WaterSavers Car Tips for the Winter and a $30 Visa Gift Card/Blanket/Car Scraper/Mug Giveaway!

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It is the dead of the winter now. We are reaching the negatives in temperature today.  Now is a good time to make sure you all take good care of your car in these frigid weathers!

unnamed 3 WaterSavers Car Tips for the Winter and a $30 Visa Gift Card/Blanket/Car Scraper/Mug Giveaway!Americans’ love affair with their cars is well documented, along with the dollars they spend each year to keep them running. This is particularly evident in the winter time when the harsh elements can challenge even the most conscientious car owners. One thing’s for sure: Keeping your vehicle in good condition will ensure a safer ride in the short term and a higher resale or trade-in value down the road.

So, before the cold weather takes hold for good, Water Savers included the following tips to help your readers and their vehicles weather just about any storm!

1. A clean car is your first line of defense against winter. While the winter season typically takes a toll on your car, proper maintenance can go a long way to preserving your investment. For example, according to the International Carwash Association®, getting a new wash and a fresh coat of wax before the temperature starts to fluctuate can be your first line of defense against winter elements like ice, salt, sand and slush.

Vehicular corrosion also occurs most quickly when temperatures rise and then fall below freezing. That’s why most auto manufacturers recommend getting your car washed and waxed at a professional car wash twice a month, especially during the winter.
Using a WaterSavers® Car Wash can is a strong first step to ensuring that your car will be ready to withstand the winter elements – inside and out. It’s also a great way to protect the environment. For example, these car washes typically use only 40 gallons (151.5 liters) or less of fresh water per car wash. Learn more and find a WaterSavers wash at Washwithwatersavers.com.

2. Rotate your tires. Most people know they should get their oil changed every 3,000 miles, but many forget their tires need maintenance as well. Tires should be rotated before winter and then again every 6,000 miles.

 

3. Add some winter weight to your oil. Changing your oil and filter is especially important during the winter. Drivers who live in a colder climate should consider changing to heavier, winter-weight oil during the winter months.

 

4. Take care of your wiper blades. Your windshield wiper blades are your first line of defense when the snow starts to fly. Make sure your wiper blades are in good, working order and replace them if you have doubts. It’s better to make this change now instead of finding out your blades aren’t working when you really need them.

 

5. Take your car in for a tune-up. Any noises, pings or sluggish starts you currently notice will only intensify as the temperature drops. It’s best to get your vehicle in for a tune-up as soon as possible to get any issues addressed.

 

6. Give your steering some power. Check your powering steering fluid each month, and make sure the car is warmed up before you do so. If you find the level is low, look for leaks in the hoses or pump. Low power steering fluid will make your car more difficult to steer, which is something you’ll want to avoid as the roads get slick.

 

7. Protect yourself from carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide leaks are dangerous at any time, but they are especially deadly during the winter when you will be driving your vehicle with the windows closed. Have your exhaust system checked to make sure no leak exists.

 

8. Apply the brakes. Besides the seatbelt, your car’s brakes are its most important safety feature. This is especially true in the winter when slippery conditions can make stopping difficult. Before the first snow fall, bring your car to an experienced mechanic to verify that your brakes are ready for the season.

Cold winter temperatures mean vehicle maintenance is even more important. By following these simple tips listed above, you’ll be able to ward off winter’s harshest advances, protect your investment and those who ride inside of it.

To learn more about protecting the value of your vehicle, visit Washwithwatersavers.com.

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  1. Lisa Brown says

    I learned: Using a garden hose at home to wash your car, you can use more than 60 gallons in as little as five minutes.

  2. Julie Wood says

    I learned that residential car washing can put up to 2,200 pounds of surfactants being released into the storm sewer system.

  3. LaTanya says

    The water used in WaterSavers car washes is cleaned through filtration or treatment systems prior to returning to the environment, or it is used again.

  4. Janet W. says

    I learned that residential car washing led to 60 pounds of ammonia being released into their storm sewer system.

  5. Aimee says

    I learned there is an International Carwash Association & I also learned there is a WaterSavers Carwash in my area.

