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Monday, February 12, 2007

A Clean Car Is a Safer Car

If your car is clean, it will be better protected from rust. Rust, of course, is a deadly enemy to auto parts; corrosion can cause parts to fail, which can be deadly while driving.

In winter, however, it’s a lot harder to keep your vehicle clean. If you live in areas that get a lot of snow, it’s especially difficult. However, it is precisely in such areas where it becomes most important.

Salt and cinders, invaluable helpers in winter driving, have the unfortunate effect of producing rust and wear on vehicles. It’s inevitable in winter driving to have accumulations of these, as well as dirt, snow, ice, etc. on your car. But there are ways of dealing with the problem of wintertime dirt:

1. Wait for a warm day to get to the car wash.

This sounds sensible enough, except that in some places, warm days can be few and far between. And when a nice day does finally get here, you’ll find a waiting time of 30-60 minutes at most car washes.

2. Hand-wash your vehicle in a (preferably heated) garage

This is a pretty sensible way of dealing with the problem, provided you have a garage and are physically able to wash your car by hand.

3. Find a car wash with an air-dry system.

These are becoming increasingly popular, as they allow customers to wash their cars in even sub-freezing conditions. The hot air available after the wash keeps your car from being covered with ice.

To learn more about safe driving practices, consider looking into a defensive driving class.


Anonymous said...

Any tips on how often you should wash your car? It seems like I only do it when I can't see out the back window of my camper shell of my pick-up.

9:28 PM


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