Yes, this might seem like an asked-and-answered question to some, but it’s important to note the winter season impacts your vehicle differently than any other time of the year. This is especially true if you’re in an area that experiences harsh winters, as items like salt and freezing temperatures can increase your vehicle’s chance of experiencing external changes. Keeping this in mind, the short answer is yes, you should wash your car in the winter, but there are a few things you should be aware of before you break out your water hose, favorite soaps and cloths.
Why You Should Wash Your Windshield in the Winter
Visibility through your car’s windshield and other windows is one of, if not the, top reason drivers should be sure to have their cars washed. Without regular winter car washes, dirt, grime, and salt can build up on your windshield and mirrors. This buildup can impair your visibility and increase the risk of you ending up in a dangerous or hazardous driving situation, according to experts.
If you’re washing your car by hand you should make sure you’re not only washing, but also defogging your windshield and windows regularly alongside the rest of your car. You do this is ensure you have proper windshield visibility.
Here are a few reasons you should keep your car clean this winter:
Washing Your Cat at the Right Temperature
Although it is important to keep up with your car washes throughout the winter, it’s also important to be aware of the temperature before you go through your local carwash or wash it by hand. There have been mixed answers on what temperature is too low for vehicle washes, as some exterior vehicle professionals say 40 degrees and others say 30 degrees. The reason why you should be aware of the temperature before you wash your car – water that hits your car when the air is too cold could cause your door handles and locks to freeze shut. If this were to happen you, the owner and driver, would be restricted from utilizing your vehicle.
The goal is to wash your car’s glass when the temperature is above freezing during the winter. It’s also a good idea to make sure your car is dried thoroughly because it’s common for road salt to stick onto a wet car.
You also shouldn’t put ice cold water on a warm windshield, because drastic changes in temperature can cause the glass to expand and shrink rapidly. The glass typically heats faster around the edges, so the expansion and contraction is happening at different rates, which can lead to cracks.
How Often Should You Wash Your Car?
Washing your car is something several experts recommend doing every two weeks or so throughout the year. Of course you can increase that amount if you notice excess debris, dirt, or salt built up on your car. In fact, many experts suggest those who live in areas with a lot of salt (either from a nearby body of water or from salt trucks in the winter) should increase the number of washes for your vehicle, as excess salt corrodes metal and causes rust. Your car can go longer between washes if you don’t drive it as often or if you keep it in a garage and out of the elements during the winter.
Washing Your Windshield in the Winter
Hopefully you now know that you can and should wash your car in the winter, in order to prevent possible corrosion and rust. If you’re still unsure about whether or not you should wash your vehicle by hand or go to a nearby carwash don’t hesitate to reach out to an expert at Glass.com, we’ll be happy to pair you up with one of our experts.
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