Surprise Mom with a Clean Car

Between running errands and shuffling kids to and from practice and school, moms have very little time to clean out the crumbs, papers, water bottles, fast food wrappers and other stuff that accumulate in the family car. This Mother’s Day, surprise mom with the simple gift of a clean car that will not only make her smile, but will also lessen her driving distractions, according to the Car Care Council.

“Just about every mom knows what it feels like to have a water bottle rolling dangerously close to the brake or gas pedal. Getting this stuff out of the car and giving it a good thorough cleaning will go a long way toward eliminating hazards that can be a distraction to mom, making for safer driving conditions,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council.

When cleaning the car, approach the inside first and follow with the outside. Remove all trash, including what has accumulated in the trunk, vacuum the inside and clean the windows.

When washing the outside, include the tires and wheels and the underside and fenders to eliminate any road salt or grime. Wheels and tires should be cleaned with a mitt other than the one used to wash the body. This step will avoid contaminating the vehicle’s paint with debris from the wheels and tires.

The vehicle should be washed in the shade and using a product sold specifically for cars. The council recommends washing one section at a time, thoroughly rinsing away the soap as you go. Clean the fenders and bumpers last since they will have the most dirt and grime that can contaminate the wash mitt.

The car should get a final rinse by letting water cascade down the surfaces of the vehicle. To avoid water spots, use a chamois or other product made for drying to dry the car.

Time permitting; you may also want to wax the car according to the manufacturer’s instructions for application. Waxing should always be done out of direct sunlight and every six months.

Any stone chips, rust or other problem spots identified while washing your vehicle should be taken care of immediately to prevent further damage.

For an added touch after the car is clean, consider adding a liter bag or car freshener, or accessorizing mom’s car with new floor mats.

The Car Care Council is the source of information for the “Be Car Care Aware” consumer education campaign promoting the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair to consumers. For a copy of the council’s Car Care Guide or for more information, visit www.carcare.org.

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