If you don’t live in an area fully accessible by public transportation, then you know all about the pros and cons of owning your own vehicle. The conveniences they offer are apparent, but whenever a car runs into trouble, be prepared to see a big dent in your wallet. The best way to ensure you don’t find yourself forking over money you don’t have is to avoid these popular auto misconceptions.

Although it’s easy to assume a bigger vehicle would fare better in an accident, the fact that SUVs are so high off the ground means they’re more prone to flipping over with the proper impact.

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When cars first hit the market and rapidly grew in popularity, larger engines were far more effective when it came to horsepower. However, modern technology has allowed small engines to work just as — if not more — efficiently.

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Cars coming out of Korea in the late twentieth century had their fair share of issues, but luckily that eventually changed. Now, brands like Kia and Hyundai hold top spots on the J.D. Power Dependability Study.

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Every driver is taught to change their oil once they hit the next 3,000-mile mark, but in reality, a car lasts way longer. Advances in engine durability make it so most vehicles can go about 7,500 miles without an oil change.

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Even though it seems like the constant starting and stopping of an engine would increase fuel consumption, tests proved some customers with the system saved up to 15 percent more gas!

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During the early days of vehicle manufacturing, this was true. However, automatic transmissions nowadays are better than the manual in so many ways, thanks to gear aspect ratio calculations.

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Before you set out in your vehicle on the day after a snowstorm, it’s natural to assume you need to run the car for a bit to warm up first. In actuality, this step makes absolutely no difference.

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Every guy wanted to flaunt himself a muscle, but in the past, they were extremely difficult to maneuver due to their understeer and massive engine. Muscle cars nowadays are way more sensitive to turns.

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While a few stories ran in the news about lithium-ion batteries overheating and causing fires in some rare cases, electric cars are actually less prone to fires because they don’t carry gasoline.

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Many SUV owners neglect to put snow tires on when Old Man Winter shows up because they think their four-wheel drive is enough. While it does help, it’s no replacement for actual snow tires or chains.

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When SUVs first hit the market, they were advertised as having the ability to pretty much conquer any terrain. However, recent models focus more on eco-friendly capabilities instead of rugged-land capabilities.

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Everyone wants to avoid accidents, but people riding in convertibles feel extra susceptible to bodily harm since they’re missing a roof. But convertible manufacturers go to greater lengths to ensure they’re just as safe as roofed vehicles.

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People who love horsepower frequently look to performance chips to give their vehicles that extra boost. However, they really don’t work. Reprogramming your Engine Control Unit is a far more efficient strategy.

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Movies and cartoons might have us believe using a cell phone while pumping gas can lead to a massive explosion. The internal antennas modern phones use, however, ensure that cannot happen.

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A lot of pickup drivers often cruise with their tailgates lowered thinking it helps the vehicle with fuel efficiency by decreasing drag. A closed tailgate actually decreases drag by creating a vortex around the truck.

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Advances in the technology that aids fuel efficiency has totally reversed this myth. Turning the engine off and on doesn’t waste nearly as much gas as it once did.

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Despite open windows increasing drag, and therefore requiring more fuel to run, using the air conditioning instead of cracking windows has no difference on fuel efficiency.

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Drivers can tell there battery’s dead long before their car fails to start. Turn key in the ignition, and if you hear some slow cranking, your battery might be on the way out.

If you’re going to choose a fuel to pump into your car, you’re going to choose premium, right? Clearly it’s the best. Well, unless you’re driving a sports car with a super powerful engine, premium gas has little effect and isn’t worth the cost.

The theory states a car caked with mud is faster because the dirt fills in the crevices that cause drag. This could not be more incorrect. The mud completely throws off the aerodynamics and decreases speed.

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Before you cast a tearful glance towards the stars and stripes on the front porch, know that many American cars are built in the country. However, plenty of companies use foreign parts and simply assemble them in the states.

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If your seat belt is pulling and retracting too slowly, you can shave precious seconds off your journey by speeding the mechanism up. Rather than replacing the retractor entirely, however, all you need is a cheap can of furniture polish. Spray it onto your belt, then pull and release the belt a few times to let the polish lubricate the retractor.

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Don’t have enough cup holders in your car? Or are they all full of old coffee cups that you’re probably, definitely going to clear out one of these days? Duct tape is your friend. Indeed, the roll is basically the perfect size for yet another coffee cup to fill up your car. Just pop it on the passenger seat, and maybe tape it down for good measure.

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Take a close look at the air vents in your car, and you’ll probably notice they’re clogged with dust. When you turn on the air conditioning, all that dust is wafting right into your face. So, you’ll probably want to pick up a foam paintbrush to dust it out. They’re small enough to do the job, and you can even wash and reuse them.

