Getting the car ready is on the spring and summer cleaning list for most of us, I am sure. I am working with the International Carwash Association to share these tips. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments. Vehicles go through a lot during the winter. It’s time to start enjoying them again during the nicer weather.
Whatever your summer plans might include, everyone should give their vehicles a fresh cleaning for the season. Get all that leftover salt and nastiness off and be ready for road trips or any of your summer travels. WaterSavers®, a consumer awareness campaign from the International Carwash Association® (ICA), has some tips to help us get back on the road in an eco-friendly way.
4 Eco-Friendly Tips to Get your Car Ready for Summer
- Go to the car wash. Get your car washed at a professional car wash. Getting all the winter gook off is top priority and using a professional car wash is a great way to protect the environment. According to the International Carwash Association, WaterSavers professional car washes use an average of 40 gallons of water or less per car while recycling and filtering their water to prevent harmful chemicals from going into our rivers and streams. Professional car washes also remove salt from the undercarriage of your vehicle, which is a must after a long winter. By comparison, the average home washing machine uses 41 gallons per cycle, and a garden hose uses 63 gallons of water in just five minutes. You can learn more, and find a WaterSavers wash at Washwithwatersavers.com.
- Deep clean the interior. Don’t forget about the inside abuse that your car takes over the winter. How many times did you hop into your vehicle with dirty, snowy, and salty feet? Apply some baking soda and a rubber sponge to your floor mats for an environmentally friendly and efficient way to clean. Wipe down the interior surfaces with a microfiber cloth, and vacuum the seats and floor.
- Get a maintenance check. Don’t skip your oil change or having all the fluid levels checked out. The more efficiently your car runs, the more gas you will save.
- Check tire pressure and alignment. Low tire pressure will cause your vehicle to overexert itself and waste gas so make sure your tires are up to the task. Your tires list their recommended pressure on the side. If you can’t find it, you can find the recommended tire pressure in your owner’s manual. It is also a good idea to have a certified technician conduct an alignment test since it could have been thrown off by driving over pot holes during the winter months.
What do you do to get your car ready for summer?