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It’s typical to clean your car after a long road trip, but should you clean it before hitting the road? Short answer, yes!
According to AAA, a record setting 37.6 million U.S. travelers hit the road on the past Memorial Day holiday—3.5 percent more than last year. Having your vehicle in top working condition will make the road safer for everyone this summer.
Experts say keeping your vehicle clean is just as important as other maintenance. If your car windows are dirty or have streaks, it can be difficult to see during storms or when the sun is low in the sky potentially causing an accident. Choosing the wrong type of window cleaner can cause more streaks and haze, which will make things worse. Be sure to use a microfiber cloth and quality window cleaner designed for automobiles. Make sure your wiper blades don’t add to the problem. Cleaning your blades and tips with an alcohol swab will help to keep your windows streak free and will save you from buying new ones.
In addition to the safety reasons for cleaning your car before leaving for a road trip, a pre-cleaning may also help keep your vehicle clean after you return. Whether you wash your car at home or take it to a professional, you should add wax or some other type of coating protectant to help shield your automobile’s finish from the elements. Anything you can do to keep a layer between your car’s paint finish and things like tree sap, asphalt, rocks, dead bugs, and the infamous bird poop will make it easier to clean up in the long run. Don’t forget about the inside. Vacuuming the interior means fewer dirt and food particles can get stuck in the upholstery and floor mats. Regular cleaning will save you time and expense of a major scrubbing down the road.
Before you head out to enjoy your summer, check your tire pressure, fill up the tank, and give your car a quick clean inside and out. You’ll enjoy the ride knowing that your windows are providing the optimal view and your paint is projected.[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner row_type=”row” type=”full_width” text_align=”left” css_animation=””][vc_column_inner][vc_empty_space height=”10px”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_raw_html]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[/vc_raw_html][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_raw_html]JTNDc2NyaXB0JTIwYXN5bmMlMjBzcmMlM0QlMjIlMkYlMkZwYWdlYWQyLmdvb2dsZXN5bmRpY2F0aW9uLmNvbSUyRnBhZ2VhZCUyRmpzJTJGYWRzYnlnb29nbGUuanMlMjIlM0UlM0MlMkZzY3JpcHQlM0UlMEElM0MlMjEtLSUyMDMwMCUyMC0tJTNFJTBBJTNDaW5zJTIwY2xhc3MlM0QlMjJhZHNieWdvb2dsZSUyMiUwQSUyMCUyMCUyMCUyMCUyMHN0eWxlJTNEJTIyZGlzcGxheSUzQWJsb2NrJTIyJTBBJTIwJTIwJTIwJTIwJTIwZGF0YS1hZC1jbGllbnQlM0QlMjJjYS1wdWItOTQ5NjkxOTAxNzQzNjEwOCUyMiUwQSUyMCUyMCUyMCUyMCUyMGRhdGEtYWQtc2xvdCUzRCUyMjk4NTQ3NTk3ODclMjIlMEElMjAlMjAlMjAlMjAlMjBkYXRhLWFkLWZvcm1hdCUzRCUyMmF1dG8lMjIlMEElMjAlMjAlMjAlMjAlMjBkYXRhLWZ1bGwtd2lkdGgtcmVzcG9uc2l2ZSUzRCUyMnRydWUlMjIlM0UlM0MlMkZpbnMlM0UlMEElM0NzY3JpcHQlM0UlMEElMjhhZHNieWdvb2dsZSUyMCUzRCUyMHdpbmRvdy5hZHNieWdvb2dsZSUyMCU3QyU3QyUyMCU1QiU1RCUyOS5wdXNoJTI4JTdCJTdEJTI5JTNCJTBBJTNDJTJGc2NyaXB0JTNF[/vc_raw_html][/vc_column][/vc_row]