Car Tips

Why Washing Your Car in the Winter Prevents Rust

When the temperature drops and the snow falls, most communities send out plows to clear the streets. One of the treatments that get used to help drivers stay safe is road salt.

Another popular choice that’s used proactively is liquid calcium chloride.

Although most vehicles come with rust treatment options today, road treatments can eat through that application quickly during the winter. The only way to remove the substances from underneath the car or the side panels is to wash them away.

Tips for Washing Your Car in the Winter

If you’re washing away the road salt or the liquid calcium chloride at home, you’ll want to keep these tips in mind to ensure that your car stays clean. 

1. Use a gentle brush or your hands to remove any excess ice or snow from the car first.

2. You can use warm water for the washing process because it will help to melt away some of the salt, sand, and grime that gets stuck. Don’t use hot water in cold weather.

3. Try to avoid washing your vehicle when the temperatures drop below freezing. The water could freeze directly to your car.

4. It helps to drive your car around the neighborhood a few times to encourage the engine to warm up. You can also turn the heater on high to prevent the water from freezing.

5. Spend extra time washing out the wheels. They typically bear the brunt of your winter driving experience.

6. Wear waterproof clothing while working. You’ll get wet, even at a car wash, and freezing temperatures will cause frostbite to form quickly.

Proactive washing can stop rust from forming in most situations. If you have any questions about your make and model, be sure to visit or call your dealership to get the answers you need.