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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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Stay conscious and focused while driving

The only safe option is to avoid getting into this situation in the first place with better planning. If you do end up like this, the only safe thing to do is pull over and rest. Nothing else will ...
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Stay conscious and focused while driving

These are some tricks that work for me: Having a cold beverage to drink (while driving, but carefully) works very well for me. I guess it's better if it has caffeine, I usually use Coke, but even ...
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How to signal a person driving behind you to stop texting?

I don't like to spend too much time looking in my rearview mirror instead of looking ahead, so here's what I do: - If I'm concerned about safety, I pull over at the first, safe opportunity to let the ...
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How to safely display an electric car's battery pack at a car show?

Display your battery pack through a window. A sheet of rigid plexiglass will be transparent enough to see everything but stop anything from touching the dangerous parts of the display. In addition, ...
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How to signal a person driving behind you to stop texting?

If it's safe to do so, pull over and let them pass. Do not step on the brake; you'll just collect them on the rear bumper (and suing them afterward usually doesn't make things better).
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How can I improve air conditioning effectiveness in my old car?

Use windshield shades. Starting with a cooler car reduces the amount of cooling required to get to a comfortable range. You can purchase them from a local automotive retail store or make your own. If ...
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Stay conscious and focused while driving

My standard method is when I notice I am beginning to fall asleep, I open a bag of very crunchy snacks (Corn Nuts!) and eat ONE every 60 seconds. The stimulation of the crunching wakes up the brain ...
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How to signal a person driving behind you to stop texting?

You might consider installing a rear-facing "dash-cam" to document the condition of following drivers; that way, next time you get rear-ended (inevitable, if you drive in traffic with texters), you'll ...
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What's the cheapest way to wash a car in the rain?

Once dirt has attached itself to the car's surfaces, rain often isn't enough to dislodge it. You need soap of some sort. This will attract the dirt particles and encapsulate them so you can rinse them ...
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Some everyday item to wedge my car window shut (stop it from slipping)

Use one of those 3M Command hooks designed to attach to a wall or appliance until you are ready to remove it. Raise the car window to the closed position and stick the hook at the bottom of the ...
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How to open car door when lock is frozen?

I hope this is obvious - but you don't mention it in your question: Try all the doors and the boot first. I've usually found that one of the doors will open in this situation. If you have to enter the ...
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How can I effectively determine the distance to the car in front of me when parallel parking?

You could turn on the lights and look for the reflection on the other car. This might not work as well on very bright and sunny days, but in general even a lightly overcast sky is enough to make out ...
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Night driving issues

I've not a lot to add to the other good answers, except for a few tips: Don't eat a large amount before you set off on the return journey. Have a light snack of something that is has a reasonable ...
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I spilled yogurt on my car leather seats. What is the best way to remove it?

Saddle soap and warm water is a good way to clean leather. Dampen a cloth and wash/clean in a circular motion. Use a dry cloth to wipe up the soap and water and then another damp cloth to wash off the ...
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How to permanently fix deity's idol on car dashboard?

Rather than fixing your effigy to the car dashboard directly, you can securely affix a small tray, cup, or other attractive protective container that it can sit in safely and be displayed prominently. ...
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How can I carry a refrigerator with a Mercury Sable 2001 (aka Taurus)?

There is no safe way to do this. Please don't try. Either have a properly made hitch installed and rent a small trailer, or rent/borrow a suitably sized truck.
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Stay conscious and focused while driving

Open a window all the way, even if it's freezing cold. Radio / music player on at high volume. Static exercises, i.e. butt clench, squeeze the steering wheel, left leg press etc. Please note however, ...
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Some everyday item to wedge my car window shut (stop it from slipping)

I had this situation and solved it with a folded brochure/handout/envelope. Just about any piece of junk mail works for it as long as it includes some thicker type paper like they use for glossy ads, ...
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Some everyday item to wedge my car window shut (stop it from slipping)

Go to the window or appliance section of your local home store and pick up a "rubber or plastic shim". They are also readily available online. They're typically used to shim up a new window, door ...
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How can I more quickly warm up the interior of my car during winter?

-30 this morning in Fairbanks Alaska. If you really want to know how to warm and maintain a vehicle during a truely cold winter (not the stuff a lower 48er considers cold) you need to ask an Alaskan ...
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Avoid feeling sick reading in a moving vehicle

You won't be able to avoid it, I'm afraid - in sensitive people, it's caused by a mismatch in the information the brain receives - the movement causes messages to be sent from your ears and certain ...
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How to avoid scratching door on garage door frame

Get a few tall traffic codes - the kinds that are tall enough to see from a car window, and tip over easily. Set them just inside the garage door frame on either side. When any of the drivers are ...
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Best way to mount a phone in the car

As I have already commented, a simple google search will provide you enough results, anyway, I am adding up a bit for you. The following is most suited for you, as it neither does any harm to your ...
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Best way to mount a phone in the car

I use a magnet, like this: It costs 10.99€ Pros: Easy to install flexible 360 Degrees simple attaching Cons: price fix on phone or case A cheap alternative for tinkerer You could simply stripe ...
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If I have to ride in a car that recently had some rotting meat, how can I breathe without gagging?

The gases released by rotting meat are soluble in fabric and plastic: they actually soak into them and it is then impossible to extract the stink back out of them. The gases even soak into paint and ...
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If I have to ride in a car that recently had some rotting meat, how can I breathe without gagging?

the good air is outside the car, so breathe thru a diver's snorkel which is extended out the window. That would be easier and a more convenient alternative to sticking your head out the window. ...
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How to open car door when lock is frozen?

In the olden days before I got a car with a remote unlocking I had similar problems. I used to carry a cigarette lighter with me and I'd use it to heat the metal part of the key then insert it into ...
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Keeping dry inside car door

This is not a hack, per se; but, there's a flip window attachment made for rural postal carriers that attaches to your car window without special attachments. It's marketed and sold as a "Flip ...
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