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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 thousands of times and never noticed it until a friend told me it indicates the side the gas cap is on.


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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 another person, drive your vehicle into the garage to a place where you have clearance on both sides. Fasten a string to both the ceiling and your tennis ball. ...


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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 so letting them pass is your best option. Unless you did something to anger them, like cutting them off. In which case you will either have to deal with it for a ...


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Install pool noodles to your wall. Or use pipe insulation.


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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 mirrors. EDIT: in response to Johnny's comment below - you should probably only do this while the vehicle is stationary, eg after you pull into the fuel stop. ...


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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 to see all of one side of your car reflected on the windows, and thereby check to see if you can find the gas door. If you can't see it, then it's probably on ...


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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 get the best position.


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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-position, i.e. the normal position it is in when driving Put the car in 2nd gear, and hit the clutch and hold it Get someone to push/pull the car so that you ...


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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 stop and easily get out of the car.


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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 that when folded, it will fit under the tire. Loop the carpet around the stick with the excess carpet toward the garage door. The weight of the vehicle will ...


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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 inflate tires, charge phones and other handy utilities too. You clamp it on just like you would a jump start with another car and start, but you might not want ...


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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, if you can. A lot of times, these problems can be solved by focusing on the world around you, instead of just focusing on the angry person behind you. Of ...


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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 (he was gunning it when the light changed to hurry up to that next red light.) I assumed he would speed off at any moment so was following a little too close for ...


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Wiper squeaking is usually caused by bad wiper blades. Check and replace them.


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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 my garage. I made 2 of these, and have used both for 10+ years. It's positioned to both protect the steps from getting smashed and to allow enough clearance to ...


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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 train my passengers to behave like I want", I would recommend taking steps that, even in the case of them smashing the door against the wall, the damage will be ...


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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 that they'll do so Tap the brakes gently occasionally in the hope that the lights cause them to slow down Slowing down in either of these ways obviously ...


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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 out of the car. On a hot day, most of the heat forms by getting trapped inside your car. So when the cars inside air gets to be the same temperature as the ...


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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 or porolon. As my father worked with upholstery, we had rolls of porolon, which sometimes where stored in the garage. Parking was never easier than when those ...


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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 your heaters on full and point them at the windscreen. Any heat is going to help. With a scraper, work from one side and make sure you're scraping underneath the ...


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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.php?id=1511) One of the faster ways is to lower your windows to lower the temperature in the car, and decrease the humidity by bringing in outside air. This may ...


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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 distribute them between all four wheels. Since most consumer vehicles have 4-6 nuts on each (heavier vehicles tend to have more), you should be missing two at ...


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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 blade does not resolve the squeaking, then buy new blades. The hardened rubber will be ineffective at removing mud and leaves from the windshield, and in severe ...


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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 forward until your mirror lines up with the mark. Simple and cost-effective... No need to purchase anything or hang things from the ceiling.


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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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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 commonly available and used for treating fever and pains. Pop the hood of your car Unscrew the filler caps for each cell Note that opening a battery is ...


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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 a seat. You might want to use an old pair of socks and double wrap the kitty litter. Video from Huffington post of the kitty liter trick But did you know ...


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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 GM will generally all be on the left side of the vehicle. In some other countries you drive on the opposite side of the road and therefore the driver is in ...


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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 instead of tape or glue, ensure you cover the screws.


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You could grab like 1 or more pieces of paper, stacked together, and make your own funnel/backboard like mechanism. If you have cardboard paper, I'd use that, since it's stronger. You could use tape to make something very much like the shape of a plastic funnel, or you could just hold it together with your hand. Then when you're done, just throw the paper in ...


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