Hacks That Will Make Life on the Road a Bit Easier

On average we spend 101 minutes per day driving.

On average we spend 101 minutes per day driving. According to a Harvard study the average joe spends a whopping 38,000 hours driving a car.

So, let’s make that ride better. For your Thursday tips, things you may not have thought about when it comes to your car. The keychains. Many have keyless entries but if you’re still using a keychain, lighten its load. The weight, combined with bouncing while you drive, can wear out the tumblers inside the ignition and eventually lead to ignition switch failure. To add years of service to your ignition switch, purchase a lightweight keychain that allows you to separate your ignition key from the others. Drive with only the ignition key in your ignition. If your ignition key “sticks” when you try to turn on the car, it’s a warning that your ignition switch is about to fail. Replace it before you get stranded.

Vacuum and sponge your interior every time you wash your car. Dirt particles are abrasive, and spilled liquids, such as soda, can be corrosive. Vacuum your interior thoroughly with a powerful vacuum (small cordless models are generally too weak). Don’t forget the top inside. Dust particles settle there too.

If you happen to see a gasoline tanker filling the tanks at your local gas station, come back another day or go to a different station. As the station’s underground tanks are being filled, the turbulence can stir up sediment. Sediment in your gas can clog fuel filters and fuel injectors, causing poor performance and possibly necessitating repairs.