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Over time, your car is going to pick up the odd nick, scratch and ding to its bodywork. If you want to keep it looking pristine, you don’t have to spend a fortune. In fact, you can just use nail polish in a color that matches your car. It’s not just a short-term fix, either, as it lasts for years and protects your car from rust.

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This is probably not the most environmentally-friendly car hack, but it works in a pinch. We just wouldn’t advise doing it all the time. Yes, if you really need to keep your food warm on the journey home – say, from that late-night McDonald’s venture – then you could always pop it on the passenger seat and turn on the seat warmer.

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Small dings aren’t the only thing you can fix at home – there’s also no need to pay out to get medium-sized dents removed. Indeed, as long as they’re smaller than a regular plunger, then you can use one to suck the affected area back to its normal shape.

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That’s right – toothpaste isn’t just great for cleaning your teeth. Indeed, its gently abrasive properties, which help polish up your tusks, can also work wonders on car headlights. Simply clean the headlight with soap, then use a cloth to apply toothpaste and water. The results will literally dazzle you.

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On those hot summer days, it’s no secret that your car practically turns into an oven. But if your A/C is busted, then there is another option to cool down your vehicle. Roll down the window on one side to let cool air in, then open and close the door on the other side several times to release the hot air.

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We’ve all been caught off-guard by an unexpected freeze at one point or another. Instead of wasting time scraping the ice off your windshield, though, you could try spraying it with a mixture of vinegar and water. Indeed, the ice will start to dissolve straight away. And if you have advance warning of severe weather conditions, you can even spray it to prevent freezing.

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If the weather is so severe that your door locks have frozen shut, don’t panic just yet. Indeed, simply squeeze a few drops of hand sanitizer onto your key, then insert it into the lock. Its rubbing alcohol content will melt away the ice pretty much immediately, allowing you to get into your car and out of the cold.

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Many modern cars have sensors that take all the guesswork out of parking. However, there is a cheaper way to make sure you don’t damage your car – at least while parking in the garage. A simple tennis ball hanging from the ceiling can help you get lined up, and it will also let you know when to stop reversing.

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If you’re tired of your car filling up with garbage, then you need some way of organizing it. A trash can would usually do the trick in your house, but that’s not exactly the most efficient use of space in a car. In steps the trusty cereal dispenser, then – small, thin and with a lid that seals shut to prevent spillages.

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Waiting for your windows to de-mist can be a drag. Thankfully, there’s a way to stop that frustrating fogging altogether – although it may seem fairly unorthodox. First, grab an old pair of socks. Then, fill one with kitty litter, wrap it with the other, and place them on your dash. The litter will absorb the moisture in the air before it ever gets chance to fog up your windshield.

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Preventing foggy windows isn’t the only use for socks in the car, however. Indeed, if your car gets stuck in icy conditions, you may need to give it a push. But what’s to stop you slipping everywhere too? Well, the socks. Yes, just slip them over your shoes, and they’ll give you much better traction in a pinch.

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Okay, so we weren’t done with the uses for socks. Yes, another amazing car hack for them is preventing your windshield wipers from freezing over in the winter. And it couldn’t be easier – just slide a sock over each blade. And for extra care, lift them up and away from the windshield first.

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Yes, it’s not just socks that have multiple uses in your car. As well as absorbing lingering moisture, kitty litter can help if you find yourself trapped on ice. The principle is the same: scattering the litter under and around your tires will absorb the moisture on the ground, causing it to expand. Then, it should give you enough grip to get going.

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Sure, your car probably has a couple of visors meant to block out that annoying glare from the sun. But there’s always one awkward spot that they just won’t cover, leaving you squinting through your commute. To avoid unnecessary eye strain, then, simply tape up some tinted plastic sheets in the offending areas. As you can see, pilots do it too. And if it works for them…

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Need to mount your phone on your dash for the GPS but don’t have a smartphone mount? There’s an easier, and cheaper, way to do it. Indeed, all you have to do is pass a rubber band through your air vents, pulling it out the other end with a pen. Then, slide your phone through the two loops you’ve created, and it’ll hold in place.

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Ideally, you should get yourself to a trained mechanic or service station as quickly as possible if your car’s leaking gas. But few of us actually notice holes in our tanks while parked in a garage, so as a temporary fix to get you there, you can seal the hole with chewed gum. Just don’t use it as a long-term solution.

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If your car is too wide for your garage, you may find yourself constantly catching the doors on the walls. To preserve your vehicle’s bodywork, then, try affixing a pool noodle to the wall (you may need to cut it in half first). It’ll cushion your doors and prevent them from getting scratched on the wall.

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There is one place where we probably spend more time than in the car, though. And that’s at home, of course. So, if you’re going to sort out your vehicle, why not try these nifty ways to maximize the storage space in your house? Just don’t blame us if this gives you the itch to give your entire abode a makeover.

