5 Reasons to Keep Your Vehicle Clean

February 2nd, 2015 by

Let’s face it – life gets busy. Between work, family, friends, activities and more, it can feel like you are always on the go. In fact, some weeks, it may seem as though you are practically living in your vehicle. It becomes the place where you do everything – driving from one destination to another, stopping to grab a quick bite to eat, transporting kids and their activity gear, toting work projects and documents.

Everything happens in your vehicle and over time, it may begin to show. From food wrappers and other items tossed loosely around the interior to dirt and mud clinging to the exterior, in today’s on-the-go society, it’s no wonder our vehicles get so dirty. And while time spent in the vehicle is high, it is still far too easy to place the task of cleaning out the vehicle on the low priority list. However, it is important to stay on top of vehicle cleanliness. After all, if you want your vehicle in top operating condition, it is important to take care of it – inside and out.

Here are 5 reasons to keep your vehicle clean:

Prevent body damage

If you travel roadways that are icy, you probably already know that these roads are frequently covered with sand and/or salt (or a mixture of the two). Although the salt helps to clear the road and keep you from sliding, it can also cause damage to the undercarriage and body of your vehicle. The same is true for dirt – it can erode your vehicle’s surface. To help prevent this from happening, wash your vehicle thoroughly before winter begins and add a good coat of wax as well as a wax sealant. Be sure to seal your vehicle’s undercarriage and then keep it clean during the winter – washing it as often as possible. After each wash, have the vehicle re-waxed. This should help prevent damage from the salty roads of winter.

Spot a problem under the hood more easily

For some, the only time the engine gets any attention is when something is going wrong. However, it is important to keep your vehicle’s engine clean, not only to ensure it is in top running condition, but also because having a clean engine makes it easier to spot a problem in the first place. A torn belt or fluid leak is more easy to find on a clean engine, and a clean engine is less susceptible to rust. Keep your engine clean and your fluids checked regularly to help keep your car running smoothly – and safely.

Maintain your vehicle’s fuel economy

If you’re toting around a load in your trunk, take a minute to sort through it and see what you can remove. Although your trunk may be the place that nobody ever sees and is a good place to stash things, driving around with a cluttered truck can actually affect your vehicle’s fuel economy, thanks to the added weight in the vehicle. The added weight forces your vehicle’s engine to work harder, which burns more gas. It’s best to keep your trunk empty, unless you absolutely need something that is in there.

Clean vehicle means clear windows

When your vehicle windows are dirty, it means that you aren’t seeing as clearly as you could through them and your safety may be at risk. Dirty windows have a tendency to scatter light rays, increasing the effects of glare and blinding you while you are behind the wheel. This is often more noticeable when the sun is low in the sky or when car headlights or street lights are shining at night. To avoid a safety hazard, clean your windows regularly inside and out and stay safe on the road.

Avoid serious injury from loose objects

Anything loose in your vehicle – even small objects – may become a hazard when you brake, come to a sudden stop, or get into a crash. Unsecured objects have the potential to hit drivers or passengers, causing serious harm or even death. Additionally, these objects may create a driving distraction if they slide, slip, or tip while you are driving. Secure anything you are carrying, keep your car clean and free of loose objects, and pack those items you need in your trunk to help prevent them from becoming dangerous projectiles.

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