Tips for the Best Winter Car Wash

Winters in Kentucky aren’t always harsh, but some years, we get our fair share of snow. And when that snow falls, you have to think about how it’s going to affect your car. If you drive on salted roads, that salt—along with dirt, snow, and ice—can stick to your vehicle and erode the metal. Therefore, it’s important to keep your car clean during the colder months, and we’ve researched some advice on how to manage the best winter car wash.


Winterize your car first.


It’s always a great idea to prepare your vehicle before winter hits so you can keep every piece of it in working order.


Wash your car often.


Some sources say that a winter car wash needs to happen every 10 days to two weeks throughout the season, but that may only apply to regions with regular snowfall. However, you should absolutely get it washed once or twice any time you drive on road salt, and make sure to rinse your undercarriage. You can also add baking soda to the wash water to help dissolve the salt.


Get rubber mats.


Carpet mats are a pain to deal with in the winter. You probably track snow and mud in your car daily, and your carpet may seem impossible to keep clean. It’s a good idea to switch them out for rubber mats because those don’t stain and because they might keep saltwater from seeping through to the bottom of the vehicle.


Don’t let the water freeze on your car.


You should only perform a winter car wash in temperatures above 32 degrees Fahrenheit so the water doesn’t freeze your doors shut. You should also make sure your car dries completely and leave the doors open to ensure water doesn’t pool. After this is done, you can re-wax and seal.


A good maintenance routine will keep your vehicle in good, working condition so you can stay safe on the road. But, of course, if your car (or another driver’s) does malfunction and an accident happens, your Hibbs agents will be there for you.