4 Eco-friendly Tips to Get Your Vehicle Back on the Road
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.
I literally sighed with relief when Spring weather finally arrived. It’s not that I don’t like the cold of winter. The main issue I have is limited mobility. I despise winter driving with a passion! Not only is the winter hard on vehicles, but it also raises my anxiety levels up a few notches. I never know what road conditions will be like so it makes planning to go anywhere almost impossible. I used to be a brave winter driver, but too many close calls have made me the complete opposite.
Here’s a picture I snapped at the end of road conditions in March….see why I hate winter driving???
Now that Spring is here, I’m enjoying driving once again. I recently had to have some maintenance done on my car. It desperately needed a new tire and a wheel alignment. I took it into the shop last week and she drives like new…well, not exactly new, but an improvement from before!
The International Carwash Association® (ICA) has some eco-friendly tips to get your vehicle back on the road after the long, harsh winter. If you’re heading out on any road trips or just want to do a Spring spruce up on your vehicle, these four tips will help you do just that!
1. Wash your car at a professional car wash. Winter months can be especially hard on your vehicle and washing your car is an easy first step to making your car feel new again. 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.
2. Give the inside a deep clean. Winter’s elements are hard on the outside of your car, but many people forget the abuse the vehicle’s interior takes as well. Think of how many times you’ve crawled into your vehicle with dirty, snowy feet and you can begin to understand why cleaning the inside is necessary. Apply some baking soda and a rubber sponge to your floor mats for an environmentally friendly and efficient clean. Then, wipe down interior surfaces with a microfiber cloth and vacuum the fabric and floor to remove dirt, sand, salt and dust.
3. Don’t forget the maintenance check. Winter is finally over, but that doesn’t mean your vehicle can skip an overall maintenance check, especially if you want to save energy. Make sure to have your oil changed and give your vehicle an once-over. Check the fluid levels as well. The more efficiently your vehicle runs, the more gas you’ll save.
4. How’s your 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.
My dad always reminds me to take care of my vehicle so it will last a long time. My car is a 2005 and I do my best to keep up its maintenance. I need it last me a few more years at least so I’m doing everything to maximize its life.
What do you do to get your vehicle ready for Spring?