Car Accident Lawyer

Keeping your car clean can make it look nice, but it can do more than that: it can make your vehicle last longer and stay safer on the road. According to some car accident attorneys with our friends at Patterson Bray PLLC, here are some simple tips on how to keep your car clean to make it last longer:

Wash It

It truly is that simple for the outside of your car: just wash it. You can choose to take it to a car wash or simply wash it yourself. If you live in a place that has slick roads, these roads are often treated with harsh chemicals that can chew away and erode the undercarriage of your vehicle. As soon as the weather permits, wash your car thoroughly, paying particular attention to the underside of the vehicle. Washing off the harsh chemicals will save you in the long run.

Get It Treated

For the outside of your vehicle, you can actually have it specially treated to make it extra weather resistant for your area. A local body shop or body detailer will be able to provide more information. Setting up a schedule and regularly taking your car in for maintenance and weather treatments can make it last longer.


For the inside of your car, you should clean it out with a vacuum on a regular basis. Most car washes — and even some gas stations — provide free vacuums or vacuums you can use at a low cost. Make sure to get into the nooks and crannies. Left-over food can attract varmints that may chew through electrical wiring in your car. Bugs may take up residence in protected corners and choose to pop out at inopportune times while driving which can lead to car accidents. Vacuuming regularly can keep unwanted guests out of your vehicle.

Keep Up With Trash

When driving along, it’s easy to throw your trash into the seat next to you or in the back. Do not let this pile up. Trash in your vehicle can easily lead to accidents by obstructing your view or even becoming lodged under the gas or break pedal. Keep a trash bag in your vehicle, and when it is full, throw it away and get a fresh one. If you drive a lot, make taking out the trash a regular ordeal. Maybe every weekend you spend a few minutes clearing out the trash in your car.

Watch Out For Spills

If you spill something in your vehicle whether it is food or drink, make sure to clean it up as soon as possible. Leaving it in your car can cause bad odors to form, and it can even attract those aforementioned unwanted guests such as mice. With more and more electronics being integrated into vehicles, it’s best not to leave a puddle from a sticky drink lying around. Keep some paper towels and napkins in your vehicle for spills, and when you get home, use a designated cleaner to remove the spill. You can also have the interior of your car treated to be spill and wear resistant.

By following these tips, your car will be cleaner and safer, thereby lasting longer on the road. However, if you get into an accident, contact a lawyer near you for help.