Protecting Your Car In Winter
The last thing you probably want to do in cold weather is wash your car. No one likes to venture out in the wind and ice with buckets of water when they could snuggle up by the fire instead. Plus, you might freeze your doors and locks if the temperature dips too low. But, trust us, winter elements will wear on your car, and a few washes throughout the colder months. Here are a few tips for protecting your car in winter.
How winter conditions affect your car …
Wintry weather brings snow days and sledding—and lots of road salt. While the salt may keep your car from crashing, it does little for the paint and undercarriage. In fact, it can cause permanent damage and corrosion if left unchecked—and corrosion will lead to rust, mechanical problems, and, ultimately, a significant drop in resale value.
How you can protect your vehicle when the temperature drops …
A few simple measures will preserve your car from harmful winter elements and keep all the mechanics in working order.
Wash your car every few weeks.
Wait for a warmer day to get out your sponges and pails. Thoroughly clean areas where salt commonly collects, such as the grill, quarter panels, undercarriage, and sections behind the wheels. Us a pressure washer, if possible, to clear the metal of stubborn salt and dirt build-up, or opt for a professional wash.
Get a wax.
A wax coating will protect your paint not only from salt but also from dirt, acid rain, and other elements that can cause damage.
Coat your undercarriage.
Apply an extra layer of protective coating to your vehicle’s undercarriage to help decrease salt buildup.
Prepare your windshield and windows.
Clean these areas and then cover them with an anti-fog coating to keep your view clear while driving. You should also consider replacing your windshield wiper fluid with de-icing fluid.