How Often Should I Wash My Car in the Winter?

Do you find yourself asking, “How often should I wash my car in the winter?” Many people believe you shouldn’t at all, depending on how cold it gets. Others recommend too often. We at Rothrock believe there is happy medium to be found: about once or twice a month.

Why is it important to wash my car during winter?

You might not just be wondering, “How often should I wash my car in the winter?” but also, “Why do I need to?” Unfortunately, salt is a necessary evil in poor weather conditions. While it makes driving conditions safer for all of us, it does some pretty bad damage to our roadways—and potentially our cars.

If unattended to, salt (along with ice and debris) will cover the exterior of your car, and the undercarriage, which can lead to rust and even more severe damage. The occasional car wash will help keep this issue at bay.

What are the best practices for washing my car in the winter?

Because the temperature is dropping, you’ll want to make sure you aren’t washing your car at a time that the water will freeze, especially where door handles and locks are concerned. If you can, wash your car earlier in the day, on a sunny one. Then leave your car out under the sun all day to dry before it gets extra cold at night.

Have any other questions about winter car maintenance? Stop by our service department today!