  6. Sandy Klocinski says

    When you wash your car on pavement, the run-off carries the grime and chemicals into the soil and storm drains that empty directly into our rivers.

  7. vickie Couturier says

    I learned
    WaterSavers® car washes use an average of no more than 40 gallons (151.5 liters) of fresh water per car. All of that water is either recycled or returned to the environment cleanly.

  8. melissa Resnick says

    I learned that using a garden hose to wash your car uses 60 gallons of water for every 5 minutes the water is on

  9. Geoff K says

    I learned that a recent study of more than 5 million car washes revealed the rate of damage to be less than one-tenth of one percent!

  10. Kelly D says

    I learned that these car washes use 40 gallons or less of fresh water per wash, less than most washing machines!

  11. says

    that: The water used in WaterSavers car washes is cleaned through filtration or treatment systems prior to returning to the environment, or it is used again. :)

  12. Marti Tabora says

    I learned that there is one not far from my house and that WaterSavers car washes use an average of no more than 40 gallons of fresh water per car.

  13. Kelly says

    I learned that this program incourages car washes to use a lot less water! I also learned there is one near my home :)

  14. ellen beck says

    I learned that through their techniques that they use no more than 40 gallons per car to get your car clean while washing it.

  15. HS says

    WaterSavers car washes prevent water pollution by routing wash water to treatment prior to its return to the environment

  16. Cynthia R says

    I learned that by putting in my zip code in the locations tab, I found there are two car washes that have watersavers.

  17. Heather D says

    Wow…I knew washing your car used a lot of water, but it said washing your car can use more than 60 gallons in as little as five minutes. That is a LOT of water!

  18. RJ says

    I learned that, “WaterSavers® car washes use an average of no more than 40 gallons (151.5 liters) of fresh water per car.”

  19. kath g says

    I learned the average washing machine uses around 45 gallons of water a load. WaterSavers car washes use around 40 gallons per car.

    If you wash your car yourself you use about 60 gallons in five minutes…who knew?

  20. Gina M (Wild Orchid) says

    I learned that “using a garden hose at home, you can use more than 60 gallons (227.1 liters) in as little as five minutes.”

    Entered the rafflecopter form as “Wild Orchid”

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

  21. Kristen says

    Using a garden hose at home to wash your car, you can use more than 60 gallons (227.1 liters) in as little as five minutes.

  22. wen budro says

    I learned not to use my water hose to wash my car. 60 gallons is a lot of water to use in just 5 minutes….Yikes!!!

  23. Ashley R. says

    WaterSavers uses no more than 40 gallons of fresh water per car – which is good seeing how much could be used!

  24. Thomas Murphy says

    I learned WaterSavers car washes prevent water pollution by routing wash water to treatment prior to its return to the environment.

  25. nicole says

    when using a garden hose at home, you can use more than 60 gallons of water in as little as five minutes! Yikes

  26. melissaandkeith miller says

    I learned that the cleaner your car, the less wind resistance That means better fuel economy

  27. Kelly Nicholson says

    Tell me what you learned by visiting WaterSavers

    the whole thing goes over my head…i guess you can wash a car?

  28. harolde says

    I have never heard of Watersavers before this. It sounds like a great idea and something I will be looking for from now on.

  29. Tanya White says

    I learned that Watersaver carwashes use 40 gallons or less of fresh water per car wash — less than the typical home washing machine.

  30. Heather Hayes Panjon says

    I Learned That WaterSavers washes also use only 40 gallons (151.5 liters) or less of fresh water per car wash – less than the typical home washing machine.

  31. Soha MOlina says

    I learned: When you wash your car on pavement, the run-off carries the grime and chemicals into the soil and storm drains that empty directly into our rivers.

  32. Cindy Merrill says

    How shocking! I learned that residential car washing led to 60 pounds of ammonia being released into their storm sewer system.

  33. Erin G says

    Its crazy that just 5 minutes of washing your car thru your hose at home can use up to 60 gallons! It takes me a lot longer to wash my car then 5 minutes!

