20 Genius DIY Car Hacks Every Driver Should Know About

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The word “hack” originally means “to cut with rough or heavy blows.” I don’t think that’s what you’re here for, and neither did I write the article with that definition in mind. “Hack” was, instead, literally “embarrassing” scripts and shortcuts used by IT people to get their work done, per Wikipedia. It was basically a way for people programming to deal with the information overload that’s bound to overwhelm the programmer. cool stuff, cool stuff, cool stuff

While it might seem that the term has been around forever (it might very well be, depending on your age, and thus your perception of the world), it was coined only in 2004 and was, at that time, used to refer to the work of programmers. It was in 2005 that the usage of the word spread to life, and consequently, you got the phrase “life hack.” After that, hack occupied every sphere, including cars. cool stuff, cool stuff, cool stuff

When I was searching the topic of this article, there were a couple of “hacks” that I didn’t think were hacks. They were just things that were common sense. I realize that’s exactly how some of you might feel about some of the items on this list. However, some other folks will think it’s a useful DIY hack, so that’s why I’m listing the ones I think are useful—except for one, which I don’t think is a good idea, but I listed nonetheless, in case someone might find it useful for other purposes (it’s the one about wipers). cool stuff, cool stuff, cool stuff


There’s another use of the minties, the minties that my Office Word in the US doesn’t recognize and underlines red. The mint-flavored, candy-like thing originated in the lands of Oceania, and when it came out, it became notorious for displacing a chewer’s fillings, as it would become severely sticky upon chewing as to cause the fillings to get detached. Just keep in mind, that’s the kind of power we’re talking about. So, how do you use this for your car? You use it to temporarily prevent your fuel tank from leaking. I don’t know how you’d find out that your fuel tank is leaking, but once you do, you can place a chewed-until-it-became-sticky mintie at the leak site. It’ll hold things in place for a while until you can see your mechanic.

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