It never fails: Whenever I jump on the parkway during the winter, my car gets totally covered in road salt. Gross.
Driving around on regular streets has a similar effect, but it’s not quite as severe.
Today I took it to the automatic car wash for a little maintenance. During the summer, I like to wash it myself, but when it’s cold out, I prefer to have a machine do it for me, ya know?
Washing your car can be a frugal thing.
Road salt can help your paint chip off and can contribute to rust. Not so good.
It’s better to keep your car looking good. Much cheaper than a new paint job.
I hope to drive my car until it can’t go any further (hopefully after it reaches 200,000+ miles. But if I choose to sell it someday, I’ll be glad that I kept it maintained, both under the hood and on the outside.
So, if you haven’t done these things in awhile, I’d like to encourage you to:
- Wash your car! Get all that dirt and salt off!
- Clean out all of the trash inside your car and in your trunk. I had a whole bag full–yuck!
- Get rid of all unnecessary items you’re lugging around. Extra weight = worse fuel economy
- Check your tire pressure. How many psi do your tires need to be happy? Mine need 35. Some gas stations charge for air. See if you can find "free" air locations–they’re still out there!