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10 Driving Hacks That Will Make You King Of The Road

Driving game: strong. That's you. After reading this. When you've risen to the challenge, check out the Honda Fit. It'll be waiting.

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1. If you're a consistent 55-mph driver, you'll eat up about 30% less fuel than the average 70-mph driver.

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For that and about a million other reasons, don't speed.

2. Keep an open box of dryer sheets in your car.

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It keeps things fresh, and you don't even need to think about it. Or deal with cardboard trees hanging from your mirror.

3. Here are three weird things that you should always have in your car, depending on which part of the country you live in:

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Traction, traction, traction. If you're stuck in mud or snow, put the kitty litter behind the power wheels and get yourself out of that jam. And the salt, as you probably know, melts ice.

4. Next time you wake up to a frozen car door, try a little hand sanitizer to thaw it out.

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The alcohol in the sanitizer will melt the ice, and you'll be on time for work. Hooray!

5. Any King of the Road worth his salt keeps his passengers entertained. Enter: interactive podcasts.

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Here's a small selection of podcasts that involve games and trivia — perfect for a car full of restless travelers.

6. Keep a shoe organizer in your trunk for precision storage.

No more groceries rolling around, no more cluttered trunks. Win!

7. If you find yourself driving a car that isn't yours, know that the arrow on the gas gauge always points to the gas tank side.

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See that little arrow next to the gas pump? It's telling you that the tank is on the right side of the car.

8. Oh, and you're going to need a pair of these SICK night-driving glasses:

The yellow tint reduces blue nighttime glare, and they're aviator. So.
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The yellow tint reduces blue nighttime glare, and they're aviator. So.

9. Learn how to parallel park like a boss.

The key is to know when to cut the wheel, and when to straighten in. And to have confidence. And yeah. Someone wrote a book about parallel parking.

10. Toothpaste on the headlights, guys.

Buff out those lights with some toothpaste on a rag, wash away with water, and they'll be good as new. Trust. Here's a more in-depth explanation.
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Buff out those lights with some toothpaste on a rag, wash away with water, and they'll be good as new. Trust. Here's a more in-depth explanation.