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How can I figure out which side of the car the gas hatch is on (without getting out)?

Pretty much every car made in the last couple of decades has a gas hatch indicator arrow right on the dashboard: Just look for the arrow next to the pump icon. I'd seen that little triangle ...
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Driving into garage where there is little room for error?

A common solution I have seen is to have a tennis ball (or similarly soft item) that can be hung from the ceiling. (You may be able to purchase a kit made for this purpose.) With the assistance of ...
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How do I stop cars from tailgating?

For someone aggressively tailgating, they generally want to pass, so you can slow down and pull to the side, or change lanes if possible, so they can pass you. You don't want to have them around you ...
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Stop car doors from slamming against wall inside my garage

Install pool noodles to your wall. Or use pipe insulation.
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How can I figure out which side of the car the gas hatch is on (without getting out)?

Pull the fuel cap release lever under the drivers seat then look in your side mirrors. When you release the outer fuel cap it springs outwards from the car body making it visible in one of the side ...
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Driving into garage where there is little room for error?

Some trucks and buses have a mirror to eliminate the front blind spot. Reverse the principle - attach any old mirror to the wall/ceiling. Might need a bit of trial and error (and a tall friend) to ...
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How can I figure out which side of the car the gas hatch is on (without getting out)?

If you're in a car that doesn't have a handy indicator, you can try driving up next to a structure with plate glass windows or another reflective surface. If you angle it right, you should be able ...
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How to jump start a car without another car

Depending on how low your battery is, there is a way to start a car if you have a manual transmission, and that is to push-start the car. Follow this procedure: Set the ignition(/key) to the drive-...
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Stop car doors from slamming against wall inside my garage

Ask your passenger to get out of the car before you park the car. This also leaves you free to park it right next to the wall. For the passenger, this has the advantage they can open the door to its ...
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Driving into garage where there is little room for error?

You can purchase/make a parking stopper for your car. If you are going to make one, get an old piece of carpet and short piece of wood at least 1 inch in diameter. The carpet needs to be long enough ...
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How to jump start a car without another car

For around $100 (USD) you can buy a battery pack that is able to jump your car. A quick google search for "jump starter battery pack" will show many options and price ranges. They'll often be able to ...
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How do I stop cars from tailgating?

Examine your environment. What's the speed limit? Are you going too slow, or is the tailgater going too fast? Is there a way they could pass you, or you could move out of the way? Give them an opening,...
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How do I stop cars from tailgating?

Many are suggesting to use the brakes which seems a very risky proposition. Someone used the following technique on me when I was inadvertently tailgating a corvette that was driving irresponsibly (...
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How can I stop my wipers from squeaking?

Wiper squeaking is usually caused by bad wiper blades. Check and replace them.
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Driving into garage where there is little room for error?

This, put into the floor or block of wood. Drive up to it, just till you tap it. Then stop. Resist the urge to back up. Edit - I changed from a driveway marker image to my 'in the wild' image from ...
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Stop car doors from slamming against wall inside my garage

My answer assumes, that you already tried simply talking to them and it did not work and also, that you DO want them to exit the vehicle at exact this place. Since this is Lifehacks, not "How can I ...
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How do I stop cars from tailgating?

I generally do the following:: Ease off on the accelerator This slows us both down and reduces the potential impact of a later collision It also makes it easier for them to overtake and more likely ...
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What is the quickest way to defog car windows?

The fog comes from water condensing on the windshield or windows. The problem is that the air inside the car is warmer and/or wetter than outside. (e.g., https://van.physics.illinois.edu/qa/listing....
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How can you get your car as cool as possible on a hot summer day without air conditioning?

Open the window on the passenger side door for about 2 inches. Rapidly open and close the drivers side door a few times. The opening and closing of the doors makes sure the air gets pushed and pulled ...
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How can I stop my wipers from squeaking?

The squeaking is caused by two major factors: Hardening of the silicone, graphite, or rubber wiper blade. Dirt on the blade, or less commonly on the windshield. If cleaning the windshield and wiper ...
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Driving into garage where there is little room for error?

Another option, if you find it hard to build a movable stick, fasten the parking stopper, or don't trust the tennis ball, is to make a bumper or fender on the wall. I.e. one made out of foam padding ...
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Removing ice from the windshield

If you have a heated windscreen, stick that on first, it'll loosen the ice from surface it's stuck to and it'll just slide off with a little push. If you don't have heated windscreen, still stick ...
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How to get home after losing lugnuts?

You definitely don't want to hack a replacement for lugnuts, since it's a major safety issue. What you really need is more lugnuts. Luckily, you have some! Take some off the other wheels, and evenly ...
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How to keep the windshield from freezing over?

That's the dew freezing on. If you throw a waterproof cover over the windshield, hardly any dew will accumulate, and the problem will be mostly nil. The closer the cover hugs it the better.
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Driving into garage where there is little room for error?

I like marking the wall with something (e.g. permanent marker) to line up with the mirrors. Just park the car carefully, then mark on the wall where your wing mirror is, then in future just drive ...
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How to jump start a car without another car

If your battery is getting old and nearing replacement time, you can use a simple trick (provided you have a wet battery that can be opened from the top) involving just two aspirin tablets which are ...
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What is the quickest way to defog car windows?

Since the fog comes from moisture inside the car a simple solution is to dehumidify the car by filling an old sock with kitty litter and placing it inside the car in an inconspicuous place like under ...
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How can I figure out which side of the car the gas hatch is on (without getting out)?

Most cars will have the fuel cap on the drivers side of the vehicle. in America this is on the left side of the car. Cars made in America will all follow this standard, which means Chrysler, Ford and ...
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Stop car doors from slamming against wall inside my garage

Try attaching a (preferably soft) door mat to your garage wall. My granddad used this method and this works very well because you have a large surface where the door can bump into. If you use screws ...
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Avoid feeling sick reading in a moving vehicle

Have you tried ginger? It's something that actually helps with my motion sickness. Ginger supplements or ginger candy, taken 30-60 minutes before the daily trip could do wonders. And it's actually ...
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