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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 do I dry out the inside of my car?

After your initial pat down with a towel, leave a marine or RV desiccant bucket in your car. They're typically used for winterizing boats and RVs to prevent mold developing from humidity issues. You'...
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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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Putting lawn mower into car trunk

When moving a cement mixer recently I used a small trailer, and self built ramp. The ramp consisted of two lengths of wood, 2"x4" (48 mm x 198 mm) and 5 ft (150 cm) length. Here is an image of how you ...
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How can I keep the interior of my car dry while driving in the rain?

Frankly, the solution is simple: Don't smoke in the car. Obvious health and financial benefits aside, there's some more benefits: You don't need to buy anything to prevent rain from entering your ...
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How do I remove a car window sticker?

For starters try using your hair blower to add heat to the sticker, and see if that doesn't help pulling it off. Next step would be to use a scraper of some sort, i.e. oven scraper or paint scraper, ...
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How do I stop/discourage people from stealing from my car?

You can choose one of these: light with sensor which swithces on when somebody comes near the car fake camera with a sign near the car real camera with a sign near the car (in my country if there is ...
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How to remove sticker from car windshield without tearing it

If it is a plastic sticker, try to heat up the window from the other side of the sticker so it becomes somewhat loose, then you can gently peel it off and it should come right off. However, if it is ...
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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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What's the best way to deal with a low sun when driving?

The most important factor with very low sun angles is to make sure the windshield is very clean, both outside (easy) and inside. Cleaning the inside with glass cleaner and paper towels will remove a ...
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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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Removing ice from the windshield

I've used the spray cans of de-icer and they work great. Looking at the ingredients, they used forms of alcohol to get the job done. So I tried the spray of 2:1 rubbing alcohol to water and it ...
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Car windscreen has lots of tiny scratches. How to remove them?

I had an older car with lots of scratches in the windshield and took it to a professional who said that no hacks are available. He could of course be soliciting his business, but I didn't get that ...
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What's the best way to deal with a low sun when driving?

I use 3 methods (in decreasing order of preferability and safety): Sunglasses. Preferably polarized ones, these reduce the sun's glare without making everything else too dark. A baseball cap: I ...
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Securing a large board on the roof of my car

Best thing is DON'T. There are "fail" memes all over the internet from people trying to do this. It's neither safe nor effective. You should be able to get the piece delivered to your home at a ...
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How do I dry out the inside of my car?

If your car's heat and A/C both work, it has everything it needs to dry itself better than anything we could come up with. When you switch on your car's front "defroster" / "defogger" (the little ...
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How to remove sticker from car windshield without tearing it

This process has worked well for me: Heat the sticker with a hot air dryer to loosen the adhesive. Insert the tip of a razor blade under one corner of the sticker. Work the blade behind the sticker ...
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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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