a AAA member, you can request maps as well, free of charge.

 

driver texting about to hit pedestrian

How to Avoid Texting While DrivingTexting while driving is dangerous and illegal in many places. Even texting at a traffic light can net you a ticket. Check to see if you phone offers the a "Do Not Disturb While Driving" setting. This is a page about how to avoid texting while driving.

 

Car broken down on the side of the road with hood open.

Buying a Car vs. Repairing a CarMany consumers and experts agree that often it is more economical to repair a car than to take on the expense of a new one. There are exceptions and you may need to do some research as part of the decision making process. This is a page about buying a car vs. repairing a car.

 

Using a Keyless Remote

Using a Keyless RemoteThis is a page about using a keyless remote. Car entry remotes and key fobs let you lock, unlock and set off the alarm of your car from afar. A key fob can be very handy.

 

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Keep Sun Hat in CarI am often driving into the late afternoon sun, and since I am short, the sun visor is not much help. Now I keep a hat with a floppy brim in the car so I can just pull the brim down on my face where I need it.

 

A child eating ice cream in a car.

Preventing Spills in the CarThis page is about preventing spills in the car. Planning ahead to keep beverages and groceries from tipping over can help keep your auto clean.

 

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Saving Money on ParkingThis page is about saving money on parking. You may have to do a bit more walking, but there are ways to save on parking fees.

 

Interior of Convertible Car Upholstery

Protecting Car UpholsteryThis is a page about protecting car upholstery. The fabric and leather upholstery in our car can take quite a beating from the sun and general usage.

 

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Removing Manufacturer Emblems from VehiclesWhen you need to remove any type of emblem, badging, sticker, etc. from a vehicle, consider using a piece of dental floss (waxed is best) and shimmy it back and forth slowly to release the unwanted item without damaging the paint.

 

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Keep Spare Gas for EmergenciesI had leftover gas in my containers for the lawn mowers and not enough gas in my truck. Instead of throwing this gas away, knowing it was still good, I used it in my truck to get to the closest gas station. It worked like a charm.

 

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Metal Fly Swatter for Locked Car Doors.I think that the metal handle of a flyswatter would work better than a wire hanger when going down through an automobile window to open the door. I am almost certain of it, and I have tried it once already.

 

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Apply Glycerin to Car WindowsIf you buy a small bottle of glycerin at the drugstore or grocery store and apply a thin coating of the liquid to both sides of your car's windshield, you'll prevent moisture and the frost that often follows-from forming on the glass.

 

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Missing Lug Nut TipIf you ever had to change a tire and you lose some of the hub cap bolts, take one off of each of the other three tires and you can limp on into a service station. Hope this helps!

 

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It's Nice to Have a Vehicle for HaulingIf you have more than one vehicle (or even one), think about how you can use it for hauling. When I was single, I always had a hatchback to take my finds back with me and now my husband has a truck. We just saved $30 on delivery of a desk from the Salvation Army that was only $39.

 

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Mark Your Gas Cap With Your AddressTape or affix an address label to your gas cap so that it may be returned if left at the gas station accidentally.

 

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Frugal Snack Box For DrivingBuy granola bars and other individually packaged snacks on sale, with coupons or at the dollar store. Then find a lunch box and put a couple of each kind inside.

 

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Link For Cheapest Gas StationsNow that gas prices are going up again, you might want to check out listings of lowest gas prices per zip code.

 

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Caution About Ribbon Auto MagnetsCaution About Ribbon Auto Magnets. Around our town, a lot of people have those big (5 to 7 inch) patriotic (or other colored) ribbon shaped magnets on their vehicles.

 

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Reading the Car ManualReading the Car Manual. I have been blessed with a new vehicle with a daunting array of buttons and gizmos on the dashboard. The owner's manual is quite thick and proved daunting to me to just sit and read initially. . .

 

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Sticky Car DoorIf you have a car door that doesn't want to close right, use WD40. If you have a sticky door lock and no graphite (The two don't mix, use one or the other. Graphite is preferable.) WD40 will work in a pinch!

 

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Acetone as a Gasoline Additive2 ozs. of Acetone to 10 gallons or more of gasoline or diesel gives you better fuel mileage and more horsepower. Acetone can be found in the paint department of most stores...

 

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Renting ToolsMy husband loves Auto Zone because they not only have reasonable prices on everything they carry, but they also have a "Rent-a-Tool" program where...

 

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Keep Baby Wipes in the Carven though I have no babies, I carry a cheap package of baby wipes in the car. I always have them for a quick clean up of my hands after thrift store shopping, wipe a spill in the car, or wipe down the dash while waiting in traffic or at lights.

 

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Removing Your License PlateIf you've ever gone to the DMV to trade in your car tag and forgot to take a screwdriver (as I have), a penny will do the trick. Just align it with the slot and turn (clockwise.)

 

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How To Know When Your Car Is In The Garage Far EnoughTie a foam ball to a string from the ceiling long enough to touch the windshield of the car and when your car hits the ball, you are inside far enough.

 

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Absorbing Odors In Your Car's AshtrayTo freshen a car's ashtray, try filling it with baking soda. It will absorb all the smells.

 

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Velcro Your Cellphone To The DashboardI've seen so many Velcro tips that I just had to submit mine. This is only for people who drive cars with a carpet-like dashboard cover. In Australia they are quite popular and keep the car's dash from cracking.

 

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Homemade Anti-Fog Solution for Windows?I'm looking for a spray to make myself for windshields to stop the fogging on the inside of car. Thought I'd seen it once, but can't find it now.

 

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Defrosting Inside of Car Windows?What home remedy can I use to prevent my car windows from fogging up on the inside? My defroster doesn't work very well at all. I tried the Rain-x brand and that went into the garbage.

 

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Locked Out of 2016 Jeep Cherokee?I am locked out of my 2016 Jeep Cherokee, Limited. Both fobs are in my purse in the front passenger seat.

 

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Locating Your Car in a Parking Lot?What do you tie the bag to on top of your car?

 

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