  34. Debbi Wellenstein says

    I learned that “(T)he International Carwash Association® is the non-profit trade group representing the retail and supply segments of the professional car wash and vehicle care industry across North America and around the globe.”

  35. Natalie says

    I learned professional car washes manage water usage, collect and treat waste water, route remaining effluent to treatment facilities, and utilize water recycling technologies to keep cars and the environment clean at the same time.

  36. says

    I learned that “WaterSavers car washes prevent water pollution by routing wash water to treatment prior to its return to the environment.”

  37. tara land says

    now that my kids are driving i am going to go over the site with them. we also need to be more careful with our antifreeze storage.

  38. Barbara Montag says

    Something I learned – when cars are washed on streets, parking lots and driveways, that dirty water eventually winds up in rivers, streams and lakes.
    thank you

  39. Melissa George says

    i learnt that The water used in WaterSavers car washes is cleaned through filtration or treatment systems prior to returning to the environment, or it is used again.

  40. Jennifer Reed says

    I learned that using a WaterSavers wash ensures that you are using less water than regular driveway or pavement washing, and that all runoff water is returned safely to the environment.

  41. Jessica Cox says

    I learned that when cars are washed on streets, parking lots and driveways, that dirty water eventually winds up in rivers, streams and lakes

  42. Devon F says

    I learned that WaterSavers® car washes prevent water pollution by routing wash water to treatment prior to its return to the environment

  43. Laurie Nykaza says

    A car washes use 40 gallons or less of fresh water per wash, less than most washing machines great information.

  44. mary j says

    WaterSavers® car washes prevent water pollution by routing wash water to treatment prior to its return to the environment. These car washes also use only 40 gallons (151.5 liters) or less of fresh water per car wash — less than the typical home washing machine.

  45. Shannon says

    When you wash your car on pavement, the run-off carries the grime and chemicals into the soil and storm drains that empty directly into our rivers.

  46. Mira says

    I learned that “vehicular corrosion…occurs most quickly when temperatures rise and then fall below freezing”, so best to wash and wax car before temperatures drop.

  47. Carol Nine says

    I learned that washing your car at home pollutes the local water. I also learned that Water Savers car washes use only 40 gallons of water for each car and that it is returned to the environment cleanly or recycled.

  48. Sharon Kaminski says

    I learned that getting a new wash and a fresh coat of wax before the temperature starts to fluctuate can be your first line of defense against winter elements like ice, salt, sand and slush.

  49. Jennifer Nielsen says

    These facts are surprising!

    According to the Alliance for Water Efficiency, the average home laundry machine can use up to 45 gallons of water per load.
    WaterSavers® car washes use an average of no more than 40 gallons (151.5 liters) of fresh water per car. All of that water is either recycled or returned to the environment cleanly.
    Using a garden hose at home, you can use more than 60 gallons (227.1 liters) in as little as five minutes.

  50. sue mccollum says

    I learned that washing cars on streets lets a bunch of pollution go down into the storm system, I didn’t realize how much pollution gets in the water that way!

  51. Tiffany Hartwell says

    I learned that water savers car wash treats the water after cleaning cars so the chemicals don’t run into drains and get into rivers and streams.

  52. Melissa Shirley says

    I learned that the runoff from washing our vehicles can get into the rivers streams and lakes and put chemicals in them this can happen when the water runs off from the pavement.

  53. Kimberly O says

    I was not aware that the simple act of washing your car put so many pollutants into the sewer system. But if you actually THINK about it – it makes perfect sense.

  54. Frank says

    I learned that By reducing water pollution in our communities, we are protecting our streams, rivers and water tables.

  55. Julie Murphy says

    I learned that WaterSavers® car washes prevent water pollution by routing wash water to treatment prior to its return to the environment

  56. Judy Schechter says

    I learned that WaterSavers uses only 40 gallons or less of fresh water, which is less than a typical washing machine.

  57. Carly D. says

    I never really thought about the fact that when you wash your car in your driveway, it can run right back into our rivers!

