Winter Car Care: More Than Just Keeping Up Appearances

Car care experts suggest routinely running your vehicle through the car wash during winter to not only help keep up appearances, but to protect your investment while improving your visibility to other drivers.

A few minutes out of your weekend cleaning both keeps your ride looking presentable and helps your vehicle stand out in rain, fog and snow.

“Wash your vehicle regularly to remove snow, sleet, salt or mud. Use a high-pressure wash and pay special attention to removing debris that collects to the wheels, undercarriage and wheel wells,” said Mike Pennington, global director of human relations at Meguiar’s, a manufacturer of car care products.

Removing the harsh winter road grime on a regular basis will help prevent any potential staining and or damage to delicate components, including wheels, brakes and suspension components.

Wheel and tire care during winter is less about keeping up appearances and more to do with protecting those surfaces from the elements, Pennington said.

Cleaning windows, mirrors and plastic headlight covers enables drivers to better survey their surroundings. Just remember to use a glass cleaner that eliminate smears and won’t leave streaks to help reduce glare.

A clean and clear set of headlights provides maximum brightness and visibility during those long and dark winter nights, so don’t forget to check on them routinely throughout the winter.

Pennington offers the following suggestions for keeping your ride looking sharp and safe this winter:

  • Wash the vehicle regularly to remove snow, sleet, salt or mud. Use a high-pressure wash and give special attention to removing debris that collects to wheels, the undercarriage and wheel wells.
  • Avoid using hot water, as its application on glass surfaces could cause them to crack.
  • Clean your headlights monthly to ensure safe driving and prolonged headlight protection.
  • After removing any debris from the windshield, apply a water-repellent product; this will help water shed itself from the glass as the vehicle travels forward.
  • Clean the interior using an appropriate carpet and upholstery cleaner to remove stains.
  • Use an odor control product to keep the interior smelling fresh and clean.