Winter Car Care: Car Washing
Road salt is the bane of every car’s existence. And here in Wisconsin, it’s everywhere during wintertime. While salt is very important for keeping us safe while driving on snowy roads, it completely destroys the cars it touches. But if it cold outside, you can’t wash your car…right? Not quite.
Here’s why you should wash your vehicle during the winter.
Should You Wash Your Vehicle in the Winter?
Yes, you should wash your vehicle once a week during the winter, especially in snowy and icy places like here in Milwaukee. Road salt + moisture = rust. The best way to combat accelerated winter corrosion is soap and warm water. Washing at a carwash or at home are both viable options.
How to Wash Your Car When It’s Below Freezing
First off, avoid washing your vehicle when it’s below freezing whenever you can. But it you’re in the middle of cold snap, there’s are few steps you can take safely wash your vehicle when it’s freezing.
- Drive your car around for a few minutes with the heater on before washing
- Remove excess snow and salt build-up before washing
- Use buckets of hot soap water and hot rinse water
- Wash the wheels and wheel wells thoroughly
- Wash the undercarriage of your vehicle, if possible
- Pull your car into a warm garage to stop water from freezing while drying
Again, try to wash your vehicle on warmer days to avoid icing up your vehicle and your driveway. If it’s below 0°F, then water will freeze too quickly for you to effectively wash your vehicle.