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Simple Winter Car Tips That Anyone Can Do
With winter fast approaching, you may be getting nervous about how to take care of your vehicle once the cold weather hits. It’s tempting to think that you just have to deal with it like everyone else. But what if you didn’t have to accept the fate of winter? What if there were a better way? These 6 tips winter car tips will make all the difference.
1.Wax Your Car Before the Weather Comes
The best time to solve a problem is before it happens. After the snow and icy rain leave the dirt and other remnants on your car, you have to work to get rid of them. But, there is a way to keep that dirt from sticking. Wax not only makes your car look nice and shiney, it also provides a protective covering over your paint. A layer of wax between the winter weather and the surface of your vehicle will make the winter days ahead much easier for your car to bare.
2.Pre-wash Your Car in Snow Foam
Many public car washes have a snow foam option. This is a great way to clean your car before you clean it. The snow foam basically removes the big stuff. It takes the obvious splotches of debris off of your vehicle. It doesn’t remove the minor specs, but washing the specs off after the bulk of the work has been done by the snow foam is much easier than physically cleaning off clunks of filth the winter weather has left on your car.
3.Use Rubber Floor Mats
Okay, call them your “fancy winter car rugs” so your friends don’t think you’re using cheap rubber to make life easier for you. But let’s face, cheap rubber would make life much easier for your car in the winter. The spots of melted snow on your nice carpeted floor mats are difficult to dry. And there is no guarantee that the “stain-look” will completely disappear. But snow melted on rubber can easily be wiped dry in seconds or even left to dry on its own with no real harm.
4.Rub Your Wheels with Tire Gel
5.Put Antifreeze Additive into Your Windshield Wash
Sometimes, your car may need a simple squirt and wipe to clean the windshield. But what happens when the water in your windshield wash freezes? The good news is that doesn’t have to happen to you. Pouring an antifreeze additive to your windshield wash at the beginning of winter can keep the water flowing for a quick squirt and clean your windshield at any time throughout the winter season. This may seem like a no-brainer, but many folks forget until the first hard freeze happens which leads to frustration.
6.Invest in a Car Cover
If you have to park your vehicle outside for extended periods of time during the winter, you may benefit from a car cover. This simple cover not only protects your vehicle from the falling snow and ice, it also protects it from the long-term damage of extended exposure to moisture. This investment alone could save your hundreds of dollars by preventing a more expensive problem from occurring later on.
There is no way to prevent the winter. But there are definitely some ways you can prevent your car from suffering through it. By waxing, washing with snow foam, using rubber mats, and following these other winter car tips you will definitely be more prepared for winter and your car will last a lot longer in harsher conditions.
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.