Street Survival - Advanced Defensive Driving

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Cleaning a car is a chore for most of us, however there are sound reasons for keeping a vehicle clean.

? Questions:

Maintenance Cleaning Body

Thorough Clean

To clean the vehicle body, follow the sequence of steps below:

  • Make sure the body is cool and do not wash in direct sunlight, preferably shade.

  • Have all the cleaning materials on hand:

  •       Hose.      

  •       Buckets:

  •             1x Clean water.

  •             1x Water with car shampoo dilution.

  •       Car shampoo with wax. Do not use harsh household                  detergents which will damage polymers in the finish.

  •       Natural soft sponge or lambswool wash mitt.

  •       Tire cleaner.

  •       Chamois.

  •       Micro fiber cloths.

  • Remove larger debris such as twigs and leaves with your hands.

  • Rinse entire car with a high-pressure hose to remove loose dirt that can scratch the paintwork.

  • Clean wheels first. See wheels.

  • Start at the top and work your way down.

  • Wash using the sponge or mitt soaked in car shampoo, starting at the top and working down.

  • Do a section at a time, rinsing each section before the soap suds dry.

  • Rinse sponge often in bucket with clean water.

  • Do not let the surface air dry, which will leave water marks. Dry using chamois.

  • Clean interior. See interior.

  • Once car is dry, clean windows. See windows.

? How often should I wash my car?

The frequency at which you should wash your car can depend on various factors, including your location, climate, driving conditions, and personal preferences. However, as a general guideline, it is recommended to wash your car every two weeks to once a month. Here are some factors to consider:

  • Weather and Environment: If you live in an area with heavy pollution, dust, or salted roads, you may need to wash your car more frequently to prevent damage to the paint and undercarriage.

  • Driving Conditions: If you frequently drive on muddy or gravel roads, or if you encounter a lot of bugs, bird droppings, or tree sap, it's advisable to clean your car more often to avoid potential damage or staining.

  • Regular Maintenance: Washing your car regularly not only keeps it looking clean and shiny but also helps maintain the overall condition of the paintwork. Regular washing removes dirt, grime, and contaminants that can corrode the paint and lead to long-term damage.

  • Personal Preference: Some people simply enjoy having a clean car and may choose to wash it more frequently. If you take pride in your vehicle's appearance or if you want to maintain its resale value, washing it more often can be beneficial.

  • Rule of thumb: When you see your car is dirty, then time for a wash.

Remember that washing your car too frequently or using harsh cleaning agents can potentially strip away the protective wax and damage the paint. It's important to use appropriate car-washing products, follow proper techniques, and consider factors specific to your situation when determining the ideal frequency for washing your car.

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