5 tips to keep your car clean during winter

5 tips to keep your car clean during winter

With the winter months approaching you're going to face a new set of challenges when it comes to keeping your car looking pristine. After all, if it frequently snows in your area merely running your vehicle through the car wash and then exposing it to the frigid elements just isn't an option. Fortunately, there are several strategies you can employ to keep a clean car during the winter.

1. Preclude Paint Damage with Preventative Waxing

Snow and ice aren't the only things which may dirty your car's exterior and damage your paint job. Road salt is a highly corrosive substance which can eat through paint and even dent a car's frame. To prevent this, it's recommended that you waxing your car a few weeks before the temperate drastically drops. A good wax job should last for about three months – so, depending on where you live, your vehicle should be protected for most of the winter season if you time it right.

2. Wash your Car When it's (Relatively) Warm

It's never a good idea to wash your vehicle when the temperature is at or below freezing. However, you can get away with it if the temp is around 40 degrees Fahrenheit (or 4.4 degrees Celsius) during the day. We recommend you do this about every ten days consistently to remove dirt, salt and other forms of grime.

That said, be sure to plan around weather conditions, not a set schedule. Furthermore, be sure to wash your car during the morning and on a day where the sky is fairly clear and isn't windy so that your vehicle will quickly dry through evaporation.

3. Drive with Caution

During the winter months it's intuitive to drive cautiously and extra slowly for safety reasons, but doing this will also extend the life of your last car wash. After all, if you aren't zipping around turns, hitting puddles of half melted ice, and recklessly checking curbs, your car is less likely to accumulate additional dirt.

4. Treat your Tires

While they're more resilient, tires are still susceptible to damage from road debris and salt, just like car paint. Fortunately, just like car paint, there exists preventative, fast-drying coatings which will partially shield your tires from the harsh effects of winter-borne grime.

5. Invest in Some Custom Car Mats

Keep in mind, cold climate conditions can not only ruin the appearance and performance of your car's exterior but interior as well. Trudging through inches of sleet, snow, and salt outside and then planting them inside your car can wreak havoc on your vehicles carpeted interior and even its metallic components.

However, purchasing rubber mats supplemented by a supporting bath towel can significantly mitigate this issue. If you really want to maximize the effectiveness of this strategy, buy a pair of custom car mats through online retailers like Amazon or a local distributor so you can cover as much surface area of your cars flooring as possible.

Sources: Breakerlink / Angie's List / Car Throttle

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