  58. Robin Abrams says

    I learned WaterSavers® car washes prevent water pollution by routing wash water to treatment prior to its return to the environment.

  59. sandra davis says

    I learned that WaterSavers® car washes use an average of no more than 40 gallons (151.5 liters) of fresh water per car. All of that water is either recycled or returned to the environment cleanly

  60. Heather Wilson says

    I learned that a cleaner car not only looks prettier, but the cleaner car has less wind resistance! Double win!

  61. Kimberly says

    I learned that these car washes also use only 40 gallons (151.5 liters) or less of fresh water per car wash — less than the typical home washing machine.

  62. Michelle L. says

    I was shocked to find out that doing a load of wash uses up more water than taking my car to a Water Savers car wash!!!

  63. Terra Heck says

    I learned that when cars are washed on streets, parking lots and driveways, that dirty water eventually winds up in rivers, streams and lakes. Thanks.
    partymix25(at)Hotmail(dot)com

  64. Wes Hovorka says

    I learned that using a garden hose to wash your car uses 60 gallons of water for every 5 minutes the water is on

  65. Becky Moore says

    A study by the City of Federal Way (Washington) found that residential car washing led to the following being released into their storm sewer system:
    •190 gallons (719 liters) of gasoline, diesel and motor oil
    •400 pounds of phosphorus and nitrogen
    •60 pounds of ammonia
    •2,200 pounds of surfactants
    •3,000 pounds of solids

  66. sheryl granholm says

    I learned that in Water Savers washes all water discharge is routed to a water treatment facility or leech/septic field as permitted.

  67. Allison Downes says

    I learned that over 60 gallons of water can be used in up to five minutes.

    Thank you for the great giveaway.

  68. says

    I learned when you wash your car on pavement, the run-off carries the grime and chemicals into the soil and storm drains that empty directly into our rivers. WaterSaver car washes prevent water pollution by routing wash water to treatment prior to its return to the environment.

  69. Elizabeth says

    I learned that WaterSavers uses less water to wash your car than most washing machines use to do a load of laundry.

  70. Alesha ol says

    Pavement Pollutes
    When you wash your car on pavement, the run-off carries the grime and chemicals into the soil and storm drains that empty directly into our rivers.

  71. amy rouse says

    huh, who knew….

    When you wash your car on pavement, the run-off carries the grime and chemicals into the soil and storm drains that empty directly into our rivers.

  72. tammy farrar says

    When you wash your car on pavement, the run-off carries the grime and chemicals into the soil and storm drains that empty directly into our rivers.

  73. rebecca day says

    I learned: When you wash your car on pavement, the run-off carries the grime and chemicals into the soil and storm drains

  74. says

    I learned WaterSavers® car washes prevent water pollution by routing wash water to treatment prior to its return to the environment. They use only 40 gallons or less of fresh water per car wash.

  75. Roy F. says

    I learned that you can improve fuel efficiency by washing your car because a cleaner car has less wind resistance.

  76. Ashley C says

    I learned that a clean car gets better gas mileage. This gives me even more of a reason to wash my car all the time!

  77. Rosanne says

    I learned residential car washing led to gasoline, diesel and motor oil being released into the storm sewer system:

  78. Debra G says

    WaterSavers® car washes prevent water pollution by routing wash water to treatment prior to its return to the environment. These car washes also use only 40 gallons (151.5 liters) or less of fresh water per car wash — less than the typical home washing machine.

  79. Dorrie Turner says

    By going to a Water Saver Car Wash you not only help save water use and get a great clean, you prevent chemicals, oils, and pollutants from running off driveways into grass, gutters, and into the ground harming the environment.

  80. Lyndsey R. says

    I learned that “WaterSavers® car washes use an average of no more than 40 gallons (151.5 liters) of fresh water per car.” which is less than what most people use taking a shower.

  81. angela saver says

    I learned that the closest location in less than 6 miles from my house. I also learned that I shouldn’t wash my car in the driveway as the water & grime & pollutants end up in our rivers and waterways.

    andysavi.mom@gmail.com

  82. Darlene Owen says

    I learned that WaterSavers® car washes prevent water pollution by routing wash water to treatment prior to its return to the environment.

