Useful Driving Hacks Every Driver Should Know About

Google Maps PinWhether you’re a first-time driver or a pro, everyone will find driving hacks useful. We’ve scoured the internet to gather some of the greatest and, in some cases, strangest driving hacks you should know about.

Drop a pin on Google Maps the moment you’ve found parking space in a crowded parking lot. This way, you won’t have to waste time searching for your car.

Ask people who drive on the same routes as you for alternative route suggestions that may help you avoid traffic.

Make good use of Apps such as Google Maps to get around. A simple GPS navigation App will save you a lot of money.

Avoid having a lot of keys on the same ring as your car key. It can damage the ignition switch.

Use a cereal dispenser as a car trash bin while driving.

On your GPS, set your home location to a destination near your house. This way, if your car gets stolen, thieves won’t be able to locate your home.

Car a bit hot in summer? Roll one window all the way down and then move over to the other side and open and close the adjacent door a few times.

You may be able to fix minor scratches on your car with clear nail polish.

Holding your car remote under your chin will increase its range.

Tilting your head to the side while driving can help with car sickness.

Not a fan of car air fresheners? Keep an open box of dryer sheets in your car; they last longer.

Take pictures of the car you are renting so that you cannot be scammed and blamed for any damages that weren’t your fault.

If you’d like to keep your windows from fogging, simply cut a clean potato in half and rub it all over the inside of the window. Leave it to dry.

Want to get rid of a sticker on your car window? Soak newspaper in warm water and cover the sticker with it for 10 minutes.

Stick a pool noodle on your garage wall if you’re prone to banging your door against the wall.

Use a bit of toothpaste to clean foggy headlights. Rub the toothpaste over the lens and rinse off with water.

 

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Pro Driving tips for learners

Drivio combines simulated driving lessons with traditional lessons to ensure that students reap the benefits of both learning methods. Our driving instructors do believe that the best way to prepare for your driving test is to practice both at Drivio and at home.

That being said, we’ve compiled a checklist of simple things to keep in mind when you’re practicing in your neighbourhood.

Before you start driving

  1. Make sure you review the rules of the road.
  2. Ensure that you always carry your learner’s license with you.
  3. Ensure that the car you are practicing in has its L plates and is in good condition.
  4. Find a superior with a license to practice driving with when you’re not practicing with Drivio’s instructors.

Checking your car

  1. Ensure that all tyres are inflated properly.
  2. Make sure that you have enough fuel and that the oil and water levels are in order.
  3. Adjust your seat in such a way as to maximise your visibility.
  4. Ask your superior to assist you to do blind spot checks.
  5. Make sure that you can reach the pedals comfortably.
  6. Check whether your brake and indicator lights are functioning well.
  7. Check whether your handbrake is in working order.

Driving

1. Practice driving in various locations on a weekly basis.
2. When you’re a bit more comfortable and confident, try to practice driving:

  • In peak time traffic
  • At night
  • In rainy weather
  • At a time when the sun is at its highest

3. Never drive when you’re tired or under the influence of alcohol or medication.
4. Don’t drive with music during your first few lessons, it may be too distracting.

When driving at night

  1. Turn on your headlights right around the time when visibility is reduced.
  2. If the driver approaching has his beams on, drive at a slower pace and look slightly to the left until the driver have passed.
  3. Only practice driving in well-lit, safe and familiar areas in your neighbourhood.

When driving in traffic

  1. Maintain a safe following distance.
  2. Be patient and drive at a slower pace.
  3. Communicate with fellow drivers using your indicators and lights.
  4. Brake smoothly.

When driving in rainy weather

  1. Keep your lights on.
  2. Keep a firm grip on the steering wheel.
  3. Take your time and anticipate wind gusts.
  4. Increase your following distance.

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