Driving around in a clean car is a hundred times better than driving a car that is both filled with trash and smells horrible. What’s more, arriving in a dirt-covered vehicle isn’t exactly going to make a great first impression on your date.
Proper car care for your vehicle
Now, as much as it would be great to wash your car inside and out every day, it just isn’t possible. Sure, you could do it, but it will surely take up a lot of time and use up a lot of resources.
Give your car a thorough cleaning every few weeks is enough, but to keep the vermin out and to avoid looking like a dump truck accidentally poured its content into your car, you need to do your part and make sure it doesn’t build up. Here’s how you can do it:
Avoid eating in the car
It doesn’t take much for cockroaches and mice to find your car, especially if you leave treats behind for them to find. They see your crumb-lined car, and they will decide to make it their home. Mice are especially tricky as they will gnaw through your car’s wires and cause it to malfunction, costing you thousands of dollars in repairs. Repairs that could have been avoided if you just avoided eating in your car
Using the weather
A little rain every now and then won’t hurt your car. You can park your vehicle in the open from time to time and let nature’s car wash to help get rid of light dirt on the outside. It’s effortless and costs you nothing. A great way to get your car clean in between car washes.
NOTE: Only do this once in a while, leaving your car out in bad weather may result in faster paint deterioration over time. So, make sure to park it in your garage most of the time.
Take the trash with you
Road trips or car rides with kids can always result in bits of debris here and there. If you let it sit there, it can eventually pile up, and before you know it, your car is a moving dumpster.
Make it a point always to pick up the trash on your way out. It helps to have a waste bin or garbage bag inside the car to make clean up a lot easier.
Wipe your feet
Remember to shake off dirt from your shoes before stepping inside your vehicle. This can help save you time when vacuuming. Have passengers do the same thing to ensure that dirt does not get inside your car, and help maintain its cleanliness.
Utilise the glove compartment
The glove compartment is a great place to store your documents and first aid items. But you can also use it to store some car care products like wipes and tissues to clean up any accidental spills.
If your glove compartment is already full, you can always store these items on your car’s centre console for easy access.
To make cleaning your car less of a hassle, it is essential to develop a habit of cleaning up after yourself each time you use your vehicle. An air freshener in your car can also help fight off bad odours, and introduce you to a fresh smelling car whenever you enter.