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We all know how to carry an infant car seat, right? You loop your arm through the handle, rest it on the inside crook of your elbow, and let it hang. Then later you pop an Panadol for the wrist, neck and back pain induced by dragging around at least 9kg at an awkward angle.


Some people keep nothing in their cars. Others look like a dumping ground that they're squatting in.

It's important to keep the right things in there so you're prepared for a breakdown or emergency. Here's 20 things to replace the old McDonald's wrappers with.


Trailer backing isn’t as easy as some make it out to be. In fact, it can be very difficult. When backing a trailer many people make the mistake of either turning too sharply or not turning the right way which can lead to the trailer jack knifing on itself. If you’ve been in this predicament before, then here’s a quick guide on how to back a trailer properly without running the risk of jack-knifing it.


From speedy sports cars to formidable four-wheel drives (4WDs), there are many reasons why vehicle owners are compelled to make modifications to their rides. But it's not a free for all; unlike the US where vehicle modification laws are more lax, Australia is fairly strict and navigating all the rules and regulations in this area can be challenging. Which is why Lifehacker Australia will attempt to demystify the laws surrounding vehicle modifications over the next few weeks. Today, we will look at the legalities around raising or lowering your automobile.


Video: Adam Savage, of Mythbusters fame and now at Tested, needed a car seat for his dogs that could go right in the back of his brand new car -- one that would protect the leather interior, but still be thick and sturdy enough not to move around when they get boisterous. He made this, and it works like a charm.


One of the biggest purchases you'll make in your life is a car. Obviously you'd want to keep the paint job in tip top condition so you can admire it and to retain its resale value. While some wear and tear on your car is inevitable, you may be doing things that inadvertently ruin the paint job without even realising. We look at eight common paint problems that are easily preventable.


It's one of the worst feelings in the world. You get into your car. You put the key in the ignition, turn. And nothing. Dead.

What do you do? If you're alone you might have to chase down some stranger and beg for a jump start. That's if you even have jump leads. This handy new piece of gear allows you to jump start on your lonesome.


Picture this: you wake up and realise you're out of milk for your crucial morning coffee. Bugger. You grab your keys, pop into your car, drive down to the shops, jump out of your car without locking it and dash in to get your glorious carton of milk. Believe it or not, you've just broken the law.


The V8 Supercars competition is entirely built around the concept of speed. However, without proper communication tools in place, the whole event can get congested, resulting in one hell of a pileup. Peter Trimble, V8 Supercars' director of finance, learned this to his chagrin while working with the company's hopelessly outmoded on-premises software -- a lingering legacy of the company's humble start-up roots.


Whether you've just purchased a brand new or a gently-used car, Trent at The Simple Dollar financial blog has rounded up some tips to help you save. Some of the tips are obvious to a seasoned automobile owner, like creating and sticking to a maintenance schedule to help give the car a long life. Some of his other tips are excellent but often overlooked:


Take a look at all the devices in your life, and which one seems the most resistant to DIY improvements, repairs and useful tweaking? The answer, most likely, is that four-wheeled gadget resting just outside. But while many of us lifehack fans aren't as comfortable in our driveways as our desktops, there are lots of cheap and (mostly) simple ways to get more from your vehicle and make driving and owning it a bit more enjoyable. Today we've rounded up 10 of our favourite car-related tips and tricks that work whether you're at one with your engine or regard your ride as a mysterious four-wheel transporter. Photo by World Resources Institute Staff.


Many of you might have already experienced your first snowfall of the season, and it's far from over. How do you prepare your automobile for winter? Weblog Dumb Little Man suggests ten tips, from ensuring that your windshield wipers give you maximum visibility on the road to inspecting your antifreeze to adding a protective layer of wax to your car to prevent rain, snow, or salt from wearing down your car's paint. What else do you do for your car before the season gets really chilly and the snow begins to fall heavily? Let's hear your tips in the comments.
10 Tips to Prep Your Car for Winter Driving