How to give your car some love after a long winter…
Spring has sprung, and it’s time to get your house in order! But instead of just focusing on spring cleaning your home, the warmer weather also presents you with the perfect excuse to give your car some attention too. Here’s how the Automobile Association (AA) suggests you give your car some TLC after a long winter…
1. Wash off the Winter
Cleaning your car doesn’t just make it look better, it also extends the life of your paintwork (so long as you use the correct shampoo, that is). If you live in an area which experiences a wet winter, such as the Western Cape, dirt like mud or the salt from seaspray could cause rust and corrosion.
Also read: Here’s how to do a waterless car wash
Top tip: wax your car after you have washed it. Use a good, long-lasting wax to protect your car’s paintwork throughout the summer – especially if your car stands in the sun a lot.
2. Less Mess, Less Stress
From receipts to take away containers, we all know how easy it is to let clutter accumulate in the car. But did you know that it also affects your mental wellbeing? A messy car can make you more stressed – especially when you’re running late for work in the morning or if you’re sitting in traffic after a bad day at the office.
3. Freshen up the Interior
Did you know? Cars are a breeding ground for bacteria, carried into your car on your hands, clothes, shoes, sports equipment and more. Keeping your dashboard, trim and upholstery clean and vacuumed is not only visually appealing but can also help you and your family to stay healthy.
4. Give your Messy Boot the Boot
From coats and scarves to kit bags, plenty of useless stuff tends to pile up in your vehicle boot over the winter months. Now’s the time to clean your car boot by collecting all the goodies, recycling all the rubbish, and vacuuming out all the dust and dirt. Don’t forget to shake out your carpet liner!
5. Pop the Hood
Another place which needs a good spring clean, your engine can actually be harmed by trapped dirt and debris. A clean engine will extend the life of your vehicle as well as help to prevent mechanical issues. If you’re not comfortable cleaning your engine, take your car to your nearest petrol station.