The snow, ice, and salt can take a huge toll on your vehicle, here are ways to protect your ride.

On a sunny summer day, it is common to see the line of vehicles waiting to get washed but did you know that during the winter it is more important to take care of your automobile? The snow and ice on the roads can destroy your ride. Wikihow.com has four great tips to keep your car in tip-top condition!

Wash your car twice per month to prevent corrosion. 

It is important that you wash your car regularly, especially during the winter months. Salt and other compounds used to melt snow and ice on the roads can cause damage to your car. Salt, in particular, can cause rust and corrosion if left untreated. Try washing your car every two weeks or at least twice each month.

Wash the car after coming into contact with ice-melting compounds.

While it is important to keep up with regular car washes during the winter, it’s normal to get behind. However, it is extremely important that you wash the car as soon as possible after it comes into contact with salt or other ice-melting substances. This will help prevent rust and corrosion.

Wax your car for an extra layer of protection.

After washing your car, consider adding a protective wax to the exterior. Wax can help protect your car’s exterior from the salt and other ice-melting chemicals that are applied to roadways during the wintertime.

Maintain your car’s fluids during the winter.

 It’s important that you are on top of fluid maintenance during the winter. Some fluids, like windshield wiper fluid, can freeze in the reservoir or on the windshield itself. Try swapping it for a wiper fluid that contains de-icing agents.

Try using rubber interior mats in the winter.

Snow, salt, and moisture can wreak havoc on your car’s interior mats. Moisture can also seep under the mats and cause the car to rust. To protect your car’s frame and interior mats, replace your car’s interior mats with rubber ones during the winter.

Have fun taking care of your vehicle this chilly winter, just try and stay dry!

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