Hidden Benefits of a Clean Car
You know how a clean home makes you feel. But what about a clean car? Often, too little attention is paid to the health benefits of auto detailing in addition to that trip to the car wash. Plus, keeping your vehicle in pristine shape means you’ll be safe on the road and better able to handle routine maintenance.
1. Longer Vehicle Life
By waxing your car, you are keeping the paint job in good shape. The natural deposits of dirt and salt that you gather from driving will corrode the body of your vehicle over time. The benefits of cleanliness extend to the engine, where a regular wipe down can prevent damage from buildup of debris.
2. Better Mental Health
You spend a lot of hours inside your car. If that environment is clean, you can feel more focused and organized. Most people are happier if they keep neat living areas in their houses; the same is true for that vehicle where you may meditate or contemplate your days to and from work.
3. Safer Driving
Visibility is a key to accident prevention. What detracts from your visibility? Dirty windows and rear-view mirrors. If you keep them clean, you can better evaluate what’s going on around you. Plus, clean headlights lead to maximum illumination, a must for driving at night or in inclement weather.
4. Better Physical Health
Think of the dirt that’s probably built up inside your car. Even if you are a tidy person, there’s probably bacteria on the hard surfaces. That’s not to mention dust and residue on the seats and flooring. It can lead to poor air quality, aggravating people with allergies or breathing problems.
5. Improved Fuel Economy
A layer of dirt actually makes your engine work harder. That’s because it increases drag on the vehicle. Your fuel economy goes down, therefore, if you don’t regularly wash the exterior of your vehicle. Reduced fuel economy means that a dirty car is money out of your pocket.
6. Personal Pride
Your car may or may not be a status symbol, but it is an accessory with which you are regularly associated. You want your car to reflect the same pride you feel with your personal appearance. After all, you probably spent quite a bit of time thinking about the make, model and color of the vehicle before you bought it — why not keep it looking its best?
7. Sparking Joy
You probably know this phrase as connected with organizer Marie Kondo. You can certainly use the KonMari method to declutter your car, but instead of joy, look at it as utility. Ask yourself, of all the things you keep in your vehicle, “is this necessary?” Removing some of the extra weight will not only improve your sense of wellbeing, but reduce the number of pounds your car’s engine has to work to drag around.
It’s In Your Hands
So, if all of these benefits sound good to you, it’s time to get started. Of course you can pay for professional detailing and run your vehicle through a car wash. But you can also get the satisfaction of doing the job at home. Read our piece on how to wash and polish your car for tips on how to do it right. Before you know it, you’ll be clear-headed and sparking joy — or utility — in your beloved set of wheels.