The kids and I had a bit of a scary experience a few weeks ago. We were driving to school, and I noticed my windshield was covered with a film of dirt and the salt they put down to melt ice on the roads. No problem, I thought, as I pushed my car’s Windshield Washer button.
The windshield cleaning fluid sprayer worked, but all the windshield wipers did was spread a huge smear of dirt across the entire windshield. I couldn’t see anything in front of me!
Luckily, I was able to safely pull over, clean my windshield, and get us back on our way to school. This little incident taught me how important it is to get your car ready for winter. All it takes are a few simple preparations to keep your vehicle running efficiently and safely.
I never would have thought that neglecting my windshield wipers could create such a safety hazard for myself and my kids. I have now replaced my warped windshield wipers and made sure my husband replaced the wipers on his truck.
All vehicles need to have good wiper blades to combat winter’s snow and icy rain. It only takes a moment to test them out and make sure they work properly.
Winter Car Care Tip: Get a Car Wash Regularly
Since it snows pretty often where we live, the roads can be snowy, icy, slushy or a combination of all the above. The salt and sand that gets put on the road to melt the ice can wreak havoc on vehicles, especially on the underbelly.
I like to take my van through a car wash in winter to get rid of all the gunk that builds up under there. This prevents rust and helps maintain the overall value of my vehicle.
I learned that my local WaterSavers car wash uses less water per car wash than a load of laundry! Car washes that use less water are better for the environment. Click to find a WaterSavers car wash location near you.
No matter where you live, it’s a good idea to get regular car washes to keep windshields, mirrors and lights clean for better visibility and safe driving. A winter car wash and wax is a great first line of defense against the elements like ice, salt, slush and sand.
A clean car is my happy place.
Besides replacing my windshield wipers and a car wash, there are a few other things I need to do to get my van ready for winter. This fun infographic breaks it down into 6 easy tips for how to prepare your car for winter. Have you followed these car car tips for cold weather? Which ones do you need to add to your To Do list?
For more helpful tips on winterizing your car, please visit the WaterSavers website.
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of International Carwash Association: WaterSavers. The opinions and text are all mine.