This 90° Texas weather has got me thinking about summer vacations and road trips! I have teamed up with WaterSavers®, a consumer awareness campaign from the International Carwash Association® (ICA), to share with you a few tips and a giveaway to help you gear up for any upcoming road trips!
WaterSavers® created these four Eco-friendly car tips to get you back on the road:
1. Wash your car at a professional car wash. Using a professional car wash is a great way to protect the environment. According to the International Carwash Association, WaterSavers professional car washes use an average of 40 gallons of water or less per car while recycling and filtering their water to prevent harmful chemicals from going into our rivers and streams. Professional car washes also remove salt from the undercarriage of your vehicle, which is a must after a long winter. By comparison, the average home washing machine uses 41 gallons per cycle, and a garden hose uses 63 gallons of water in just five minutes. You can learn more, and find a WaterSavers wash at Washwithwatersavers.com.
2. Give the inside a deep clean. Outside elements are hard on the exterior of your car, but many people forget the abuse the vehicle’s interior takes as well. Think of how many times you’ve crawled into your vehicle with dirty feet and you can begin to understand why cleaning the inside is necessary. Apply some baking soda and a rubber sponge to your floor mats for an environmentally friendly and efficient clean. Then, wipe down interior surfaces with a microfiber cloth and vacuum the fabric and floor to remove dirt, sand, salt and dust.
3. Don’t forget the maintenance check. Summer is almost here, but that doesn’t mean your vehicle can skip an overall maintenance check, especially if you want to save energy. Make sure to have your oil changed and give your vehicle an once-over. Check the fluid levels as well. The more efficiently your vehicle runs, the more gas you’ll save.
4. How’s your tire pressure and alignment? Low tire pressure will cause your vehicle to overexert itself and waste gas so make sure your tires are up to the task. Your tires list their recommended pressure on the side. If you can’t find it, you can find the recommended tire pressure in your owner’s manual. It is also a good idea to have a certified technician conduct an alignment test since it could have been thrown off by driving over pot holes during the winter months.
Before your next road trip I hope you follow these tips and have a safe summer vacation!
The WaterSavers® program aims to inform consumers that professional car washes are safer for the environment than washing a car at home and on pavement. For more information and to find a certified location near you, visit WashWithWaterSavers.com.
Win It: WaterSavers Prize Package
This giveaway is open to US residents, 18+ only. The giveaway will end at 11:59 pm CST on 5/31.
Prize Pack Details
We have created a special WaterSavers prize package for you which includes:
· Gap Stick
o A versatile auto accessory to help access the hard-to-reach areas of a vehicle. Designed with a strong magnetic hook, the gap stick can pick up a key ring, jewelry or anything else that has slipped between the seat and the center console.
· Phone Caddy
o A plastic phone holder that clips to air vents in any vehicle to keep your phone in view for GPS usage and close to charging outlets.
· Auto Trash Bag
o A sleekly designed bag with a bottom zippered compartment for extra garage bags or hand wipes.
· $50 Visa Gift Card
Disclosure: rays of bliss received the products mentioned above for free. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. rays of bliss is not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.