EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) – It’s important to keep up with your car maintenance, especially when frigid temperatures hit. Many of us ditch washing our cars completely during the winter but experts say, that's not the best idea.
Chris Briggs, a local car detailer says many drivers make the mistake of not keeping their cars clean this season and for those who do, he discourages driver from only relying on automatic car washes.
"A lot of people think going through a touch-less car wash it takes a lot of that build up off and it does an okay job but a lot of times it still leaves that film of salt," says Chris Briggs, Owner of Briggs Detailing in Eau Claire.
Leaving snow, ice, and salt sitting on your car can degrade your paint and cause rust over time. "Especially in the door jamb areas, it sprays water inside the door jambs and then it freezes," says Briggs.
"Its recommended that you wash your car at a touch-less car wash at least once a week during the winter months followed by a hand car wash once a month. And in between car washes experts say It’s especially important to pay close attention to the snow and ice build-up on the outside of your vehicle," says Briggs.
While touch-less, drive through car washes are popular because its quick and easy, it’s not ideal when temperatures are low and for good reason." Say you have a rock chip in your windshield or something like that, water will get into that rock chip and then when you go outside, you drive out, reacting with that cold weather will make that water expand and it could possibly crack your glass," said Briggs.
Many local drive-through car washes even close when temperatures hit freezing. Briggs recommends drivers wait until temperatures are above 32 degrees before running their cars through a touch-less wash.
The key is to use a car wash facility that hand towel dries your car and utilizes low pressure washing methods.