Fun fact: the smell of a new car is universally one of the most loved smells of all time. The mixture of fresh leather, cleanliness, and freshening spray is the perfect combination to make you appreciate one of life’s biggest purchases.
Naturally, car owners will do anything to preserve that new car smell for as long as possible. (The “new car” scent air fresheners just don’t quite do the job with the same effect.) From rules about not eating in the car to getting weekly car washes, there’s a lot that can be done to preserve your car. But one of the most common signs of wear and tear often goes overlooked.
Winter wear and tear
Though most drivers easily recognize the need to protect their paint and undercarriage from salt, snow, and mud their car comes up against in the winter, they forget about protecting their interior. Hence, many cars go through major phases of wear and tear every winter as rain, ice, and snowmelt track into the car. This moisture leaves behind dirt and oil that wears out seats and floor mats. And worst of all, rain and melted snow create a musty smell that makes “new car smell” a dream of the past.
Preparing your car for the season
Luckily, winter wear and tear can be heavily minimized and even prevented with a few seasonal practices. Here are some tips to keep your car in good shape all winter long.
Install rubber mats and plastic seat covers. Look for a deep-pocketed tray style of car mats, that will stay flexible no matter how cold it is. Quality rubber is important to avoid cracking and poor protection. Seat covers are highly effective for keeping moisture off your upholstery, so don’t skimp in this arena either.
Always give your feet a stomp before climbing in. This is a simple, free step that’s easy to forget, but it makes a world of difference if practiced regularly. When salt and snow accumulates on your shoes, you can get rid of a lot of it by simply whacking your show on the side of the car before you get in.
Get regular car shampooing during the winter. If you keep up with regular shampooing, your car will never stray too far from its original condition. Go the extra mile and get the more expensive car wash at least once a month.
Use seat conditioners. Especially useful if you have leather interior, seat conditioners are an excellent way to prevent wear and tear. These conditioners should be applied before winter hits and will create a water-resistant barrier for your seats and upholstery.
Keep sanitizing wipes in the car. Sanitizing wipes serve a dual purpose in the winter, keeping layers of grime to a minimum and also stopping the spread of seasonal germs. It’s a win-win.
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