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Not only do thermostats look unsightly, but they’re also prone to being tampered with by guests overstepping boundaries. You can solve all these problems, however, by simply hiding your thermostat behind a hinged painting or picture frame. Easy.

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If you’re sick of having to root around in the depths of your cupboards or shelves for those rarely used ingredients, try hanging a shoe organizer over your pantry door. Yes, as it turns out, they’re not only useful for footwear.

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Whether you’re building furniture or taking it apart, somehow there’s always a rogue nail that slips through your fingers – and doesn’t reappear until it embeds itself in your foot during a hazy night-time trip to the bathroom. Magnetizing the bottom of your hammer, then, is an ideal solution for keeping track of the pointy devils.

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Let’s face it: we’ve all had an ironing board fall on our faces at one point or another. Install a couple of coat hooks on the wall, however, and you’ll never need to fear opening the laundry cupboard again. If only there was a life hack that got us out of the ironing altogether…

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There’s nothing aesthetically pleasing about bottles of detergent. Thankfully, it’s pretty easy to give a little more class to your laundry room with glass drinks dispensers. Simply pile in the detergent and toss the unsightly bottle. Who knows – you may actually enjoy doing the laundry in future.

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Nobody wants paint cans littering up the joint. Luckily, that’s where jars come in. This is especially handy if you’ve just decorated and may have missed a spot – but it’s equally useful for rooms that could need a quick touch up every now and then.

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Fumbling around the shower floor for your toiletries is nobody’s idea of a good time, but when you share your bathroom with a few people, storage space can be tight. Chuck up a curtain rod, then, and all your hygiene-related struggles will be over.

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Folding and stacking your jeans can make it a pain when you need a pair near the bottom of the pile – but threading them through trouser hangers is way too much effort. Thankfully, there’s an easy compromise in the form of “S” hooks. You can thank us later.

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Leaving your spare key under a rock is basically an open invite to burglars in this day and age. So go one step further by sealing the key inside a prescription bottle and gluing a rock or a pinecone to the top. You’ll still be able to find it when you need it, but by burying it in the ground, you’re one step ahead of potential intruders.

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In the interests of saving the environment, it’s a good idea to reuse and recycle your plastic bags when you go grocery shopping. But keeping them stored out of sight can be a tricky business – unless you have a spare tissue box to hand, that is.

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Stick a suction cup on the back, slice a wedge from the front, and your tennis ball becomes a sporty holder of all things practical: be it keys, a pen or even important documents. Stick a few of them up on your wall for a cool-as-they-come themed storage solution.

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Letting your bags run loose can be a nightmare when you’re trying to find a specific one to match your outfit. Handily, repurposed kitchen racks make for great clutch storage. Yes, you’ll never again have to experience the frantic search five minutes before going out. You’re welcome.

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Whether it’s a videogame controller or a TV remote, those electronics can quickly clutter up your coffee table or TV stand. A few strips of Velcro can be an absolute lifesaver, then, freeing up some precious surface area while also looking effortlessly cool on your wall.

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When you think about it, tweezers are stupidly small. So stupidly small, in fact, that we’ve had to order an Amazon Dash button just to maintain a steady flow of replacement pairs when they inevitably go missing. A wiser purchase, though, would perhaps have been a magnet to keep them in one place.

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The bathroom isn’t usually the biggest space in the house, so maximizing what little room there is can be crucial to a happy home. If you’ve got little ones with all sorts of bathtime toys and accessories, then, try hanging up a fruit basket or two. The multiple vertical levels are a godsend.

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Chances are, you’ve got a few LEGO bricks lying around. And if not, it may be worth a trip to your parents’ attic to retrieve your childhood stash. After all, they make for awesome desk organizers – cables even fit snugly in minifigures’ hands.

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If there are any two words more nightmarish to storage makers than “loose balls,” we don’t want to hear them. Thankfully, where basketballs, footballs, soccer balls et al. are concerned, this storage-related loose end may have just been tied up, thanks to some handily repurposed bungee cords.

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Traditional clothes airers can take up a lot of valuable real estate in cramped settings. It seems silly, then, to prop one up on the floor when you’ve got an entire ceiling going unused. So if you’re short on space, try hanging up a ladder. Trust us: it’ll work wonders.

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If you’re after a storage solution for your bracelets that’s as stylish as it is efficient, give this one a go. After all, clear glass bottles would fit into pretty much any décor, be it rustic, modern or otherwise. And you could even mix things up with colored glass bottles for a unique twist on this idea.

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Spice racks have confounded man since basically the dawn of time. Wall-mounted, straight racks are the most easily accessible, but they quickly become unruly with more than a handful of different jars. Rotating racks are more space-efficient, but tiresome to use. The answer? Magnets. Yes, it’s so simple, we can’t believe we didn’t think of it earlier.

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