  83. Susan Smith says

    The water used in WaterSavers car washes is cleaned through filtration or treatment systems prior to returning to the environment, or it is used again.

  84. Theresa Smith says

    I learned that you can actually get better gas mileage by washing your car. I never would have guessed that in a million years.

  85. Brigitte B says

    I learned that grime and chemicals can get into the soil when you wash your car because you drive on payment.

  86. Lisa V. says

    I learned that WaterSavers is a recognition program from the International Carwash Association that helps consumers find environmentally friendly car washes

  87. TallulahJane says

    I learned that the water used in WaterSavers car washes is cleaned through filtration or treatment systems prior to returning to the environment, or it is used again.

  88. TallulahJane says

    What a great post…I need to find if there is one close to my house. I try to be environmentally aware but sometimes I fail.

  89. Sharon Howard says

    I learned that the water at WaterSavers car washes is cleaned and reused and the water I use at home to wash my car harms the ground water so I need to find a WaterSavers carwash in my area.

  90. Joy Q says

    I learned that when you wash your car at home that you rinse chemicals into the storm drains that empty into rivers and streams.

  91. Daniel M says

    learned WaterSavers prevent water pollution by routing wash water to treatment before to its return to the environment

  92. Shannon says

    I learned that their car washes also use only 40 gallons (151.5 liters) or less of fresh water per car wash — less than the typical home washing machine. Crazy!

  93. kim h says

    I am very interested in learning more. I never realized how we are polluting our water with such normal things we do!

  94. Leah Shumack says

    I learned that you should wash your car at the car wash to reduce water! You use 60 gallons when doing it at home!

  95. Terry Cross says

    I learned that using a garden hose at home, you can use more than 60 gallons of water in as little as five minutes.

  96. tina d reynolds says

    I learned and had no idea when washing your car at home you can loose 60 gallons of water every 5 minutes I am sure I loose more because I am slow and have to drag the house from back to front

  97. claire says

    I learned that using a garden hose at home, you can use more than 60 gallons of water in as little as five minutes.

  98. Claire McKeon says

    I learned that you can get better gas mileage by keeping your car clean. Apparently a dirty car slowed down via wind resistance. Who knew??

  99. Amanda Whitley says

    i learned that A study found that residential car washing led to 190 gallons (719 liters) of gasoline, diesel and motor oil being released into their storm sewer system:

  100. Dawn Sterner says

    I learned that when you wash your car on the cement all the chemicals it contains can go to storm drains that empty directly into rivers and streams.

  101. Debby says

    The website does a nice job of explaining how the typical car wash wastes a lot of water and adds harmful chemicals to our environment. It is great to see more people worrying about this as the articles on the levels of chlorine in water came out today too!

  102. Shemp DeYoung (@ShempGames) says

    There is a location not far from me. Next time I need a wash, I would like to give it a try.

  103. says

    I learned that WaterSavers® car washes prevent water pollution by routing wash water to treatment prior to its return to the environment. Apparently car wash run off is a bad pollutant to the environment, I hadn’t really thought of that before.

  104. Trish says

    I learned: “WaterSavers® car washes prevent water pollution by routing wash water to treatment prior to its return to the environment.”

  105. Julie says

    I learned that washing your car can use more than 60 gallons in as little as five minutes crazy.. never knew that..

  106. Bryan E. says

    Thank You for the giveaway… Washing your car on a regular basis can help mitigate the effects of acid rain, road salt, bird droppings, sun damage, etc.; some of the everyday environmental threats to your car’s condition can result in a ruined finish & structural corrosion (rust), among others….

  107. Jessica Whitehouse says

    on’t pollute our waterways or waste precious water by conducting a car wash fundraiser in a parking lot. Instead, contact a WaterSavers® car wash to ask about fundraising options

  108. Sue Hull says

    I learned that it uses a lot of water washing the car at home.60 gallons in 5 minutes. I also learned that car washes recycle their water so none gets wasted. Thank you for the chance :)

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