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Car washes busy as snow starts to melt

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Phillips' Auto Wash Car wash anna

ANNA (WSIL) -- A side effect of the large amounts of melting snow is a lot of mud, but that mud is keeping car washes busy.

Phillip's Auto Wash in Anna says they are definitely seeing an uptick in business.

If you’re washing your car yourself, keep these winter-weather tips in mind for washing your car in the winter and how to keep your car clean:

  • Use your hands or a brush to remove excess snow or ice from the car.
  • Use warm water Warm water will not only help keep you warm when it is cold outside, but can help melt away some of the road grime, salt and sand that may still be stuck.
  • Avoid washing your car when the temperature is below freezing. This is because you run the risk of the water freezing directly onto your car. (Trust us, you don’t want to deal with a door that’s frozen shut!)
  • Warm up your car by driving around the block a few times. If you must wash your car on a day when temperatures are less than optimal, consider driving the car around to warm up the hood or turning the heater on high to keep the water from freezing.
  • Pay special attention to the wheels. Your wheels they bear the brunt of winter weather driving!
  • Make sure to dry your car as best as possible in case of dipping temperatures.
  • Wear waterproof gloves, boots, and clothing. You’ll likely get wet, so wear waterproof gloves, boots and any other winter weather to help keep warm.
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